Reading Challenge

Challenged

Well, I’ve been doing four challenges pretty much simultaneously over the past month or so. I must pat myself on the back – as y’all know by now, I’m shitty at finishing challenges – but, I ALMOST completed one! Yay!

The others, I didn’t do so well on, probably due to my wandering eye when it comes to books and the fact that I chose to sign up for SO many concurrent challenges!

I almost finished the Summer TBR Wipeout challenge, hosted by the lovely Olivia at The Candid Cover. Out of a whopping ten books I picked for the read-a-thon, I actually read six – which is unheard of for me! I think I did better at this challenge than the others that have wrapped up because it was a month-long event. But, I’m thrilled to have those six books wiped off my TBR list!

This was the first time I’d found the amazing Alphabethon, hosted by a handful of awesome Twitter book lovers – @banterbooks, @KayteSays, @Kris_Marie7, @adlelinereads_, @thesmolprincess, and @callmesensei14. This round, number three, highlighted books/authors/topics/etc. beginning with the letter C. I tried to take it easy on this one, picking four books; however, I managed to finish only one and at least started a second. I’m excited for round four, which will focus on D books!

I also spent at least a month gearing up for the ultra cool Make Me Read It read-a-thon, co-hosted by the brilliant Val from The Innocent Smiley and Ely over at Tea & Titles. I was seriously overambitious with this one, in which voters pick the order in which each participant is to read X number of books in a week.

Well, I went wild and chose seven books as my contenders. I managed to get through exactly zero tales! LOL! I did start the winner, Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass, which I really like, but haven’t finished. I had a total blast watching how the votes fell! Thanks to all who voted – I at least have seven books on my newly revamped TBR list!

Now, I’m participating in #ARCAugust, hosted by Read.Sleep.Repeat, which, thankfully, lasts all month! I’m doing well with this challenge – *knock on wood* – as nearly all of my ARCs are pretty short! I actually blew through two of them today! I finished my first ARC of the month, which also satisfied my sole completed self-imposed book for Alphabethon, Tamara Ireland Stone’s Click’d

In September, I’m doing the Tackle Your TBR Read-a-Thon, hosted by Wishful Endings. I’m excited that this challenge will take place over the course of about two weeks, so surely I’ll get through at least most of it!

I’ve chosen to read only Stephen King books for Tackle Your TBR – I started reading the enormously amazing The Stand back in June, pledging to finish it by September anyhow, so the King idea struck me like a bolt of lightning!

Following is a breakdown of the challenges I tried, the one I’m currently trying, and the one I’m going to be trying next month:

The Summer TBR Wipeout Challenge

What I planned to read – 

What I Actually Read –

Alphabethon

What I Planned to Read –

  • Click’d by Tamara Ireland Stone
  • Creepy Susie and 13 Other Tales for Troubled Children by Angus Oblong
  • The Secrets of My Life: A History by Caitlyn Jenner
  • City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

What I Actually Read –

Make Me Read It

What I Planned to Read –

What I Actually Started to Read –

#ARCAugust

What I Plan to Read –

What I’ve Read Thus Far –

Tackle Your TBR

What I Plan to Read –

So, there you have it, folks – my ups and downs regarding my just finished [sort of], current, and upcoming reading challenges! Obviously, if I want to actually complete read-a-thons and meet my preset goals, I need to lower my expectations of myself and [maybe] not participate in SO many at once! 😀

I wrote a post earlier in the year, Pulling the Plug, in which I discussed my decision to ditch year-long challenges for the year, save for the penultimate Goodreads challenge. I’m already planning for 2018 and I think I’m going to return to attempting one – or a few – 365-day challenges, while participating – mildly – in shorter read-a-thons!

Happy reading to all and good luck with YOUR challenges, whether they take place year-round, for a month [or more], or for a week or two! 😀

Love, Maggie 

8 Comments

  1. Rachael Turns Pages

    YOU SOUND LIKE ME WHEN I FIRST STARTED MY BLOG. I PARTICIPATED IN TONS OF READATHONS AND EVENTS I JUST GOT BURNT OUT. I LOVE YEAR LONG CHALLENGES, BUT I DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN AS MANY READATHONS AS I USED TO . I’M MORE SELECTIVE THESE DAYS. I THINK I WILL GIVE TACKLE YOUR TBR A TRY!

    19 . 08 . 2017
    • Maggie

      LOL! I totally get super excited when I see a new challenge and go wild with overlapping them! I’m hoping I have the willpower to pare back on them – so surely the year-long challenges will help next year. Tackle your TBR sounds awesome and I’m excited it’s 2 weeks long! 😀

      20 . 08 . 2017
  2. Kris

    I’m so glad you enjoyed Alphabethon!!! Thank you for joining in!

    16 . 08 . 2017
    • Maggie

      Thank you Kris, for co-hosting this awesome challenge! I had a lot of fun, even though I only read one book! LOL! Looking forward to the next round! 😀

      16 . 08 . 2017
  3. Darque Dreamer

    I think you are doing great still! I like the variety in your TBR’s. 🙂

    14 . 08 . 2017
    • Maggie

      Thanks so much, dearie! <3 I must have variety or I get bored! LOL! 😀

      14 . 08 . 2017
  4. Olivia @ The Candid Cover

    You were able to get so much reading accomplished this summer! Thank you so much for taking part in the challenge. Good luck with getting all of those ARCs read. Those are next up on my tBR and I am eager to get started. 🙂

    14 . 08 . 2017
    • Maggie

      Thanks so much, Olivia! I had such a blast with the Wipeout challenge! I’m going to need the good luck re: those ARCs, that’s for sure! Good luck with your reading! 😀

      14 . 08 . 2017

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