As you may have already known, I am receptive to the fact that it’s the first month of the year (because it says so on my calendar, and I just celebrated the New Year like, 4 days ago
and because I’m not stupid, why did I even have to tell you that), so I guess now is the time for me to share with you the various Reading Challenges I endure to partake in, also in the hopes that I may prevail upon you to join me!
Nonetheless, the thing is that I’m incredibly lackadaisical in terms of facing up to challenges. I don’t have a contingency plan at hand for every obstruction and vicissitude, and honestly, reading challenges frighten me. For one thing, it’s ancillary pressure, and for another, it’s ostensible failure. So I’ve asked myself this question one too many times: ‘Why even bother?’ And that persistent doubt is one of the reasons why I’ve never deigned until this year to try.
Be that as it may, I’m determined to transmogrify 2014 into a year of firsts, and by happy chance, that mindset agrees with my activity for the past three days– I hosted my first set of giveaways, I cooked my first full meal, I watched my first local movie (without protest), and I read my first Adult book (by J.K. Rowling though, so I’m probably cheating with the crossover appeal). And I guess that somewhere along the lines, I must have thought to myself, now would be the perfect time to add to that list of firsts by participating in my first set of Reading Challenges!
But then you inquire, what about pressure? What about failure? The answer to that is (jocosely enough): why even bother? Because you shouldn’t. That is to say, you shouldn’t let the possibility of defeat bother you, because a good challenge pressures you into favorable things, such as the drive and the motivation to keep blogging on, and more importantly, reading on. Additionally, a challenge is healthy once in a while, because life is never as breathtaking without a bumpy ride, and these challenges, as per what I am hoping for, may prove the perfect opportunity for dent in the road, or two.
So what’s it gonna be for me this year?
The Goodreads 2014 Reading Challenge
Pretty much everyone is into this, and I want to be a part of that. I know that I may be setting myself up for downthrow, because I’m aiming towards a three-digit count, but I did get to a hundred last year, so why shouldn’t I this time around? It’s shipshape to give myself a solid desideratum, because at least now I know how many books I should be reading each week (which is around two, so that’s pretty realistic).
2014 Series Challenge
This is Octavia‘s second ingenious idea for the new year, so kudos to her for being such a creative thinker! The best part is that she’s given us a goal in stages, so to speak, which come in the form of badges, and for this year I’m aiming for the most prominent in selection, the Platinum badge, which merits me the right to claim having finished a minimum of 12 series (at least until the latest title, if the series ends during a later year). In addition, people may sign up for the challenge and become eligible for entry into a badge-specific giveaway. The main objective, however, is to have fun, and I do give credence to Octavia for an awesomazing job in terms of setting us afoot and giving us incentive. So thank you, Octavia! In case you were curious, these are the series I hope to finish:
If you have other series to suggest, please don’t hesitate to tell me!
The Debut Author Challenge
If you’ve seen my previous post (and have read it, which of course I am wont to assume if you’ve seen it, haha), you must know that I am, as a matter of fact, planning on the discovery of at least 50 new authors this year. And though I’m not reservedly informed of the mechanics, once the posts (over on Hobbitsies, if I’m not mistaken) are up, you can be sure to see me somewhere on there, and lurking!
The Standalone Contemporary Challenge
This is in truth, a challenge I’ve had in mind for about approximately 42 hours, and one I have resolved to reach fruition. I’ve always been a loyal supporter to fantasy fiction, but because I have decided to open up to genres outside of my usual comfort zone, I’ve decided to make it a point to create my own challenge and share it with you: hence the Standalone Contemporary Challenge! Here are the mechanics:
1. The definition speaks for itself, but if you remain caught unawares, the books read for this challenge must be Contemporary YA/NA and must not be in series.
2. Anyone interested may sign up for this challenge, simply by commenting on this post (or on the challenge page once it is up!) and informing me that you are. Sign-ups are open until June 30th.
3. Sometime by the end of the year, I will host a giveaway for the participants. The winner will receive a set of books from my list of reads for this challenge, and the number of entries you earn will depend on the number of books read. The main goal for this challenge is 30 books (though you will earn entries for reading much less).
5. Entries will be verified with your link to a Goodreads shelf entitled ‘2014-Standalone-Contemporary-Challenge’ (or anything similar, for that matter). The books in this shelf must be given a rating and some feedback, even just in one sentence.
6. Participants are NOT required to enter into the giveaway. You may, of course, join in for the simple fun of it, because that’s what counts, after all!
7. This challenge is not meant to pressure you into reading more than you want to, so please read at your own pace and at your own discretion (because this genre just might not be for you). Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor!