The end of September and my first month of participating in reading challenges has come to a close. And it’s been a really fun experience! I have this incredibly frustrating habit of picking up one series, reading a book or two and then switching to another… by completing reading challenges, I’m able to find an excuse to read books that are part of a series that I may have put down a year ago.
I’m never quite sure whether my inability to stick to one series (or even one book at a time) is just a product of my own jumpy mentality, or whether it’s due to the hyperactivity of the internet and our current ideas. I’m the same with TV series, study, really anything. I tend to jump from one aspect to another without even blinking. Hence the fact that I have, to date, started (and not finished) sixty-nine book series. And I’m in the middle of thirty TV shows.
Needless to say, I have a little bit of a problem with jumping from fascination to fascination. Which is where the reading challenges come in. There are a lot of books and series that I want to finish, and it’s kind of hard to decide which one to read next. Sometimes I am in a really specific mood, and the decision comes easily. At others, I find it impossible to choose between one thing and another. Maybe this is my problem – there is so much that I enjoy and love, and it is impossible to decide which things to pursue.
I’m not really sure why other people like to do reading challenges. Maybe they’re like me and just have too much to read. Maybe they would like to read more and require a goal (I normally have to stop myself from reading). And maybe they just like the communities that you become part of by immersing themselves in such a community. It certainly was not my first aim when I decided to partake in reading challenges, but it was a great side-benefit.
And now that I have completed all of the September challenges that I signed up for, I am going to get started on my October ones. Certainly looking forward to it!