Truth time: I’m always super excited to join a challenge. I’m always down for a book readathon. The moment I make my intent post and start to think about the books I will read for that challenge, I lose all desire to read those books. Being put on a list of mine is the kiss of death for books.
Example 1: COYER
This should be a totally laid back challenge. Read the books you already own. I’m always super psyched when COYER starts. “I’m gonna read all these books that have been on my kindle since 2014”. I browse through hundreds of book choices and can’t pick a single one. Seriously-hundreds of books and I don’t want to read a single one? I end up going to Netgalley and picking up something new. WHY!?
Example 2: Author Love Challenge
Oh I was so excited for this one. I had just recently read my first Christine Feehan book and decided I wanted to read all her books! We are 9 months into the challenge and I have read 2. TWO!!!
Why does this happen? How do I stop it?!? Here are my thoughts:
- Its like being told to read a classic in high school. As soon as I feel I ‘have to’ read it, I want to fight the power. Dumb? Yes. But, true none the less.
- So many new pretties that publishers send me to read! I mean, I have to read them. They need me. And these reads have due dates. (This leads to a whole other problem-reading books that I have to force myself through and thus give a lower rating when in reality had I not felt I HAD to read the book then I probably would have rated it higher.)
- What appealed to me at one time doesn’t appeal to me at another. Then, with the hundreds of books on my kindle, its easy to forget about one you were really excited about at one time.
- Its not that easy to ‘browse’ on my kindle. If I had actual books, I could sit in front of my shelf and see my choices, grab a few, then narrow it down. You can’t do that with a kindle.
I’m not sure how to stop this trend. Maybe NOT create a list of any kind? I would say “Stop requesting new books” but that is just unrealistic and never gonna happen. #ARCtober starts next week and I need to BREAK THIS CURSE!