An admitted challenge-a-holic, I love reading challenges and tend to sign up for way too many. Was only going to sign up for the Goodreads Challenge this year, but couldn't resist the Off The Shelf, eBook, and What's In A Name challenges. Frankly, I'm amazed that I was able to stop at four! Hope I don't jinx myself, as the year is still young!
Anyway....someone had a post not too long ago, asking if reading challenges had changed the way you read (I can't find the original post in my Reader, so if you have any idea what I'm talking about, please let me know so I can give credit where credit is due!). The thought must have stuck in the back of my mind and percolated a bit, because now it's front and center and won't leave me alone!
After blithely dismissing the idea that challenges were anything but a fun way to track my reading, I think that yes, they have affected my reading choices. This is bad.
My biggest reading challenge this year is for Goodreads. I was on a reading roll in December, so decided to shoot for 110 books in 2012. That's more books than I've ever read in a single year, but what's the point of a challenge if it's not challenging? My secret goal is 10 books a month so that I have a cushion, just in case. So far, I'm right on track with 5 books under my belt. This is where the bad part raises it's ugly head...
So there I am, staring at my bookshelves, deciding on my next read. Oh look, Stephen King's Under the Dome is sitting front and center! DH really liked the story and it sounds intriguing, yet I reached right past it for a smaller book. Have you seen that puppy? It's over 1000 pages long! I actually thought "too big" as I reached past it, then stopped myself in surprise.
When did I start letting the size of the book dictate my next read? I took a good look at my shelves and realized that there were quite a few large books sitting there, waiting to be read. So despite my best intentions, I guess that size does matter. *snicker* (sorry)
I don't want to abandon my challenges, as I need motivation. Yet I don't want to ignore books because of their size either. So I think I've come up with a solution....I'll read both! As I tend to read several books at the same time, I think I'll read the chunksters at home (so I don't have to lug them with me) and read the smaller, more manageable books at the same time.
So am curious if anyone else has found themselves ignoring the larger books in favor of small ones so you can have more notches on your reading challenge belt? How to you deal with this? And isn't there a reading challenge out there somewhere for ginormous books....