Abandoned Reading Challenges

As we rapidly approach the end of the year, I am forced to admit that I have no chance at all to finish several of the challenges I have signed up for. My intentions were good, but…. πŸ™‚

These are the ones I have failed:

~ War Through the Generations Challenge – I read 3 out of 5 books for this challenge. I’m so glad I signed up, though, because they were all terrific reads: The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli, Dragon House by John Shors, and Letter to My Daughter by George Bishop.

~ TwentyTen Challenge – I came within one book of completing this one! The “charity shop” category is the one that got me – I just don’t buy books at charity shops that often.

~ South Asian Challenge – I read 1 out of the 3 books required; I plan on signing up and trying again next year.

~ Christy Awards Challenge – I didn’t read any books for this one. πŸ™

~ Art History Reading Challenge – I read 1 out of the 3 books required; I plan to try again next year.

I’m going to stick to my “no guilt” motto and not worry about these. I finished most of the challenges I signed up for (and am still working on a few) – and I signed up for a lot!

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19 Responses to Abandoned Reading Challenges

  1. Marg
    Twitter: MargReads
    says:

    I like the ‘no guilt’ motto! I have a similar philosophy and will be not finishing a few challenges. Won’t stop me from signing up to some of the same ones again next year.

    Art History is one of those for me.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Marg – yes, that’s one that I’m kind of bummed about not finishing – but there’s always next year, right?

  2. Debbie
    Twitter: debworldofbooks
    says:

    I think I’m giving up on challenges. I either never finish them or forget to check how I’m doing on them. lol.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Debbie – I think the whole reading challenge idea plays into my compulsive need to make book lists and check off titles! πŸ™‚

  3. Kim
    Twitter: BookstoreK
    says:

    I think the art history challenge died on us, I read enough books but stopped posting about them because the challenge wasn’t updated. I hope it continues next year, after your essay challenge, it’s my favorite.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Kim – well, the Essay Challenge will definitely be repeated next year – as will the Ireland Reading Challenge. πŸ™‚ Which reminds me – I need to get reminder posts up to let people know the deadline is coming up to write their wrap-up posts if they want to be entered in the prize drawing!

  4. bedazzled says:

    lol!! i have done just this for the last 2 years.. sign up and then not finish !! the intentions r noble and thats what matters πŸ˜‰

  5. Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads
    says:

    Oh you are allowed to change one of the categories in 2010 challenge. I went for used book instead of charity shop. Regardless, I have to admit defeat on several challenges and look with hope on 2011!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Candace – I didn’t know that about changing the categories! I’ll have to see if I have another book that might fit the used category and maybe I can still finish it!

  6. Kathleen says:

    Definitely say no to guilt! You’ve accomplished so much and you have been pretty busy!

  7. Anna says:

    Don’t worry about not finishing challenges. They’re supposed to be fun, no pressure. Glad you gave the Vietnam War challenge a try!

  8. Serena
    Twitter: SavvyVerseWit
    says:

    I hear you on not finishing some challenges. I finished some and not others….though I think I signed up for too many. I hope you had a good time reading the Vietnam War books even if you didn’t finish the challenge. 3 out of 5 is not bad at all.

    Please also take some time to vote on the 2011 war topic here: http://warthroughthegenerations.wordpress.com/2010/11/14/2011-which-war-should-be%c2%a0next/

  9. I am going to do my first challenge this year, I am sure I will be able to finish it, however I have this need to sign up for many challenges and I have had to learn to say no because I over extend myself—-it was hard for me to pick just ONE challenge when there were so many good ones out there πŸ™‚

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Lit B*tch – I did a lot this year – but didn’t complete them all. I figure half the fun is in trying, right? πŸ™‚

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