Go READ-2017 Challenge

June 01 ‐ 30

Go READ-2017 Challenge

Category: Mind

Category: intellectual wellness
Rules: check in each time that you read for 15 minutes; no maximum of daily check-ins
Duration: one month
Completion credit: 15 check-ins = automatically entered into a raffle for a chance to win a prize

Intellectual wellness encourages creative, stimulating mental activities to expand knowledge, improve skills, and discover the potential for sharing one’s gifts with others. Behaviors of an intellectually well person include the following:

  • cherishes mental growth and stimulation
  • participates in intellectual and cultural activities
  • engages in the exploration of new ideas and understandings
  • makes healthy, informed lifestyle choices
  • handles stress well
  • relates to others
  • is curious and interested in the communities as well as the world around them

As you develop your intellectual curiosity, you’ll actively strive to expand and challenge your mind with creative endeavors. From childhood and adolescence through adulthood, it is important to attend to our intellectual health by:

  • exploring issues related to problem solving
  • tapping into our creativity
  • continuing to learn new skills and acquire knowledge
  • pursuing personal interests
  • reading books, magazines, and newspapers
  • keeping abreast of current issues and ideas

This wellness challenge promotes reading as one of the many important intellectual activities. Be sure to share in the comments section what book you’re reading, how far you’ve gotten, what the book is about, and if you’re enjoying it or not, etc. Also, if you need a good book recommendation, visit Gleeson Library and speak with one of our incredible staff members!


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  1. I plan to read The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff.

    • I’ve been curious about the Tao of Pooh. Let me know how you like it.

  2. This challenge is pushing me to think about reading more! Does anyone have book recommendations?

    • Come by the library! We have a great display of library staff picks that includes fiction, non-fiction, short stories, graphic novels, and poetry. We also have a popular reading collection– New York Times Bestsellers and other fun reads. You can find all of these on the first floor, between the circulation desk and the reference desk.

      • i’ll pop by. Thanks Claire!

  3. Reading Hamlet.

  4. Wow! Clare is quite the reader! Go Clare!!

  5. Some suggested reading. May or may not be to your taste, but it’s good stuff!

    – Thomas Pynchon; The Crying of Lot 49
    – Sergei Bulgakov; The Master and Margarita
    – Paul Auster; The New York Trilogy (City of Glass, Ghosts, The Locked Room)

  6. I’m reading three books right now:
    Speedboat by Renata Adler
    Addicted: Notes from the Belly of the Beast edited by Lorna Crozier and Patrick Lane
    The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2016 edited by Rachel Kushner
    They are all short stories or essays so it’s fun to switch back and forth based on my mood.

  7. Looking forward to this challenge! If you’re looking to stretch yourself, I would recommend the Read Harder Challenge for inspiration. http://bookriot.com/2016/12/15/book-riots-2017-read-harder-challenge/

  8. Currently reading: Where Angels Fear to Tread (E.M. Forster) and Not on Fire but Burning (Greg Hrbek). Also just finished Mister Memory (Marcus Sedgwick), The wicked boy : the mystery of a Victorian child murderer (Kate Summerscale), and Not that kind of girl (Lena Dunham).

    • I love Forster! I just re-read Room with a View. So good.

  9. I am really enjoying reading a book called Magic Casement. The author is not well known and the book doesn’t seem to have the best editor, but it’s a good story line so far!

  10. Finished Lilac Girls (a book I started at the end of May), and it was fantastic, but very sad! I’m now starting the Slow Professor as part of the USF faculty book club and Light We Lost. I’m loving this challenge because it’s helped me prioritize both pleasure reading and academic reading (not that they’re always separate but…).

  11. The two pieces I read last night in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2016 are available without the book if you are interested. The short story from Ploughshares is available through the library’s database subscriptions:
    And the book review is available freely on the web from the London Review of Books:

    • Thanks Kelci! This is really helpful!!

  12. Well, I got a head start because I just came back from a relaxing 10 day cruise! Finished Pretending to Dance and The Terrorist’s Son and started The Goldfinch. Enjoying it all!

  13. Just started my job here on June 1st and read on the plane as I am moving from the East coast! Reading Sunset Park- book set in Florida and Brooklyn (a neighborhood right near where I am moving from!)

    Looking forward to being

  14. Currently reading Born A Crime by Trevor Noah! I love how his humor is reflected even in his writing. He also touches on so many important topics and themes and really introduces the reader to why he is the person he is today. Can’t wait to continue/finish it.

  15. Leaving for Kenya tonight—lots of reading but probably no internet to log. Enjoy the rest of the challenge, all!

    • Safe travels Brandi and thanks for participating. You were well in the lead for a while!

      • I’ve been updating when I have spots of wifi. So fun!

  16. Currently, I’m reading three books: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, Between the World and me by Ta-Neshi Coates, and The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson. Variety is the spice of life!

  17. Finished a couple books this past week: The Girls by Emma Cline and Addicted by Lorna Crozier (Editor), Patrick Lane (Editor). Trying to finish Speedboat by Renata Adler now. Next book will be Rabbit, Run by John Updike, which a friend recently recommended to me and which I found in a free give-away box at the corner of Judah and 38th Ave last week =)

  18. Finished the Pulitzer Prize winner “The Goldfinch”…almost 800 pages, but so good! I would highly recommend this. I’m starting Elizabeth Warren’s book, “This is Our Fight.”

  19. Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite stories! I love Jane Austin! So glad I read it and saw what was left out of all the mini-series and movies made about it. The book is definitely better!

  20. Just finished a couple books– I re-read “My dreams out in the streets” by Kim Addonizio. It is about a woman living on the streets in SF in the 90s and has such a sense of place. I also read Into the Water by Paula Hawkins– a fun (if you find murder mysteries fun) summer read. Just starting Doc by Mary Doria Russell– historical fiction about Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp. I’ve heard really good things about it!

  21. Sundays = Reading with Daughter Day.
    Our selections vary from fiction, religious and science books.

  22. I read Karolina’s Twins (in about 2.5 days!!) what a great book, didn’t want to put it down. It is a narrative going back to/about Poland during WWII and the struggles of Nazi life & how things changed so quickly. Definitely check it out. LOVED IT.

    I also almost done with “Finders Keepers” Stephen King Part II in a series, Mr. Mercedes was fabulous, and this is also very edge of your seat!

  23. I didn’t get a chance to put in yesterday’s reading. 😢 Another 180 minutes.


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