Saturday Conversations: Reading Challenges

Posted September 14, 2013 by Jen in Saturday Conversations Tags: , ,


Reading Challenges

I realize that it’s only September and there are still over three months left in 2013. However, I’ve already been thinking a lot about next year.

First… I am already starting to schedule reviews for January 2014… That’s right! My personal review schedule is pretty much set through the end of this year. Earlier this week, I received an ARC for a book that comes out in January. I also sat down and looked at the upcoming release schedule, adding in slots for “must read” books that I auto-purchase.

Second… I just completed my GoodReads book challenge this week. I finished my 75th book – and my goal for this year was to read at least 75 books. I really hope to read 100 books – I’ve never done it, but I also don’t want to make it an “official” goal, because I know that I get really busy during the fall and winter. I don’t want to set myself up for failure, but also, I don’t want to have a challenge that causes me to “just read to hit the mark.” I select each book because I WANT to read it, and I would hate to just start grabbing books to meet a goal (not that there is a shortage of books I want to read!).

Each of the past two years, I’ve made it a personal goal to read new-to-me authors. This has been a great unofficial reading challenge. I only need to read one more new-to-me author to meet my goal of 15 authors in 2013 (and I already have two on my upcoming schedule!). Last year I met my goal as well. It’s been a great opportunity for me to try out authors that I’ve been eyeing for a while, or catch something new I’ve not heard of before – like meeting someone at a con (which happens to me all the time!).

However, by reading all of these new authors, I’m neglecting a huge pile (both real and virtual) of books that I own. That’s right… the TBR pile! I have so many books that I own and keep thinking “when will I have the time?!” So I’ve decided that for 2014… I am creating a goal of reading at least 12 books from my TBR pile. I’ll probably try to read a series or two. With that goal, I am also going to purposely limit reading any new-to-me authors and new series. It’s going to be tough, and the goal may evolve between now and the start of 2014, but I am excited.

What about you? Do you participate in reading challenges – either personal or organized? Have you thought of what you’d like to read in 2014? What are your favorite reading challenges?

Thank you for stopping by to chat! Happy Reading!


10 responses to “Saturday Conversations: Reading Challenges

  1. I participated in a few reading challenges this year and I’ve completed all of them but my Goodreads goal. I’ve read 100 out of 140. I’m hoping I can meet the 140 goal.

    I’ve already set my goal personal goal for 2014. I’ll be posting details on it later this year. It’s a wild goal and some will think I’m crazy but I going to do it. I will! LOL

  2. You know what your post reminded me? That I need to get started on prepping for the 2014 reading challenges that I’ll hosting! LOL That’s going to be on my Bloggiesta to-do list.

    I love participating in reading challenges but I don’t actually complete most of them. I’m way behind on my reading goal of 100 books, which saddens me. I’ve been in a reading slump lately and that’s not helping matters.

    @Jennifer – I can’t wait to hear about your personal goal for 2014 😀

  3. Oooh! I’m at 46 of my 52 book goal. I include stuff I read for work, however. Maybe I should only make it a pleasure-reading goal… That would be difficult, because I always want to brag-up good YA that I read for work. I’m too lazy to keep my own list. I let GR keep it for me.

    I need to work on reading from my TBR as well. I’m behind on series I adore because other things have gotten in the way. I have books I’ve purchased SITTING on my Kindle. I’m embarrassed to even look at how many I have now… I like the idea of lowering the TBR pile! It may be a challenge, depending on work, but if I’m reading, I need to be periodically look at something I’ve eagerly anticipated… like Qhuay. I’ve still not read it. *boggle*

  4. unareads

    I am with you Twimom! I have the same problem, I am up to date on my blog post readings, but my TBR is way huge. I am trying to knock it down now. Getting in a book from the TBR when I am in a break. I used to do reading challenges but with work and munchkin – I cannot put the work in to do it honestly. Plus, I like your idea of working on the TBR pile. I think I will do something like that but nothing formal. For me, life can just up and whiplash me and I hate to fail something.