This discussion topic came to me while I was drafting my October wrap up. I’m doing pathetically on my TBR challenge for 2013, in fact I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t even care about it anymore. And then something happened… I got found the link up for the 2014 TBR Challenge and what was the first thought that crossed my mind? Oh, I better sign up!! That’s ridiculous right? I just barely, BARELY made a dent in my pile for this year and I want to attempt it again?
It’s not the fact of entering the challenges, it’s that once I do I am filled will this incredible anxiety to read ALL THE BOOKS for that challenge, and then I fall behind in others and then I get more stressed out … and it’s a constant battle of self-imposed book challenge anxiety.
But I can’t help it, challenges just look so enticing to me. It’s not even the giveaways or the added fun things that go with them, I think it more boils down to the challenge counter. I love looking on Goodreads and seeing the counter getting closer and closer to completion.
Unfortunately it doesn’t even stop at specific reading challenges, like the TBR Challenge and the Debut Author challenge, it also is Bout of Books, Bloggiesta, Review challenges… I love them all. Bloggiesta & Bout of Books are less stressful because it’s a specific timeframe of completion and I do normally get a lot done but even with those I usually set unrealistic goals and end up feeling defeated if I don’t get them all met.
I guess what I am trying to say here is that I need a series case of challenge rehabilitation. I’m trying to not join them all, but Jeez… the bookish community makes them look so good! For 2014 I’m going to try to take it down a notch and not join as many challenges, but I’m also going to plan for the inevitable… I will definitely be participating in a few.
I’m really interested… are you like this with challenges? Do you love participating and joining? What’s your favorite part of challenges? Or are you on the other side of the join and totally dislike challenges? What’s the turn off for them?
Chat with me, please!