It's that time of year again....time when I realize that I've probably bitten off more than I can chew when I comes to the reading challenges I've signed up to participate in for the year...but guess what? I'm probably going to do the same thing again for the upcoming year. Why, you ask? Well, let's see...
Why I like reading challenges:
I can be a competitive person and find reading challenges are great for challenging myself to read certain types of books or genres. While I don't always succeed at the goals I set at the beginning of the year, it's fun (while at times stressful) to see just how far I get.
I might be amongst the minority of book bloggers out there that participate in these challenges, but I enjoy them and that's all that matters. This isn't about doing something because everyone else is doing it, it's because I like joining these and maybe, just maybe, one year I'll come up with one to host myself.
How I choose what reading challenges to do:
I like to try new challenges while doing some of the same ones year after year. I am a big fan of supporting my library, so I usually do that challenge, as well as one that pertains to reading e-books. As I'm a big fan of reading series, I've had fun participating in both the 1st in a Series and Finish the Series reading challenges. For the latter, I usually pick 3 series that I've started but am desperately behind in.
While I didn't fair all that well with the new challenges I picked this year - except for the First Reads challenge, which I grossly underestimated as I never really tracked how many new-to-me authors I read in a given year - I still plan to find similar challenges for the upcoming year - more so I can finally read the books I have picked out for those challenges! And yes, they are already sitting on my shelf, so they will count for another challenge - mentioned below - I'm about cross-overs whenever possible with reading challenges!!!
I'm still deciding on exactly what challenges I will be participating in for 2014, but one thing I know for certain is that I will be focusing mainly on reading my own books. I have so many books sitting on my shelves that have not been read - so where I failed this year with the Off the Shelf Challenge - whatever comparable challenge (I'm thinking Mount TBR Reading Challenge) I choose to do in 2014, it will be a priority.
So, what about you? Do you participate in reading challenges? Why or why not? Let's discuss...
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