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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Book Blogger Confessions: Reading Challenges

 

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Question: Reading challenges: Do you host or join in any? What is your success rate on completing them? Do they keep your reading goals on track, put too many restrictions/pressure on you?  What do you think makes for a successful reading challenge?

I’ve joined a few challenges over the years but I fail miserably so I don’t bother anymore. I tried limiting them to just one or two, or thinking that I’m reading all YA so I join a YA challenge and all of a sudden I hate YA lol

After realizing when I feel forced to read a particular genre I rebel, I tried the Goodreads challenge because it’s just a total  # of books and I read 100’s of books so no problemo right? Well that year I didn’t even make it 100 (my goal) when I normally read over 200 books per year.

I don’t even really like accepting books for review anymore. I’ve realized that I’m a mood reader and what I enjoy reading one week can change dramatically the next or even how much I read so I realized I'm just not cut out for a challenge.

I’m not sure what makes a successful challenge but I know I like when there is a link to the main challenge post (if you’re linking up reviews) that’s easy to spot on the challenge hosts blog. A few discussion posts are good too. Sometimes with challenges you feel like you’re reading in a bubble even though there are 100’s of people signed up. I feel like I’m just trying to hit a number of books read rather than enjoying the books from that particular challenge.

If you join a dystopian reading challenge for example, I think it would be fun to have a few dystopian genre discussions. Maybe everyone is already doing that but because I’m reading challenged – challenged I don’t know this!

How about you? Do goals and time frames help you read more or make you shut down (*points at self*)

16 comments:

  1. I'm pretty hesitant about joining challenges for all the reasons you stated above. And my Goodreads challenge is just to keep track of the number of books I read - I can easily change the number through the year.

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    1. That's how I approach Goodreads now. I just up the # if I'm reading more.

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  2. I totally agree with you on feeling to hit a number of books read rather than enjoying the books it self. I myself don't have enough time in my day to read as much as I want but I do set a challenge for my self on how much I want to read per year. And I find that Goodreads has a great way for me to do it. I always start out small then change the amount as I pass the goal. I think that would be called cheating but , oh well. :) I don't particularly join a lot of reading challenges myself unless I know I can do it. But as for now, I don't know if I'm going to pass or fail but it's still early enough in the year to make up for it during the summer, hopefully.

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    1. I totally cheated on my Goodreads challenge this year! I pick 50 books and then just inch it up by 10 whenever I meet the goal lol

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  3. I've never been tempted to join challenges, because it would take all the fun out of my readings...
    As for my own BBC posts, I'll be back on June 3rd...because, honestly, I wouldn't have anything significant to add to the discussion in these two rounds :). But I'll be reading what the others have to say of course!

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    1. P.S.: LOL @ your rebel attitude. I can totally relate to it ;).

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    2. The second I'm *supposed* to do something I dig in and say noooooo I don't wanna lol

      Thanks for commenting even if you didn't join in this week :-)

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  4. I only do Goodreads but did YA debut ...not doing now but I still keep track of debut books and 2nd in series for my records.
    I haven't done one in a while because book burnout , mood reader, DNF, and I want to enjoy books :)

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  5. They definitely add a lot of pressure...I tend to promise myself to join a select few...then I keep adding and adding...and then even though I may be reading pretty well in their genres...I tend to only update myself 2-3 times a year and thus miss out on lots of link ups and challenges etc which make it less fun....

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  6. I am horrible about participating so I don't really do it anymore. ON the one community one that I am doing, I have yet to link a book up. I am just one of those that keep track on my blog but never quite do the whole follow through.

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  7. I don't do a lot of challenges, I forget about them. I do like memes though.
    I do the goodreads year challenge, where you set your own goals and it updates for you.

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  8. I don't do challenges anymore. I did the goodreads one because I wanted to know how many I read in a year. I did fine for my "goal". However, with all the review books... I don't have time for challenges. I think if I didn't do reviews for books then I would do a lot of challenges with my own bought books. Just too swamped otherwise. :)

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  9. I suck at challenges. I do finish them, it's just that I forget about them after a week and do not update

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  10. I'm with you. Every year I join challenges, every year I ignore them and go the other way! I will never learn. Never. Though the Goodreads one is nice and helpful.

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  11. I joined some this year for the first time (other than GoodReads) and it is harder to track them than what I thought. It definitely has been a learning experience for me. :)

    Happy Reading!

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  12. I do not join any blog challenges--I'm sure I qualify to complete many of them, but I just don't have the time to track all that stuff. I do like the GoodReads challenge, though, since that's individual and it helps to keep track of what I'm reading!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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