"Reading Challenges: a help or a hurt? Do you find that the reading challenges keep you organized and goal-oriented? Or, do you find that as you near the end of a challenge that you've failed because you fell short of your original goals? As a result of some reading challenges, I've picked up books that I would have otherwise never heard of or picked up; that, frankly, I have loved. Have you experienced the same with challenges? If so, which ones? Do you have favorite reading challenges?"
I like the challenges. But I don't do so well at most of them. I like to make the lists and plan ahead what I might read. But I find that I tend to read more what strikes me at the moment, a mood reader as they say, so the "planned" books get pushed down to the bottom of the pile over and over again.
Yes, some challenges will help me find books I normally wouldn't read, like the War Through the Generations Challenge. But for the most part, I join the ones that will help me read books I already own, or planned on reading anyway.
A quick look at where I stand with my current challenges:
Arthurian Challenge: So far nothing! Boy, but do I have big plans!
Classics Challenge: I've read one out of five. Wahoo! And still working on War and Peace. Really.
Book Awards II Challenge: It's all over and I managed three from my list. But I loved them all! (It appears there's a third one in process now. Hmmm.... do I try again?)
Dewey's Books Challenge: Two down, three to go. One currently at the top of my pile!
War Through the Generations: Once again, I've just read one out of five.
The 2009 TBR Challenge: Ha! Four! Out of 12. Oh, well.
The 2009 YA Books Challenge: Okay, here we go! I've read the required 12 and many more besides! :)
Support Your Local Library Challenge: I pledged to read at least 25, and at this point I've lost track. I don't think I've quite made it, but I know I'm close! I need to update my list I guess.
Printz Project: We started this one in April and since then, I haven't yet read another one to add to my list. But you guessed it...I have big plans!
Pulitzer Project: I think maybe I finished one last year?
See. Why do I even try? I like making the lists I suppose. But it appears I like reading whatever strikes my fancy even more. However, I will still have fun with the challenges and you can bet I'll keep right on joining a few here and there.