Fellow readers, I am writing this to shame myself into focusing on my reading challenges and hopefully spread the message that you are not alone if you are falling behind like me. I mentioned last week in a post about doing an update on my chosen reading challenges for this year as we are now half way through 2014. Looking back to January I definitely do not regret choosing any of the categories however I do feel I have found some particularly difficult to stick to. Then again what’s a challenge if you aren’t pushing yourself into an otherwise unfamiliar zone?
Goodreads has become my new best friend when it comes to reading books. I don’t know how I coped without it because I am forever buying new books and then realising a few pages in that I have in fact read it before. When I started my reading challenge on goodreads I set the bar at 30 books this year. I just passed the 30 books mark this month and therefore had it reset back in March to 60 books because I knew I needed more of a challenge.
As it stands I have read 30 books so far in 2014 which according to goodreads puts me 3 books ahead of my schedule. Having never documented the amount of books I read a year, it’s really shocked me just what I am capable of and already I am hoping to beat the 60 books challenge for this year.
Chunkster Reading Challenge
For this challenge I pledged to read over 10 books that were 450 pages or more in 2014. I don’t necessarily head out to a bookstore and aim to buy a book around the 300-400 pages limit, however recently I have noticed that on average most books will not be over 400 pages. This is a little strange when you look back at the classics and the primary development of the novel but as unintentional as it is I genuinely do not own a lot of books over 450 pages therefore this was the perfect challenge to entice me to read a slightly denser book.
To date I have read a total of 7 books over 450 pages which is a real shock to me because I didn’t think I had read that many. However if I complete this challenge earlier than expected, at least this will give an indication of what I am capable of next year.
Read Your Freebies Challenge
This challenge in particular is the one that needs the most attention in the next 6 months. I am always downloading free books on my kindle because let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a bargain. However my kindle tends to get a little neglected from time to time especially when I have been on a massive book buying spree.
As shameful as it is to admit it, I have only read 1 free Kindle book this year so I really need a push and a shove to reach my original target of 12 books. Back in January I mentioned that 12 books was a good number for me as I hardly read the free books which I am always downloading…so I guess even then I knew how hopeless I would be at sticking to this challenge. As I mentioned before though if it isn’t going to be difficult, it’s not much of a challenge.
Tackle your TBR Pile
Hmmm well this challenge has confused me a little; either that or I’m trying to justify my reading habits. I have been adding to my TBR pile over the past few months with buying new books therefore am I technically ‘tackling’ my TBR pile or does that mean just the books that have been sitting there for longest? Over on the Bookish blog it mentions any book counts as long as it isn’t fresh of the press, therefore I am pretty sure I have tackled this challenge already as I chose to read between 21 and 30 books from my TBR in 2014 and already I have read a total of 30 books altogether.
Dystopian Reading Challenge
This was the newest challenge to me and the one I have enjoyed the most. The dystopian genre was one that was completely new to me, something that hadn’t attracted my attention at all until this year. For anyone that has been following my blog, I think at this stage you are probably hoping I find a new genre soon because all I seem to be reading now is the dystopian genre.
As it was something I hadn’t touched on before I challenged myself to read between 7 and 12 dystopian books in 2014. As it stands I have read a total of 13 books of the dystopian genre which will be growing even more by the end of June meaning I have passed this challenge also.
Despite being only half way through the year and having finished 2 of my challenges, I think this is a good indication of what I am capable of as a reader and will help me to sculpt the figures for next year’s challenges. Before this year I had never taken part in a reading challenge and so far I am really enjoying breaking out of my comfort zone and finding some new areas to explore in the reading world. If you would like to find out a little bit more about the challenges I chose this year you can click on the pictures above or if you would like to see my original pledges, you can click on the title of my post Challenge Yourself.
I hope that everyone is enjoying their reading challenges so far and don’t be worrying if you’re like me and falling a little behind, sure we still have the rest of the year to try our best and challenge ourselves a little longer.