I rarely ever participate in formal reading challenges. Ok, I never participate in formal reading challenges. Not because I have anything against them, but when I look at my virtual TBR pile, I tend to consider that a challenge in and of itself and the thought of keeping track of yet another list seems overwhelming. However, from time to time I issue myself a personal reading challenge. My last one was over the summer where I challenged myself to catch up on some series reading that I was seriously behind in. I did pretty well, and I only fell short by one series.
I was looking at my GoodReads shelves and inspiration for another personal reading challenge hit me. Over the next few months I am going to ‘suck it up’ and read a few books I wouldn’t normally read. Here’s the plan for my “Suck It Up And Read It Challenge”:
Read a book from my DNF shelf and give it second chance:
I think I’ll go with Liberating Lacey by Anne Calhoun. Since the goal is to be successful in this challenge, I’m picking the book from my DNF list I think I’m mostly likely to enjoy. The first time around I may have had exaggerated expectations for this book based on the rave reviews and that could have been the reason it fell flat for me before I finished it. I’m ready to give it a second chance.
Read a book by an author that pushes my limits but everyone else loves.
I’m going to read another book by Joey Hill. Everyone raves about this author’s work and she seems to extract such emotional responses from her readers. I read the first book in the Vampire Queen series, The Vampire Queen’s Servant and it made me uncomfortable. I felt the heroine bordered on cruel and there was a sexual practice that put me off. But, I want to know what it is about this author’s work that moves people so I’m thinking of reading the next book in the Vampire Queen series, The Mark Of the Vampire Queen, unless someone has another suggestion.
Read a book from my least favorite genre.
It’s a tie between Sci-Fi and YA. It’s not that I don’t like these genres, I do. But they are in my least favorite category. Keeping in mind that I am a romance reader I need to choose a book within either one of these genres that has romance. I’m considering Ann Aguirre’s Jax series for Sci-Fi since I’m told it has romance and the series comes highly recommended by my romance reading blogging buddies.
That’s it for now. I realize that’s not a lot of books but this is a ‘suck it up’ challenge so cut me some slack. These are books that are not at the top of my TBR but I’m hoping that by dusting off some books that have been pushed to the back of the shelf I’ll expand my reading horizons just a bit. If my choices fall flat, then I can at least say I gave them a fair shot.
If you’d like to join me in my Suck It Up And Read It challenge, please feel free to do so. This is not a formal challenge though. I’ll be posting my progress in my Random Friday posts and if for some reason I get bored and slack off my challenge, I will be quietly acting like this post never happened and I’d appreciate it if you’d do the same. 🙂