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I’m Joining the 2012 Chunkster Challenge

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Last year, around May, I created a Goodreads account and challenged myself to read 40 books before 2011 ends. I barely made it but I did. This year, I’m challenging myself to read 48 books for Goodreads.

But, I wanted to challenge myself a little more. There are a lot of Reading challenges out there. But, the 2012 Chunkster Challenge caught my attention. Plus, I think this would not be an easy challenge. I mean I’ve been reading 2666 since January 3 and I still have around 200 pages to read. I’ve been procrastinating. There are days that I only read 10 pages. Eeeek…

Maybe joining the Chunkster Challenge would be motivation enough for me to read faster.

You can click on the image above to read more about this Challenge. Here’s how they defined a Chunkster.
A chunkster is 450 pages or more of ADULT literature, whether non-fiction or fiction. A chunkster should be a challenge.

If you read books in large print, your books will need to be 525 pages or more. The average large type book is 10-15% larger or more so it’s a fair estimate

Challenge Timeframe: January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012

My Participation Level: Mor-book-ly Obese

Participation Level Defined:

The Chubby Chunkster – this option is for the readers who want to dabble in large tomes, but really doesn’t want to commit to much more than that. FOUR Chunksters is all you need to finish this challenge.
The Plump Primer – this option is for the slightly heavier reader who wants to commit to SIX Chunksters over the next twelve months.
Do These Books Make my Butt Look Big? – this option is for the reader who can’t resist bigger and bigger books and wants to commit to SIX Chunksters from the following categories: 2 books which are between 450 – 550 pages in length; 2 books which are 551 – 750 pages in length; 2 books which are GREATER than 750 pages in length (for ideas, please refer to the book suggestions pagefor some books which fit into these categories).
Mor-book-ly Obese – This is for the truly out of control chunkster. For this level of challenge you must commit to EIGHT or more Chunksters of which three tomes MUST be 750 pages or more. You know you want to…..go on and give in to your cravings.
Call me crazy. But most of the books on my TBR pile are around 450 pages and up. So, why not go all out. Right!

Note to self: Good luck! Stock up on coffee and chocolates!

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New Year… New Goal

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I’m a sucker for challenges. But this, in the past, never really applied to reading. Until last year, when, for health reasons, I had to place myself under house arrest. Hahaha…

Out of boredom, I’ve decided to do a little spring cleaning. Well, actually, it was my allergy to dust that prompted me to clean.  But, anyway,  health living is really not the point I’m trying to drive at.

Back to my story. So, there I was, trying my very best to de-clutter the house. Making sure I get rid of the unwanted stuff just left there to gather dust. I was pulling out boxes and big plastic containers left unattended ever since the house was remodeled. Who knew those boxes held treasure? All the while I thought it contained a lot of old, used, and broken stuff kept out of my mom’s sentimentality… and “pack-rat-ness”.

Seeing the books, I sat down, dusting and leafing through the books. Leafing turned to scanning. Scanning turned to skimming. Skimming turned to reading. Cleaning and dusting forgotten.  Of course, I went back to it eventually… after reading a considerable number of pages… ok… half the book.

Those 2 months of unemployment allowed me to read more than 10 books.  I ended last year with 40 books (Goodreads Challenge). But, somehow I was not able to record all of those books here since I started this blog a lot later than Goodreads. And I’m a bit lazy to update my list here.

But, 2012 is a new year. As per tradition, a new year is always equated with a new start. Thus, goals and resolutions abound.

Since, last Jan 2010, my ultimate goal is to create a new and improved me. This goal includes honoring myself. Needless to say, part of this goal is to enrich my heart, mind, and soul, through reading. This year, I intend to read 48 books or  19,635.  Why this number? (Click here.)

Reading is just one of the many goals I have for 2012. Here’s to a great reading year ahead. Happy reading my friends!

Reading and Writing Backlog

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It’s nearing Christmas… The time of the year that I’m most swamped with work. This year is looking up to be my busiest to date. I’m not complaining though. Who wouldn’t want extra income during the holidays. I am certainly one who would take advantage of the opportunities coming my way. My motto is enjoy it while it lasts. Hehehe… The only drawback of accepting these opportunities is that I do not get to read as much. And since, I do not get to read I also do not have anything book-related to write about.

Oh well, I guess it’s time to treat reading and blogging as part-time work. Maybe then I’d follow my self-imposed reading and blogging deadlines.

Book Buying Addiction

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“Hi, I am KikayReader, and I am a book buying addict.”

Yes, you read it right. BOOK BUYING ADDICT. Not a BOOK-A-HOLIC. To differentiate, a book-a-holic is a more accessible word for a bibiliophile. Someone who loves to read. Someone who can effortlessly finish a book or two (and sometimes 3) in one sitting. A book buying addict just purchases books faster than he/she has time to read them. Which is a perfect way of describing me. I get a thrill out of buying books and yet I hardly have the time to read even one.

Most times, I open a book only to discover that the pages have already started to yellow and emit a certain foul smell. Resulting in an almost endless chain of sneezing, watery eyes, a headache and blurred vision. Thus, the need and excitement to read the book is dramatically lessened. Not because I’m picky. But because it literally makes me sick.

Even with this knowledge, I still can’t stop myself from hoarding books. I still can’t stop myself from entering a bookstore every time I am at a mall. And somehow there’s the need to purchase a book. Leaving the bookstore empty-handed also leaves me with a feeling of emptiness. Just yesterday, I dropped by the mall to have some papers photo-copied. Close to the photocopying establishment is a Booksale. I was drawn to it just like metal filings to a magnet. I was telling myself there’s no harm in browsing while waiting for my photocopies to be done. Well, I came out with 4 hardbound books.

I’m sick i tell ya. Maybe it’s time somebody start a sort of AA for book buying addicts. I’m pretty sure I’ll be the first client.

Oh… And isn’t it just crazy that I even have the gall to start a blog? How will I even have the time to write when I don’t even have time to read. Haisht… This is insanity.

My new mantra should be: “I can make time”.

 

Unscheduled Bookhunt

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Spontaneity is the theme of my day.

It started out with me going to a satellite office of NBI to get another copy of my NBI clearance. Thinking that it was a satellite office I thought that lines would be short. What greeted me was a snake of a line. In my head, I refused to acknowledge that what I am seeing is actually the line for NBI. Maybe, just maybe, it was the line for the mid-week service of it’s Christian Church neighbor. Refusing to have my spirits dampened by what lay before me, I optimistically approached the nearest “Manong Guard” I could see. With my impersonation of a sweet kolehiyala I asked him “Manong, san po ang pila for NBI clearance?”  His answer, “Ito po. Pero wala na pog number balik na lang kayo bukas ng 5am.” I said “ok”. But my mind was shouting “HUUUUWHHAAAAAATTTTTT?!!!”

So what now? Well, I walked away. Aimlessly. Looked at my watch and it’s just 2:30pm. What to do… what to do… My feet were leading me to the basement where Booksale was located. I’m walking… walking… walking… and suddenly my phone rang. It was my friend who wants to meet up in Cubao for dinner.  I immediately said yes. As soon as I got of the phone, I remember that tonight is the American Idol concert in Araneta. This is another way of me saying, “Expect Heavy Traffic to Cubao”, “Parking Not Available starting 5pm”, and “Leave Now If You Want to Play Good Friend”.

Ok. I guess that was overly dramatic. I do indulge in that every once in a while. But this was good drama… I think. It got me to Cubao at 4:50pm. Over an hour to kill before I meet my friend at 6pm. Just enough time for me to look for the Booksale in Shopwise that my friends in Goodreads frequent. I found it after 10 min and there’s only 2 customers inside. Yey! No bumping.

Awesome first visit. I found almost new copies of:

1. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

2. East of the Sun by Julia Gregson

3. The Dictator and the Hammock by Daniel Pellac

I know what your thinking. “What’s that last one again?” Well, that last one might not be part of any list of great books. But it sure is interesting. And if the blurb is an indication of what is to be expected from this book, then this just might turn out to be one hilarious good read.

 

Hooray for spontaneity!!!

OC-ness

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I must confess that I’m a bit OC (As in, Obsessive Compulsive) when it comes to order and organization. Some days that could be considered a good thing. But, in my case, I think it’s really close to becoming an unhealthy kind of obsessive compulsiveness.

For the past few nights, I’ve decided to set aside my reading time to:

1. Create a database for reading. It contains my books, the books included in lists that I feel compelled to read, the books recommended by friends, and reading blogs. It’s no where near finished as I still need to research Publication years, ISBNs, synopsis, book covers, etc. Plus I still have to add other books from some other noteworthy and/or popular lists.

2. manually alphabetize the titles of the 1001 books as listed in my page of 1001 Books to Read Before You Die Challenge. Why? Just because I can. And because cutting and pasting from the database I made in #1 didn’t work. ;p

I swear I’m becoming more of a geek every day. Soon, I might start shedding the kikay part of me.

But then why would I want that? Based on observation people are much more willing to listen if the message is coming from someone who’s pleasant to look at. Anyway, better not start that topic because that’s not the point of this post.

The point is I am embracing my inner geek and my OC-ness. And now that I’ve done the database, I’m more excited to read, and read fast, so that I could start crossing things out. Whoopie…