Thursday, January 10, 2013

2013 Challenges I've taken up and general challenge thoughts

So... challenges. I confess I am not usually a fan of them, or at least I didn't use to be. Why? They tend to nag at the back of my mind. In my language I'd say 'Si liged mer ofem Mage.' (they lie on my stomach. Like something heavy in your stomach you cannot quite digest).
I feel pressured by them.
I cannot forget about them.
I don't deal too well with long-term projects because then I end up having soooo many things I should remember at the back of my mind and I don't like it because it makes me feel continually stressed.

Flipside: It can be motivating! Last year, I participated in the Soul Screamers Reading Challenge that Rachel from Fiktshun hosted. That challenge got me not only into the Soul Screamers books but also made me write my first reviews and is eventually responsible for my decision to start my own blog! I also participated in a month-long sequels challenge and that helped get rid of some books that had been unread on my shelf for too long. Oh, and I completed my Goodreads challenge to read 100 books. It was 107 or 108, I think.

So... what's for 2013?

As I said, I don't want to sign up for to much because it will only make me feel stressed. I like to have some freedom to pick whatever book appeals to me at a certain moment. One challenge I've already signed up for is the 2013 Reading Pile Challenge that is about reading books published in 2012 or earlier. You can see my sign up post here, and I've also transferred it to its own page (see below the header) and updated the info somewhat.

I've also set my goal at Goodreads for 100 again. I will try for 110, but I have to get started with my Master Thesis this year and that means lots of non-fiction research reading that is very time intensive...

I have after some thinking also decided to participate in the following:

The 2013 Sequel Challenge is hosted by Auntie Spinelli. Click the button to sign up. I like this one because it lets you determine the number of books you want to read by yourself. There will also be some giveaways during the year, as well as one at the end. You can sign up anytime.
I have a lot of sequels to catch up on, so I think this one will complete itself pretty much automatically. But I don't want to limit my reading choices too much, so I'm setting my goal at 20. I might upgrade the number throughout the year though.

I've also decided to participate in the new Adult Reading Challenge hosted by Danya from A Tapestry of Words, Victoria from Confessions of a Twenty Something Fiction Writer (she is also a member of the NA Alley blog), Tara from Tater's Tall Tails, and Barbara from Basia's Bookshelf. Click the button for all the rules and possibilities.
If you're not sure what New Adult is, they have quite a good description on the sign-up post that also explains that NA is not just contemporary fiction! I've decided to sign up because I have quite a lot of NA kindle books piling up I never seem to get to, and still more on my TBR list... I like how many of these books deal with university students! I'm almost 24. I like to read about those characters & experiences instead of the never-ending highschool tales of YA. (Though those are interesting to me too because I've never gone to highschool in that way because the system is different here).

There are for levels to the challenge and because as I said, I don't like committing to something that might limit my reading choices too much, I've decided to go for the Moving Out level, which means I pledge to read a minimum of 10 NA books.

Among them:
  • The Secret of Ella & Micha, by Jessica Sorensen
  • Clash, by Nicole Williams
  • Derailed, by Alyssa Rose Ivy
  • Easy, by Tammara Webber
  • Tidal, by Emily Snow
  • My Favorite Mistake, by Chelsea M. Cameron
  • On Dublin Street, by Samantha Young
  • The Jelly Bean Crisis, by Jolene Stockman
  • Taking Chances, by Molly McAdams
  • Flight, by Alyssa Rose Ivy
Oops, that actually is 10 already... but we'll see how many I get to. Taking Chances is one I got for review for instance, so I'm going to privilege it over others. And I don't want to read NA all the time.

So yeah... I guess this is it! What do you think of my challenge goals and my attitude to them? How do you feel about them, and what have you signed up for? Tell me in the comments :)


  1. Sounds like some fun challenges. I agree about not wanting to set too much for myself, because then I feel pressured. After a while it seems more like a "have to" than a "want to" and that makes me want to not read at all, which kinda defeats the purpose. But I did set a 100 book goal for myself at GoodReads. I'm on the 5th book so far. I'm also attempt to alternate between books I've bought and books I've picked up as freebies, but I got sucked into the Lux series after loving Obsidian, and haven't got away from that yet. Good luck with your goals and thesis!

    1. Yeah, the Lux books have a tendency to do that ;) I also want to alternate between books I bought, kindle freebies I downloaded, and ones I requested from NetGalley or was asked to review by self-pubbed authors. Good luck with your own projects! Sounds like you're on track so far :)

  2. I always think about signing up for some challenges but never end up doing so. Love that there is a New Adult challenge this year, I am fast becoming a lover of the genre. I haven't read one NA book I haven't liked, and I hope to keep that streak going. Thanks for sharing! I hope you fulfill all your challenges!

    1. Thank you! I was as I said also really reluctant about it because it makes me think of homework somehow... but I think I picked challenges that are 'comfortable' for me while still keeping me a bit focused and also allowing me to branch out a bit in the case of the NA one. The only NA book I didn't like so far was Beautiful Disaster... *ducks*

  3. I signed up for a couple challenges and I am hoping I enjoy them! But I do agree that they can become limiting. The NA book challenge sounds interesting, I am about to start Easy by Tamara Webber after hearing such good things.

    Good Luck on your challenges!!

    Ashley @ The Quiet Concert

  4. I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one who gets stressed out over challenges!! I don't really consider the GoodReads goal a challenge because I'm going to read books regardless of whether I set a goal or not.

    1. Exactly! I mean, I read because I want and love to and not because I feel that I should! However, I also know that I can get ambitious about goals, and the goodreads goal makes me feel good when I'm on track/ahead of it ^^