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29 December 2015

TBR Pile Challenge 2016 #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks

This post is completely different from what I thought it would be.

My plan:
Complete the 2015 TBR Pile Challenge. Come up with a list for the 2016 TBR Pile Challenge. Commence reading assigned books.

The reality:
Adam of the blog Roof Beam Reader, original architect/conductor of this challenge, has decided to drop it. At first I thought, "No big deal. I can fly solo on this."

And I could, if I wanted to. But there's the problem: I don't.

I realized that what I really liked was making the list, writing the book reviews, and interacting with other reading challenge participants. I also realized that I don't like having the pressure of a lot of assigned reading.

Some assigned reading is fine. I'm still doing the Classics Club. And I think I want to try some shorter or more specific projects, like re-reading favorite series critically or some kind of holiday-themed blog events. I'm also interested in more open ended challenges, like the Women's Classic Literature Event and Foodies Read.

But over the past month or so I've been hankerin' to read just about everything that isn't on my official TBR Pile Challenge list, including several items that I'd already put on my list for next year, and it kind of sucked the fun out of reading. I didn't want to "fail" but I didn't want to read those particular titles at that particular moment, either.

All this is a very long-winded say of saying that I'm not doing it again next year.

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What I am doing, though is signing up for the #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks (hosted by Andi at Estella's Revenge) challenge instead.

One of the "extra" rules that I set for my TBR Pile Challenge was that I had to read books that I already owned. This was a self-imposed rule and one that I would have stuck to if doing the challenge again, because I just want to be able to say that I've read almost all the books in our little library.

The #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks challenge focuses on that aspect without requiring a list of assigned titles. I'm including a list below simply because I'd already started working on it when I intended to to the TBR Pile thing in 2016, but this is not "the" list.

  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
  • Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  • Guns, Germs, & Steel by Jared Diamond
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  • Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin
  • The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

I'm not even going to make a separate page for this challenge. I might not even review all of the books I read for this challenge here on the blog. Low pressure is the name of the game. We'll just see how this goes this year, shall we?

How about you -- have you ever given up on a reading challenge or other hobby event because it just wasn't fun anymore? Is anyone else out there doing the #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks challenge, too?

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