Early in the year, I decided to plunge into various reading challenges. Namely, my focus was on the Beat the Back-list and the Pop Sugar Challenge. A moment of reflection every couple of months is a good way to keep me accountable and transparent. In brief terms, my reading challenge update is woeful and in need of many modifications. Let me explain further. Read on.
Out of the series that I have listed from Beat the Back List, I have read none. My main struggle is that I cannot fit in the series with many challenges. Besides, my reading has taken a huge dip in frequency and duration. This is partly because I am intimidated by slowing down and reading. Often, my manic episodes dampen my chances of sitting still at all. I get so wrapped up in the ambitious energy, the hyper drive that I experience, and the high hopes that I have. As I write this blog post, I am at the tail end of a manic episode (I hope it’s the tail end, I don’t know. It’s still hard to observe this dissonance). I am not sure how I will be able to incorporate reading even when I am manic.
My modification is to read things that satisfy this mania. Adventures and action-packed novels sound like they would keep me from feeling that I need to do things myself. Perhaps I can displace my own energy into what the characters are doing.
challenges and libraries
As much as I love the idea of reading from the library, the Pop Sugar challenge overextended my reliance on going there. I have high anxiety around deadlines and borrowing things in general. It’s a double whammy for me, and it just isn’t worth the sleepless nights of me trying to read as fast as I can.
I like somehow bending my TBR to fit the prompts in creative and even stretched ways. There is no need for me to try to function within these rules. My goal is to read my TBR, and enjoy the books I already have.
This is what I can do right now. Read from what I own, and fulfill the prompts however I see fit.
Back to that back list challenge
So far, I have not been able to read a single series back to back. My modification for the challenge is to read more than one series at a time to provide variety in my reading experience. I am aiming to vary my suggestions for each challenge that I do each week to avoid getting bored or overwhelmed.
Hopefully, my reading will improve with these modifications. How is your progress with your goals in mind so far? Please share any tips on how you read more off your TBR piles.
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