Thursday, April 22, 2010

Bye Bye Reading Challenges

 My name is Diane and I am a Challenge-o-holic who Has Fallen off the Wagon, but I recognize my slippage and have decided to do something about it.

I promised myself that I would not participate in any more than (10) challenges in 2010, so that I would still be able to read for pleasure and not feel pressured.

Low and behold somehow, ever so gradually, that number increased to (15) challenges, and we are only (4) months into 2010. What to do, what to do??

No self-control obviously, so I'm dropping (5) challenges AS OF TODAY:
  • The Complete Booker Challenge
  • The Reagan Arthur Challenge
  • The Chunkster Challenge
  • Support Your Local Library Challenge (this kinds conflicts with Reading From My Shelves Project...no? LOL
  • The Thriller and Suspense Challenge
I vow to look the other way as new temptations challenges present themselves.

28 comments:

  1. Does this mean you won't be joining my Japanese Literature Challenge 4 this June? ;)

    Seriously, I feel your pain...

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  2. As soon as you announced that you were going back to work I said to myself, "Great, but how is that going to affect her gazillion reading challenges?" (I may have overstated the number of challenges a bit.)

    Well, you've answered the question. The bookkeeping task of keeping your books straight for these challenges is time-consuming in itself.

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  3. I like the idea of reading challenges but I'd be afraid, like you, that they'd consume my reading time. I'd feel obligated to read challenge books and maybe not have enough time for pleasure reading. I don't participate in any but I really enjoy reading about them :o)

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  4. Do you have a sponsor? You might need one to talk you out of joining the challenges that have yet to appear. :-D

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  5. I'm in quite a few challenges but I just try to focus on a few at a time. Some are yearlong but I have already completed such as Chunkster and British reading challenge. Then I will probably join more as they come up. Just do what you like and read the books you love!

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  6. I have to admit I didn't see the appeal in challenges when I first started blogging but lately I've been very tempted at some of the new ones floating about. I can now completely understand how people can sign up to loads!

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  7. i have found a lot of bloggers doing this recently. I am going to see how I go until the summer and then I may drop a couple too. Sometimes they just get too much and you just don't have time to read for them all.

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  8. Dolcebellezza....LOL...that's a NO on the Japanese Reading Challenge

    Charlie...you were right again...sigh...

    Jill...are you offering to be my sponsor? LOL

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  9. Well, if you're not doing the Japanese Lit challenge I guess there's no point in sending you a special invitation to join my Penguin lovers of the world unite challenge. Lol, I can see why you would drop a few. 15, holy crap, that's a lot. I joined 4 and they're getting away from me although I'm almost done with the Chunkster one.

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  10. Hehe .. I can totally understand that. I think I will be doing a similar post soon. I am SOO behind!

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  11. I solve the problem by not joining challenges in the first place! :--)

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  12. We can only do so much and challenges are supposed to be for fun, not stress!

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  13. Bummer! I was hoping since we have a hassle free challenge that you'd stay on!

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  14. Hello, Diane. (This said as a rote sing-song response.)

    I support your decision!

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  15. I can understand that. There are so many reading challenges out there and one feels the need to join them all. But since I have a small baby who needs my attention 24/7, I only join the ones that really really interest me and for which I already have books to read that I would read anyway.

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  16. I'm only participating in 9 challenges right now, but I'm also pretty behind. I've decided, though, to stay in all of them and just resign myself to less than stellar totals at the end. At least you're less likely to be disappointed with your numbers when all is said and done!

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  17. I know how you feel Diane. I joined the Women Unbound Challenge and have about 4 books left to read. However, I just don't feel like reading them right now or maybe anytime soon. Too many more interesting books keep coming my way. I'm not sure I'll be able to finish that challenge by Nov.2010.

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  18. I'm not doing that many challenges and I am already way behind as well, I am hoping that when I am off work in the summer I can catch up...if not I may bail just like you.

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  19. Good for you! I've kind of overdone myself. Perhaps I'll take this as permission to do the same.

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  20. Earlier this year I realized that I'm simply not cut out for strict challenges and scheduled readings so I decided not join any more if them except one. Don't feel bad, I think you're making a wise decision :)

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  21. Good for you!!!! You gotta do what you gotta do to keep things managable and enjoyable. I was kind of wondering the same thing myself- how am I to read 25 books for the Support Your Local Library Challenge, as well as 30 for the Read Your Own Books Challege- and my review copies on top!!! LOL :) I'm prepared not to finish every challenge this year :)

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  22. We have to know our limits, right?!

    I'm about to "fail" the Shelf Discovery challenge. I love the books in it (and Lizzie Sturnick's book of the same name, on which it is based), but I never made it a priority to read/review them. I have only 1 of 6 read/reviewed, and the challenge ends on 4/30.

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  23. The first step in getting control is realizing you have a problem!!! : )

    I tried to be more in control this year and only sign up for challenges that I truly felt I could accomplish. It has been hard to stick to just the ones I have but I know I didn't overcommit. (However, talk to me in December when I'm scrambling to finish them.) : )

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  24. I too am rethinking the whole thing,even tho I'm doing pretty well on most of mine. The one falling behind is the perennial reading from my own TBR shelves. I sometimes resent all the tracking and posting needed to participate and keep vowing I'm not going to do it again, but....

    Thanks so much for letting us know it's alright to admit defeat.

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  25. That's OK, Diane... I've got one or two that I would be dropping as well. I have given up on joining reading challenges for they proved to be too much of a challenge to a time-challenged me.

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  26. I felt that way last year when I ended up dropping several challenges late in the year. At least you're aware now so you won't feel stressed later.

    This year I made the goal of completing 80% of the challenges I signed up for. I feel much better now and not worried that I have yet to start a couple that are ending late summer.

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  27. Well now, you just made me feel really good. I was wondering how you big-league bloggers read so many books. I'm very selective in how many challenges I commit to because I want to still read for enjoyment and leave room for serendipitous book discoveries.

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  28. Ha! Maybe someone should host a "Resist a Challange Challenge." :) I thought signing up for challenges would help me to shape and direct my reading, but I have to admit I prefer to read whatever strikes my fancy at the moment. Kudos to you for taking control of the situation!

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