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Failing in Another

Well, "failing" is probably not the right word. But I've decided that I don't want to continue with the 50-Book Challenge. I _think_ I would probably have done it (although I'm not absolutely sure), but I'm a bit annoyed with myself that I care, and I think this is one obsessive-compulsive list thing that I just don't want to do. Also, I was finding it affecting my reading choices and even pleasure - I was more pissed off than usual if a book I started did not grab me, because it seemed like a waste of time. I've not been rereading, even if I wanted to, because re-reads did not "count." I was choosing not to read something long or difficult because it would set me off my reading schedule.


I just need to stop it. So I'm going to.


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Aug. 6th, 2010 11:54 pm (UTC)
I've quit doing reading challenges for exactly the same reasons. I always said it wouldn't affect how I read but it always made me crabby about whether I was reading fast enough or reading the right things or...

I actually read more when I'm not doing challenges.
Aug. 7th, 2010 12:26 am (UTC)
Yes - my thoughts exactly!
Aug. 7th, 2010 02:09 am (UTC)
good decision
Aug. 7th, 2010 04:16 am (UTC)
It sounds like a good decision. If it's detracting from your reading pleasure, then what is the point?
Aug. 7th, 2010 06:44 am (UTC)
Good for you! I've never done any formal challenges but I used to think that I had to read classics in order to educate myself no matter if I liked them or not. After years of this I decided that I would never again read books unless I enjoyed them, no matter what anyone judges them to be.
Aug. 7th, 2010 10:27 am (UTC)
A very good decision. One should only do challenges if there is something in it for you.

I do this one precisely because I need to read new stuff to feel ok (discovered one very bad winter). Without it I get myself into a rut in which I feel guilty for reading anything I'm not writing about or teaching.
Aug. 7th, 2010 11:12 am (UTC)
I don't think it's a fail - it's sense. This is one of the reasons I don't do Nano - not writing until Nov 1st, taking a million notes but not writing down a snippet of dialogue, all so I can conform to the rules? Nah.
Aug. 7th, 2010 11:22 am (UTC)

I thoroughly enjoyed being a Clarke Award Judge, which is a 50 book challenge in its own right, and not one you can drop. But it did feel that the reading was obligatory, and after I was done I think I read about only a book a month for the next year because it was so nice not to feel I had to be getting on with the reading.

I'm really enjoying the photos though, and I like the montages, so I'm glad you're keeping that one going. And I'd like to try that one myself one day when my next phone has a better camera.
Aug. 16th, 2010 05:49 am (UTC)
Wonderful. We all have enough crap to do for others' eyes. Reading is a pleasure too precious to be compromised like that.
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