Another Challenge–I Must Be Crazy! The Orange Prize Challenge

Orange Prize ProjectI’ve taken on another challenge, which must mean I am out of my mind. But it’s related to a prize for women’s fiction, which I really shouldn’t neglect, right??? Here is my first post from the Orange Prize Project blog.

I have just signed on for this challenge in response to a fellow “Around the World in 52 Books” challenge member’s blog post today. I’m already doing challenges related to the 1001 Books You Should Read Before You Die, the Pulitzers, the Nobel Literature Picks, and my own personal challenge to read my way through the Mann and Mann Booker various winner lists. But then I learned about the Orange Prize. I’d already been checking into what it is, and then I saw Pragya’s post. I read a lot (roughly 100 books a year, mostly fiction, mostly literary fiction), and my goals this year are to do 100 books, from at least 52 countries, with at least 50 from the 1001 books lists, and at least 12 from the Pulitzers and Nobel authors. Now my goal will be to do at least one of the Orange Prize books each month (although I’m going to give my self a pass for January and count the very embarrassingly small number of books I’ve read so far from the list. I’ve read NONE of the new authors winners or short list books, so I have my work cut out for me.

In the real world I’m a psychologist in private practice (though I spent 10 years in academia and may go back), married at 41 to my college sweetheart and with a very enjoyable and exhausting 4 year old daughter now to show for it.

I’ll be back soon to post reviews of the books I have already read. I will also be co-posting these entries on my own blog, which is where I review all those other books I’m gobbling away at, and sometimes make other random posts related to the countries my books or their authors are from.

About Beth Parks Aronson

I am Associate Professor of Psychology at Lamar University. Previously, I was a psychologist in private practice in Jenkintown, PA where I specialized in anxiety disorders and working with people living with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. I am a little addicted to good literature. Ok, a lot addicted.
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6 Responses to Another Challenge–I Must Be Crazy! The Orange Prize Challenge

  1. You may be the most motivated reader I’ve ever encountered–your drive is truly impressive. It’s hard to believe you work and care for a family, too. Keep up the good work!

  2. Wow. That’s a lot of challenges. I wouldn’t be able to keep up. I’m just doing the one challenge this year: reading and posting about one book from every country in the world. It’s certainly keeping my hands full. Good luck with yours.

    • I try to double up where I can. Almost all my books for the Around the World challenge are from the 1001 lists. Some of those are also by Nobel winners. So it isn’t so totally insane, but I’ve read 16 books so far this year, so I definitely do read a lot.

  3. Pragya says:

    Yey!! I am so excited! Welcome to Orange January or in your case Orange Year! By the way, since you are skipping Orange January, you can pre-book your reads for Orange July! 🙂

    You ARE a part of a whole lot of challenges. I also try to keep up with the 1001 but it seems insane at times.

    Thanks for mentioning me and my post in yours. 😀

    Looking forward to your Orange reviews. I am hoping to squeeze in at least one Orange read this month. 😉

  4. Jenny says:

    I got wrapped up in the Orange Prize January/July thing too, but more because I love reading from lists, and so many books overlapped with the Around the World idea. Then I discovered I had even more titles on my to-read shelf at home. I didn’t get through all of them this month, but there is always later! Glad you joined up!

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