I love a good reading challenge; in fact, a rereading challenge I saw on a blog a couple years ago was one of the big factors in me starting my own blog. Since then, I've done at least one reading challenge a year, and I love them! I know reading challenges aren't for everyone, but here are some reasons why they work for me!
Joining reading challenges was a great way for me to get involved in the book blogging community when I started my own. It introduced me to so many other bloggers. I like knowing we are all working on this challenge together and tracking each other's progress. There are so many reading challenges out there, in all different genres and book types, that range from a week or two to the entire year, that it would be hard to NOT find something to participate in.
They help me get through my TBR
I try to pick reading challenges that go along with books that are already on my TBR but are sometimes overlooked. I don't really need to add yet more books to my TBR just to satisfy a challenge requirement. So, Beat the Backlist hosted by NovelKnight has really helped me focus on older titles on my TBR that I too often forget about or neglect in favor of shiny new releases and the Nonfiction Reading Challenge hosted by Doing Dewey jumpstarted my goal of reading more nonfiction and finally reading those titles on my TBR. I've been able to move through books on my TBR more quickly.
I like having goals to work towards
I think I'm a pretty goal-oriented person. I like working towards something, achieving it, and then moving onto the next thing. I've never met a to-do list I didn't like; I love the sense of accomplishment that comes with checking off each item as I finish. So naturally, making a TBR for a challenge and seeing it through to the end is something I really enjoy. Tracking my progress just puts a smile on my face - I know, I know, who gets this excited over a spreadsheet? Me! Of course, I love reading for the sake of reading, but there's just something about the thrill of a challenge. There's an extra layer of motivation in picking up a book each day, knowing that I'm working towards fulfilling my challenge goals.
Do enjoy reading challenges? Which ones do you participate in? Or if they don't work for you, why not?