I entered 12 challenges this year, my first full year of blogging and so far I have done pretty well.
I have officially finished two (as in I’ve written wrap-up posts):
I have actually finished four more but not written wrap-ups because I either want to see if I can “level up” or because, well I just haven’t :D or because they are such great challenges that I just want to keep adding to the archives.
I am very close to completing two challenges (I have one book left for each)
And I am nearing completion in two (5 books out of 20 in one and 3-8 out of 10-15 in the other)
One challenge will keep going since I didn’t sign up for a particular level, and even if it isn’t a challenge next year I will continue to read in the genre because I have amassed quite a list.
I have already failed one challenge and that makes me very sad.
I found it hard to finish books on time and I kept forgetting about the steps. I feel like a bad person. :(
Back late last year I made up a master schedule of which books to read when. At the start of the year I followed it pretty well. Then around May it all fell apart when I got a bad case of shiny book syndrome :D Despite that I am well on track to finish all my challenges. I substituted quite a few books, especially in the Thriller and Suspense Challenge and I am really glad I did, it has allowed me to discover some great new-to-me authors, Julia Spencer-Fleming and Dorothy L. Sayers primarily and to take part in both the Classic Circuit and the Spotlight Series. I think taking part in challenges has been great for my reading habits. I am normally a reader of habit. I keep reading the same authors and books over and over again. The challenges have in the main forced me to find new authors and new genres. I will definitely be taking part in several challenges next year as well.