I came across a blog yesterday, The Chronicles of Munchkin Land, aptly named to describe blogger, Jenna’s, ever evolving story of open adoption. Last year, she initiated an Adoption Reading Challenge where readers learn, read, rant and help bring awareness and social change to adoption. It was a hit in 2011, and she continued the challenge this year, which began January 1 and ends on December 31, 2012. You can join anytime during the year. What a great idea! Wish I had come across Jenna’s blog earlier. I would have totally taken up the challenge.
There are basically 4 different levels to the Adoption Reading Challenge:
Level 1: Read 3 books about adoption, non-fiction or fiction.
Level 2: Read 6 books about adoption, 3 non-fiction/3 fiction.
Level 3: Read 12 books about adoption, 6 non-fiction/6 fiction.
Level 4: Read 20 books about adoption, 10 non-fiction/10 fiction.
Of course there are a few guidelines/rules to keep everyone on the same page. It might be a tad bit late to start, nevertheless, I’m inspired to read the adoption books I bought earlier this year that have been sitting on my bookshelf. I’m going to begin with “Being Adopted: The Lifelong Search for Self” by Brodzinsky, Schechter, and Henig. It’s an older book, copyrighted 1992, but sounds like a good one. The authors write on the lifelong impact being adopted can have on the adoptee–in relationships, i.e., with adoptive parents, spouses, and one’s own children, and on one’s emerging sense of self. They share their model of normal adjustment to being adopted as it occurs throughout the life span and examine the ups and downs of psychological adaptation that can be predicted for even the most well-adjusted of adoptees.
This year a Goodreads group was added to the Adoption Reading Challenge where participants can comment and review the books they have read. I sure do hope that Jenna continues the challenge next year. Either way, I have a lot more incentive to read those books of mine, which have only been collecting dust!