As usual, I give you a round-up of the trials and tribulation for my reading challenges, and tell you which ones I’m doing for the coming year.
Lessons learned from Reading Challenges in 2020
- Don’t take on hefty reading challenges (like 60 for Goodreads) when you are working on editing and publishing a book. Especially to a tight deadline.
- Don’t take on reading challenges when you have an increasingly bad eyesight challenge and the treatment for it is severely hampered by a pandemic.
- Don’t take on so many new titles from Netgalley. I seem to have said that last year.
Results for 2020
Reading Challenges achieved easily:
- 2020 New Book Challenge. I was well past my target in the first five months. I kept putting new books into other challenges and not listing them under this one.
- Non-Fiction Adventure. A 5 books a year, 10 years, for my 50 books in target. In 2019, I’d read an extra 3, so I gave myself a stretch target of 7. Thanks to several unmissable non-fiction books in my special subject, all issued this year, I reached my stretch target with no trouble at all. I’m now half-way through my ten year odyssey in just four years. I haven’t made much inroads into all those lovely books on my shelf, though, and I got three more this year to add to them.
- ColourCoded Challenge. I don’t know why I added this except it’s pretty and easy and gives me a sense of satisfaction. And picking up Zig Zag Girl even gave me the pesky last one.
- SpaceTime Reading Challenge. Even though I host this, I was having trouble fitting qualifying books in till the autumn. But then I ended up reaching my target quite easily.
The ones I struggled with:
- Alphabet Soup. Even my weird mixture of the author and title version still left me hunting for an X. Mostly I used titles, and by the time I finished, I could have wiggled them about a bit and got them all to titles, I reckon. But I filled them easily – it was just the perennial X-factor that got in the way.
- Cloak & Dagger Challenge. Maybe I was cocky since I beat it so easily last year when I wasn’t signed up for it. This year I struggled, but ended up finding enough crime in books I wasn’t expecting to be cloak & dagger to scramble into the achievement zone (rather than a target, this has zones).
The one that finally didn’t get away!
I got to the top of Mount TBR!! Yay!. It was a desperate struggle through November and December, and I would like to tahnk several authors for the short books they wrote, but… I did it!
As a result of those, I easily did my Reading Challenge Addicts Challenge, too!
Reading Challenges for 2021
Look, I like new books. And I want to get more books off my TBR, which I’ve managed to keep at 100 fewer than the total number I’ve read. That’s a target in itself! I have hundreds of books on my kindle, some of which weren’t on my TBR list when I was looking for short books. There may be more of those in there. I’d rather read than check them all against my TBR.
So this year I’m keeping it simple:
- Alphabet Soup, because it’s fun. 26 titles (including X)
- Spacetime Reads, because it’s my Challenge! (10 books for Interstellar Explorer)
- Non-fiction Adventure, because this is the fifth year of ten, and I only have to read five books in a year.
- Mount TBR, because it’s the thing that spurs me on to get my books read. And I’m going for Mount Vancouver (36 books) again. I know I can achieve it, but I have to try hard. And more probably isn’t feasible.
Are you doing any Reading Challenges this year? Tell all!