I've been agonizing over my reading challenges for the last several days.
I tend to do this when I have big stuff on my mind - you know, things like a major holiday (Christmas), a death in the family (my grandmother), projects for work. I zoom in and focus on the minutia, the tiny details of life, because the big stuff ... well, because sometimes the big stuff is just too big.
I'm really close to being finished with both the Reading Madly challenge as well as the Southern Literature challenges (2 books left for each of them) yet I can't seem to decide on books for either, and the thought of being obligated to read four books in the next 9 days is a little daunting, and that has me frozen in place, unable to pick up ANY book. I'm not kidding; I haven't picked up ANYTHING to read since our car ride home from Philadelphia on Sunday, which is highly unlike me.
Which also means that I'm way, way, way overthinking this, and that there's only one solution:
To stick a fork in this year in terms of the reading challenges.
After all, chances are that the same challenges will still be here in 2012. I know the books will be.
So, without further ado, here's how I fared with my 14 challenges that I signed myself up for around this time last year. Dare I say, it was a very good year (bookishly speaking, that is).
Challenges Completed (9 out of 14)
Essay Reading Challenge
What's in a Name 4
Challenges Failed (5 out of 14)
Foodies Reading Challenge
Where Are You Reading?
I'm signing up for many of these again - and then some. I think I'm up to something ridiculous like 19 or 20 challenges now. (Unlike a lot of posts I've seen about bloggers being burnt out on challenges, I'm not. This was the first year I participated in this many challenges and I found I actually kind of liked it. What can I say - I like the keeping track and the statistics and the listmaking that's involved in all of this.)
How about you? Are you still going strong with any challenges for 2011? Or have you wrapped up your year too?
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