Monday, January 30, 2006

NaJuReMoNoMo Wrap-Up


As I wrap up the First Annual (there is a phrase of pure triumphant hope) National Just Read More Novels Month, I am pleasantly pleased by the enthusiasm it was met with as well as the goodwill it fostered. I appreciate all the people that included links or posted the sidebar logo.

I particularly want to thank the following sites for their support:

Read/Think/Live

The Conical Glass
Mooselet Musings
Lam(b)
Uncertain Principles
Gibsons on the Road
Lab Cat
DC Blogs
Beige Alert
trusty getto
Kontan Jou
Tiny Money Land

And forgive me if I have forgotten you. Leave me a comment and I will add you to the list.

If you read at least one novel during January, you are a winner. I am even relaxing the “memoirs don’t count" rule slightly. If your read A Million Little Pieces by James Frey and you want to admit to it, it counts as a novel. Oprah’s new selection, Night by Elie Weisel still doesn’t count. It's mostly true, unfortunately. My son read it last year as a school assignment and is a little less than pleased that he now belongs to Oprah’s Book Club.

You can even be a winner retroactively if you read a novel in January without me even telling you to. All the winners are qualified to post the offical “NaJuReMoNo Winner!” logo anywhere on your website you want. Just cut and paste the following HTML where you want it to go. Heck, tattoo it to your arm if you’re that proud.

<a
href="http://tinyurl.com/c87ez"><img
style="cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;" width="100"
src="http://home.comcast.net/~yellojkt/NaJuReMoNoMoWinnersm.gif" border="0"
alt="NaJuReMoNoMo" /></a>

Even if you didn’t read an entire novel in January, don’t let that discourage you. Like the Self-Esteem Olympics, there are no losers here. Go ahead and make February you’re personal Read More Novels Month. Or make it every month.

In the meantime, I will prepare an even bigger blog-blitz for next year. Be proud of your charter membership and keep reading.

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12 comments:

Karen said...

Great, I've got that "Special Olympics" fake self-esteem thing going on now. Not strong enough to overcome the habitual self-loathing, I'm afraid.

Anyway, I've read most of ONE novel (excuse me, the month's not over yet, I'm planning to pull an all-nighter on January 31 if necessary): Wicked by Gregory Maguire. I read it because my daughter wanted me to; it's well written but I don't generally like fantasy fiction.

But read more novels month is a winning concept; give yourself a pat on the back--good job!

trusty getto said...

I'm delighted to be a winner. I'd like to begin by thanking those that got me here, my elementary school teachers!

Mooselet said...

I'd like to thank the Academy and my mother who read The B Book to me endlessly as a child.

I actually managed to read 2 fiction novels amongst my non-fiction fare - The Constant Princess by Phillipa Gregory, and the sixth Harry Potter. Hey, it wasn't exactly challenging but it's long!

Adouble said...

Having done both NaNoWriMo and NaJuReMoNoMo, I'd have to say I found the former more interesting. That said, I did enjoy reading Tobias Wolff's Old School and would recommend it to anybody.

Claude said...

Well, as I said way back when, I wasn't going to participate only because there was so much nonfiction awaiting me. On the bright side, however, I did get a small, but respectable, chunk of that done. So I'm a winner in my own small way.

Plain Jane said...

What do I get for reading not only one (1) but five (5) books?

yellojkt said...

Multiple winners can post the Winner Logo multiple times or add any appropriate verbiage like "5 times in one month!"

I finished my fourth book last night, just under the wire. I will post reviews later. Naming, counting, or reviewing the books is not mandatory, but is encouraged.

Suburban Turmoil said...

This is hilarious! Remarkably, I read TWO novels in January. I owe it all to the Itty Bitty Book Light I got for Christmas. Now I can read in bed as long as my heart desires and my eyes hold out!

lisa said...

As you know, I read Veronica in January. I'm a winner! I never win anything. Once I thought I won something, but it was a mistake.

Lab Cat said...

Thanks for the plug. Your idea was inspired and fitted nicely with my plan of discussing my monthly reads. I’ve reviewed my January books on my blog:

http://cdavies.wordpress.com/2006/02/02/january-books/

tamjenic said...

Well, I only got through 2 books, 'Absolute Friends' by John LeCarre, and 'Blood Memory' by Greg Iles. Good for their genre, but I had intentions of reading something more ambitious. Oh well, maybe next January!

kontan said...

i made it through several books this month...only a few i would be willing to claim as several classify in the brainless reading category.