It’s that time of year again when we’re all starting to look at different challenges to participate in for next year and I am no exception to this. Although I sort of have a love-hate relationship with challenges; I hate to fail at them and also feel like they’re sometimes too much work but I love challenging myself. I feel like in past years I’ve overextended myself with challenges and ended up quitting very early into them. Do you have this problem or is it just me?
This year (2014) I limited myself to the Goodreads’ reading challenge – something I’d never participated in before – and set my goal pretty low compared to others’. 65 books and for a while I was worried I won’t be able to complete that one. I have 9 books to go. However, I am currently reading 4, sooo…. I may complete this challenge yet!
I feel like a broken record in saying this, but I feel like this is the first time in a very, very long time that I’ve actually had more free time than I know what to do with. I promise I’m not bragging about this. So I feel like maybe I should do more to fill up that time so I don’t get stagnant. Even though I like free time I get bored extremely quickly so I’m thinking that this upcoming year should be a year I fill that boredom with some challenges.
While it’s still a little early to be declaring my challenges and throwing down some gauntlets, I thought I’d post about some I’m considering and chat with you about ones you’re taking on.
Re-Read Challenge (hosted by So Obsessed With and Belle of the Literati)
I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I never re-read books but always want to. There are SO MANY great titles that I’d love to dive into again but have put it off because there are SO MANY newer titles that I feel like I have to read. I’m like 85% sure I’m going to do this challenge and have gone so far as to create a list of books I want to read again on Goodreads.
Classics Challenge (my own… if you know someone who is hosting something similar let me know!)
I tried doing this one a couple years ago and failed pretty miserably. But I really really want to challenge myself to read more classics! Here’s how it works: Each month you read a classic. That’s it. Last time I tried doing this I scheduled the classics I wanted to read and tried to match them to certain months. For example: Dracula in October, A Christmas Carol in December, Pride and Prejudice in June, etc. I’m definitely doing this one and you can check out my list of classics here.
Smarty Pants Challenge (again, my own, but if you know someone who is hosting something similar let me know!)
I have a Goodreads’ list called Smarty Pants and it’s basically non-fiction books. Memoirs, biographies, how-to books, historical, political, society, etc. I’ve barely made a teeny tiny dent in this list, despite me constantly adding books to it. I really want to try to tackle some of these books this year! You can check out my Smarty Pants books here. Since some of the books on this list are a little more serious in subject, I want to limit myself to no more than 6-7 for the year. Sometimes I think with non-fiction less is definitely more!
Book Blogger Organization Challenge (hosted by The Book Addict’s Guide)
Brittany posted about this one earlier today and it had me kind of intrigued… My blog could use a good organizing! After reading what’s what on her post, it seems pretty straightforward with each month being dedicated to different types of organizing. She’s really organized in how she’s organized this organized challenge to get your blog organized! I’m still on the fence with this one because while it’s not a reading challenge, it makes me a little nervous that I might fail! Although some organizing is better than none, amirite?
Goodreads’ Reading Challenge
This year I only did 65 books for my challenge and that felt pretty challenging. Granted, Gilmore Girls being on Netflix did NOT do this challenge any favors. Hell, Netflix in general did it no favors. I’m confident I can meet this goal by the end of the year though, so I think I’m gonna up my challenge next year to 85. This will include my re-reads though, so two challenges with one stone. Hey-o!
What challenges are you participating in? Are you doing any of these hosted by our fellow bloggers? Anyone wanna join me on the Classics and Smarty Pants Challenges?