I begin to wonder why I do reading challenges. I know it helps me prioritise what I read, but at this stage I’m looking at what I’m reading and thinking, I just can’t read that many books in the time available. That may partly be because I had a week out with no time to read anything last month. It’s also because I have books to write and edit. As usual, I just have too much to do, and I spend my time working out what to do next instead of just getting on with it.
I have a number of resolutions, though:
- Dump the Alphabet Soup challenge. There are too many letters where I haven’t got anything on my TBR to fit the letter, and it’s just stupid adding things to my TBR just for a reading challenge.
- Add a fantasy/scifi challenge. I should read more scifi, because I should review more scifi, because that’s what I write. If I want more people to discover my books via my blog, I should do something that attracts them.
- Don’t do a pre-listed challenge again. The ‘Official 2018 TBR’ is a nice idea, but it contains three books (of twelve) I’m not keen to read, however long they’ve been on my TBR.
- Consider having a challenge for the number of new books and ARCs to read. Although maybe that should be a firm limit on them rather than a target.
Reading challenge update – how am I doing?
Non-fiction challenge: okay; four of five read, and two more identified. I need those two for the Alphabet Soup!
Finishing the series challenge: 4/4 good. I’ve nearly finished five series, although I’ve blown out the second MG series – the Time Quartet – even though I have them all in paperback now. I haven’t time to read four of them this year.
Alphabet Soup challenge: 19/26 meh. I might make it to 24 out of 26, but as I indicated above, I don’t see the point of reading books just because they get that elusive X. The fun has gone out of it. I have got some Xs on my list for next year, but I won’t have any Js, and Pirate McSnotbeard and the Zombie Terror Rampage is only on the list because it’s got a Z in it (well, and it’s in the library). I think I have fallen out of love with MG books these days.
Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge: 12/15 good. This is a breeze. I like reading crime/thriller/suspense mysteries, and they relax me. In fact, most of you enjoy them too.
Mount TBR Reading Challenge: 24/36 okay-ish. I got to the second level at the end of August, which in theory means I could actually get to my target of 36 (3rd level) this year. In practice I’ve taken too many ARCs to read before Christmas, so it’s going to be a struggle. But… that’s when having the Alphabet Soup helps because it gives me extra incentive to fill in a letter from my TBR list…
Official 2018 TBR Pile: 8/12 okay. I’m two-thirds through the pre-set list, but I’ve been avoiding one of those left for years, and a couple more I find easy to put off. I’m having a bet with myself over whether I complete this.
Goodreads reading challenge: easy-peasy. I have now read 49 of 52 and am 10 books ahead of schedule. Since I have 12 books to read to get the Mount TBR target, two non-fictions, and three new/ARCs to read, I think I’ll be smashing this one.
So that’s the reading challenge update for this quarter. Maybe I spend too much time on these!