As 2010 approached I knew I wanted to finish the two challenges I have yet to complete that overlap into 2010 and join some new ones. I have now committed to 32 for 2010. I only will commit to a challenge that allows overlaps with other challenges as any other course seems over directing to me and most challenge hosts explicitly state they allow it. One of the Challenges asks you to read 52 books in 52 weeks. I will if all goes well do this in the first four months or so so it is really not a factor in what I read. For fun I pondered how many books will I have to read to complete these 20 challenges, setting aside the challenge to read 52 books. (I will sign up for more I am sure and maybe in spring commit to 100 books). These 20 challenges can be completed by reading from 25 to 30 books that I want to read anyway. I remain fully in charge of what I read. If there are more challenges that interest me I will join them also. The biggest to me challenge will be keeping track of them. I plan to create a challenge tracking post to follow it all. There are lots of ways to find challenges that will interest you. A very good place to get information on the various reading challenges going on and future ones also is at A Novel Challenge. There are really challenges for all sorts of readers.
My question to myself is why join so many challenges? My answer is that it is fun for me, I am supporting the book blogging community, I make some new contacts, and I also learn about a lot of new books from reading the posts in the challenges I join. If it all seems a bit crazy to some that is ok perhaps it is!-
As to personal reading perpetual challenges I will continue to read the novels of Henry James and Edith Wharton and I hope somehow I can host a read along of Ford Madox Ford's Parade's End if a few others would want to join in. I will also join the Japanese Literature Challenge 4 when it begins in 2010. I will post more on my 2010 reading hopes and plans later as the year ends. My thanks to all who host challenges. I will continue to join more challenges as the year begins. I see no reason other than the work involved in keeping track of them (which also will be fun for me) not to join 50 challenges.
Anyway those are my thoughts on Reading Challenges-
what are your reasons for joining a reading challenge or why do you avoid them-?