Sunday, May 5, 2013
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Question: Reading challenges: Do you host or join in any? What is your success rate on completing them? Do they keep your reading goals on track, put too many restrictions/pressure on you? What do you think makes for a successful reading challenge?
Answer: If you look in my sidebar you can see all the Reading Challenges I've joined this year and that I'm hosting. There is a reason I created each one I'm hosting.
For my AAD Challenge, I did it because I wanted to familiarize myself with some of the authors who attend AAD so when I meet them I know what they've written. I've found some amazing authors this way. For my Horror Challenge, it was because I love horror and the same for the NOLA reading Challenge - I love the city of New Orleans and sometimes I'll read a book just because it takes place there. Just a side note, I always research to make sure no one else is hosting the same challenges.
For the ones I host I don't think I really put any difficult restrictions on them. Sometimes I think I'm too laid back. A lot of bloggers, have a wrap up every month or 3 months or something. I don't. Maybe I spread myself too thin, I don't know. I just want people to have fun. I also love it when Reading Challenges cross over.
I also joined The Audio Book Challenge because I listen to audio books all the time in my car so that was kind of a no brainer. And, I joined a TBR pile Reading Challenge for obvious reasons. I also like the GR counter on how many books you read in a year.
Unfortunately, I don't think I ever "completed" a Reading Challenge (except the GR ones last year). But there's still several months in 2013 to go! I think that Reading Challenges keep my reading goals on track and they ALSO put restrictions/pressure on me. I love how they sort of push you to pick up that book that you've been meaning to read, but never have, but oh look! That book fits into this or that challenge - perfect! However, there are times I look at my TBR pile and will want to reach for a certain book, but then I'll see another one that will fit a challenge and I'll reach for that instead.
I think what makes for a successful reading challenge is a good blog host/ess. (Hangs head in shame.) Someone who can be a cheerleader and a good example. (Hangs head lower in shame. ) I try to have contests throughout my challenges and I always read and comment on every review that a participant links up. Also, for my AAD Challenge last year, I gave gift cards for the people who posted the most reviews. But of course, I always want to do better and be more involved that I am. I love Karen's suggestion of having discussion posts along with the Challenges. I think I'll have to try that.
Hmmm, all this discussion makes me really want to do better on my Reading Challenge hosting.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on Reading Challenges.