This Chick’s Sunday Commentary: Reading Challenges- why participate?

Reading Challenges. What do they mean really? If I finish the year at 40% to my reading goal am I giving myself an F? Is that what reading challenges are supposed to make me feel like? I hope no one takes them that seriously! As many do, I set a goal for myself on Goodreads for last year and again set one up for 2018. Does it drive me? Do I feel good or bad when I hit a mark that shows progress?  Society has taught us, with grades through school, goals and budgets to hit at work, and even how many times we have sex with our spouse in a week, to grade ourselves against what someone else has declared the norm. So my reading challenge shouldn’t be about if I hit my goal or not, right? At what point do I start feeling bad about myself? Being driven to succeed by overachieving?

overachieving meme

OK, I’ll fess up. I’m somewhat of an overachiever and actually surpassed my Goodreads challenge for last year by 12 books. I may have cheated a little bit because I listened to quite a few books too and counted those as having been read. Technically they were listening, but it was a book and I finished it and because I was driven to succeed by a number no one else set for me but myself, I counted it. Whew! Glad I got that off my chest….

Let’s talk about these challenges. Why do we do them?

  1. Well, I’m a book blogger! I read books. I talk about books. I review books. Sometimes I need help motivating myself. I’m a goal oriented person and these challenges do the job! It seems silly, doesn’t it? Why would I procrastinate reading a book when I love to read? Well, sometimes if you feel like you have to do it, you put pressure on yourself. So having someone else challenge me? It’s a contest, and well, I love to win. Even if the prize is only reading a great book.
  2. I like to feel like I’m part of a group. Isn’t that why we read popular books and comment and have conversations about them? Isn’t it fun to interact with people who are doing the same things you are doing? Feel free to nod in agreement. 🙂
  3. Focus!  This is a big one for me. Like most of you, I too have a ton of books to read, lots of ARC commitments and still want to read my own stack sitting on my nightstand. A challenge, whether it be a Goodreads countdown, or even a TBR Take down challenge helps me focus and get the job done!
  4. Organization- I’ll admit, I mainly use Goodreads to keep track of all of the books I read. It’s a great tool!  The extra side benefit is I get to see what my friends read too. Want to be my friend on Goodreads? I would LOVE that!  Click HERE.  I love to scroll through the feed to see what everyone is reading.
  5. I created my own mini challenge last year when I went on vacation. Kindle Unlimited lets you borrow 10 books at a time and I noticed that I’d let mine get up to 10 and had to delete a book (horrors!) in order to add a new one. I needed to read down my Kindle Unlimited list. I challenged myself to read only Kindle Unlimited books while on vacation.  I think I read 6? Of course, I read the first in a series and then read the other three that hadn’t been on my list previously so I kind of defeated the purpose. However, it was a goal I set and I somewhat stuck to it! LOL.


I know there are other readers, bloggers and talkers out there who love challenges.

Do you participate in any challenges? Or have you created your own? Feel free to add the link to your challenge in the comments. We all need motivation!

Why do you participate? For the same reasons I mentioned? Or do you have your own reasons. Tell me in the comments. I bet Quite a few of us feel the same way!

Until next Sunday!


This Chicks Take Control of my TBR Challenge Final Count! #TakeControlTBR

The Challenge was to pare down my TBR list during he month of March. The books had to be published before 3/1/17, so no ARC’s! However, I did have some ARC review commitments and that did cut down on my count. Because of those commitments I only gave myself a goal of reading 12 books off my TBR. In one month? Easy peasy! Mixed in with ARC’s? Hmmm. Surprisingly, I still blew it away!  At the end of last week I only needed one book to hit my challenge goal. I read three! I’ll admit, one was an ARC but it was a re-release so I thought it counted as it was published in 2013.  Lol. All of these books were great. My review for Angelbound is out, and the other two will be soon. Continue reading “This Chicks Take Control of my TBR Challenge Final Count! #TakeControlTBR”

This Chicks Take Control of my TBR Update! (week 3) #TakeControlTBR

I’ll admit, I got a little off track this week!  I actually had a social life!  Lol. A hockey game one night and then an exhibit and book signing on another, which was great fun, really! But, with the ARC commitments (two books) and those other activities, I only got one book read that will count towards my challenge. And that book was…. insert drumroll here….

1) Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

This book truly deserves all of the great things everyone has to say about it. Check my blog for a future review!

Take Control of my TBR Challenge Goal – 12 books

Week 1 started off with a bang! 6 books read

Week 2 had a couple ARC’s throw off my total… 4 books read.

Week 3 had great weather, fun extracurricular activities 1 1/2 ARC’s read… and 1 book finished for the challenge.

3 week total- 11 books.  I have until this Friday to meet my 12 book challenge, and I know I can easily get that done.  So, just to make things fun, do you all think I can get to a higher book total? Anyone want to race me to the end? Ready…Set…Read!

I’ll post one last Take Control of my TBR Update next week! I do want to give a quick Thanks! To Kimberly at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  This has been fun!


This Chicks Take Control of my TBR Update! (Week 2) #TakeControlTBR

Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer created this challenge to motivate us to read some books on our TBR lists. Reduce those stacks of books, even if they are virtual stacks! This week I had to read one of my ARC commitments, which doesn’t count towards my challenge, so I didn’t get as much read as last week.  However, I still read four books. Look for my reviews in the future!

1) Baron: The Knickerbocker Club by Joanna Shupe

2) The Hunt (The Cage #2) by Megan Shepherd

3) An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

4) Devil in Spring (The Ravenals #3) by Lisa Kleypas

My goal for this challenge was to complete 12 books. I do have a couple more ARC’s that I need to fit in this week, but I should definitely hit my goal this week. This challenge goes through the 31st, so maybe I should’ve set myself a higher number? But then, what’s the fun in setting a goal you can’t hit!

  • Last week- 6
  • This week-4

Total count -10!

Until next week!


This Chicks Take Control of my TBR update! #TakeControlTBR

I had joined Kimberly from Caffeinated Book Reviewers challenge to clean up my TBR list.  The challenge started on 3/1, but I didn’t see the post until a few days into the month. Regardless of my late start, here is my tally for the week.

My goal? 12 books. Hmmm, maybe I should’ve set a higher goal….

1) Victoria Schwab –This Savage Song ❤❤❤❤

Continue reading “This Chicks Take Control of my TBR update! #TakeControlTBR”

This Chick is joining the Take Control of your TBR Challenge! (Week 1) #TakeControlTBR

I saw this blog post on the Caffeinated Book Reviewers blog and had to join up!!  In the month of March the challenge is to reduce your TBR pile. Read any book published before March 01 2017 and then log them into her website. I am joining at current count, almost 50 other random bloggers and friends of Kimberly’s. Fun!

There are a few rules I must follow:

  • I can’t include any novellas, all books must be over  100 pages.
  • Begins midnight March 01 2017 and ends March 31, 2017 ( I’m late getting started I know! Luckily I’m a fast reader!)
  • Post a review to Goodreads or on my blog and then link to rafflecopter to win prizes.  Yes, prizes!!  Watch out folks, I am pretty competitive! Lol. 😏
  • Use #TakeControlTBR
  • Post updates and results on my blog
  • Read, read, read!

Considering I have 183 books on my kindle, belong to the Uppercase monthly Book Club and am about 6 months behind on reading those books AND I have a stack of other books I’ve bought, I think I have a good stash to choose from. ☺️

A sample snapshot of my kindle loaded with unread books!

Goals: I’m going to keep it simple. My goal is to read 12 books this month off of my TBR list. I do have a couple of ARC commitments I have to get to that won’t count against this tally since the books don’t come out this month, but I think I can get to twelve.

First up is This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab.

Wish me luck and if you have the reading stamina, join up!  I love a good competition! Come on, let’s read! What’s your first book?