Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Reading Challenges

In 2012 I decided to try out some reading challenges (Debut Author Challenge and Contemporary Challenge). I was really pumped for them at the beginning because I thought it would expand my reading horizons and encourage me to read books that I wouldn't have otherwise. Sounds good, right?

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Uh... no. Not really.


What they actually did was make me feel anxious and disappointed in myself because I didn't reach the goals I'd set. Which, obviously, was not the point of the challenge. It's no fault but my own and I don't regret signing up for these challenges in the first place... but nonetheless, it didn't work for me.

So challenges are not for me (except that stupid GR reading challenge which I cannot stop myself from starting and freaking out over) but I totally get it if they're for you! For the reasons I initially wanted to participate in them and for others as well -- such as the chance to read with people and share what you (dis)like! -- challenges sound like so much fun. 

I hope that everyone participating in any challenges in 2013 is kicking butt at them and, even if you're hopelessly behind (I feel you) who cares? Have fun!!

PS - So I know you Supernatural fans are an... enthusiastic... bunch (my best friend is one of you and OH MY GOD the trauma you put yourselves through) but no, I don't watch it! I did watch the first episode and it freaked me out (I hear that's a tame one lol) but who knows, maybe someday I will continue!

PPS - That's basically like a 1% chance because A) my heart and B) this show never ends, seriously

Do you participate in challenges? Which ones are your favourites?


  1. I totally understand how challenges can stress you out. I initially challenged myself to read 100 books this year, but I had no idea how much strain Uni life and having a baby sister would put on me, that I ended up not reading for 2.5 months. Needless to say I fell dramatically behind and felt so awful I ended up changing my reading goal. XD

    I would like to try some more challenges next year though, because a few of them do try and broaden your reading range and kind of put yourself out of the box in terms of what I normally read. Which is good for me. :P

  2. Dude. The Goodreads challenge is my best friend. I've already surpassed my goal of 150 books xD
    I like other challenges too though...though I never seem to be able to complete them....

  3. I'm feeling the same way now. I'm not even trying anymore. I'm just going to do reading challenges when I feel like it on Goodreads. It's more fun that way (:
    I haven't watched Supernatural in years but I know what you mean. All those gifs! It's just too much. You would think it would end by now...