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*)