I know I’m not a book blogger, but I am a reader as well as a writer, so I’m signing up for two reading challenges in 2014. Because I just wrote over 70k words in 30 days and I thought I should attempt something seemingly even more impossible. Seriously, e-slap me. I think I’ve lost it.
First up: 2014 TBR Challenge hosted by Bookish Book Blog
(sign-ups open through Dec. 15th)
I’m digging into the books I’ve bought this year (way too many) as well as the pile that’s accumulated over the past few years of visiting book sales, used book stores, and the occasional borrowing, birthday gift, or rare new book purchase. Considering a lot of them are Michael Crichton, Agatha Christie and Stephen King books, I’m hoping I can power through all those quickly, leaving me more time for the monster nonfiction books, the literary fiction, and the Russian lit.
Good thing I went through them all. Discovered I had accidentally purchased the exact same Michael Crichton book twice, same edition and everything. Oh well, store credit, here I come! Oh, and this isn’t even my entire TBR pile. There are a few poetry books, a couple technical books and a couple compilations that I have laying around too, but I think including those would be going too far.
I am currently attempting this level: 31-40 – Sweet Summer Fling
You can check out my extensive and extremely ambitious list – all paperback or hardcovers I’ve collected – over at Goodreads. Most of these, I have never opened. A few of them I’ve read a little bit but it was a LONG time ago, and I never got around to finishing them.
I’m formulating a plan: if I can read for a half hour to an hour for every show I start binge-watching (I just got hooked on Doctor Who – late to the party, I know – and I’m rewatching all 8 seasons of Weeds, plus I’m considering rewatching the X Files and some BtVS/Angel/Dollhouse/Firefly again…) then I should be able to keep up. I doubt I will get through all of the books on the list, but I’m hoping I can get through at least half.
Second: the 2014 ebook challenge hosted by Workaday Reads
I like to help out indie authors when I can, and especially when their book sounds like my kinda read, so when they do a giveaway or a free download on Amazon, I get it for my Kindle Fire, with every intention of reading it and giving them an honest review afterward. The problem with that is, I’m still not crazy about reading on my Kindle, despite how much I love the ease and accessibility, so many of these books are downloaded and then not opened or read until weeks or months later.
Then, I also have downloaded the free ebooks of the classics which are public domain or something now. They add up quickly!
This challenge is much less ambitious, but considering my aversion to my Kindle as an ereader (I use it mainly for the apps and video streaming) and the extraordinary amount of books I’m taking on in my other challenge, ambitiousness is a relative term.
I also have this list posted at Goodreads. I am at a modest level, CD – 10 ebooks, and a couple of them are novella length, I think, so hopefully I can complete this one.
This challenge is open through the next year, so you can join any time.
Why exactly am I adding to my never-ending list of things to do?
I’m trying to look at this as constructive. If I read the books, I can probably get rid of a few of them, creating more space in my room, probably for other, future books, but space nonetheless. Also, a lot of the books in the first challenge I’ve had for years, and while I wanted to read them, I never got around to it. This is me, trying to get around to it.
Apparently, I’m also supposed to review each of these. WTF did I get myself into??
If I can get through at least two books for every new (used) one I buy, I think that counts as a win. Right? Right??
Wish me luck! Are you doing any reading (or writing) challenges for 2014? Tell me about it in the comments!
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