- First, they introduce me to new books that I otherwise wouldn't be exposed to. The 1% Well Read Challenge is excellent for this.
- Second, they help me focus on my personal reading goals. The Read Your Own Books Challenge served this purpose (or would have, if I had completed it).
- And third, they give me a sense of accomplishment. I love signing up for challenges that include books I want to read anyway; it is so much fun to mark them off my TBR list!
I signed up for 11 reading challenges that either began or ended in 2009. I'm very goal-oriented and I like to complete what I start, so I try not to sign up for too many challenges and I try to complete every one I sign up for. I'm very proud of my challenge record this year: 8 completed, two in progress, and only one not completed.
The links take you to my end-of-challenge recaps where I list the books I read and my thoughts on that particular challenge.
- Stephenie Meyer Mini Challenge - completed Jan. '09
- '08-'09 1% Well Read Challenge - completed Feb. '09
- Baker Street Challenge - completed April '09
- Science Book Challenge - completed June '09
- Non-Fiction Five - completed Aug. '09
- World Citizen Challenge - completed Sep. '09
- War Through The Generations: WWII - completed Oct. '09
- 2009 1% Well Read Challenge - completed Oct. '09
- Read Your Own Books Challenge - not completed (link takes you to my original post about it) - I'm throwing in the towel on this one
- LOST Books Challenge - I still have 5 books to read but this doesn't end until mid 2010 (link takes you to the challenge blog)
- Really Old Classics Challenge - I'm co-hosting this challenge and have started my first book - I have until Feb. '10 to read at least 2 more (link takes you to the challenge blog)
As I said, I'm very pleased with the challenge reading I've done this year. Not much of it was outside of my comfort zone but some was. And more importantly, I enjoyed each of these challenges for different reasons.
So tell me ...
- Are you a challenge-addict? A challenge-avoider? Or like me, a challenges-in-moderation person?
- Did you participate in any of these same challenges this past year? Which was your favorite?
- What challenge that wasn't on my list would you highly recommend?