In 2015, I did the reading challenge, and I enjoyed it. There was a different theme every month, and I did about 10 months out of 12. In 2016, I started the Read Harder challenge, and ticked a couple categories off.
And then I lost interest.
I ended up reading a book I didn’t like. I tried and tried and tried to get through it, and I couldn’t. As of this writing, I haven’t finished it, though I still want to. It wasn’t that I hated the book; it was more that it had no discernible plot.
After putting that book aside, I thought about going back to the Read Harder challenge, but I’d lost my taste for it. I realized that I have a lot of book lists I’m working on. I have a classics list I’m working my way through, a book club, and a friend and I who choose books together. That’s not including the fact that I read a lot of YA books to stay current on what’s being published (since I write YA) and reading books for fun.
While I liked the idea of the Read Harder challenge, in the end it just didn’t work for me. I may look at the challenge for 2017, and if I like it, I’ll give it a try. Or maybe I’ll look for a challenge that doesn’t have as many books on it, or fits with my tastes a little better.
I think I lost sight of the fact that the challenge was meant to be a game instead of a task. It became work, rather than a scavenger hunt. I love books that make me think or books that make me see the world differently. I love discovering books I wouldn’t have read on my own. But I don’t like taking it all to seriously, and that’s what I did for a little while.
What do you think of book challenges? Are you planning to join one for 2017?