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I consider myself a moodreader, I prefer to read whatever I am in the mood for and let my mood quide whichever book I pick up. At first I always believed that being a moodreader didn’t go well with doing reading challenges and up till 2015 I hardly ever participated in them as I though they weren’t for me. In 2014 I participated in the Coyer reading challenge, sci-fi month and Blog Ahead and I found I enjoyed them. Starting 2015 I signed-up for a bunch of reading challenge and even though I am a mood reader they work for me. I thought it was interesting to look more into this and why I like reading challenges even though I am a mood reader.
Why does being a mood reader go well together with reading challenges?
- Narrowing down the options. What I like about the cobmination of reading challenges and moodreading is that the reading challenges provide that tiny bit of direction. It narrows down the options to choose from and thus making it easier to choose what to read next. Normally as I am a moodreader I have the full range of books I own and haven’t read to choose from. Now I simply take a look at my current reading challenges and let that guide what to read next. For example when I particpated in Winter Coyer that limited down the options to e-books only. And if that wasn’t limited enough I could always combine it with another challenge. So for me Reading Challenges make sure I can still mood read, but they narrow down the options. I usually pariticapte in readign challenges that still leave enough freedom to choose which book to read, but narrow the options down.
- Still moodreading. Even though the reading challenges narrow down my options, I am still mood reading, I just have less options to choose from. There was one challenge that I did fail and that’s the Reading Assignment Challenge where you picked 12 books to read one every month. My problem with this is that 12 books and gettign less every month is narrowing it down too much. But with most reading challenge there is till enough room to choose exactly which book to read and enough options to mood read and participate in the reading challenge.
- Choose your reading challenges wisely. I mostly participate in broad reading chalenges, like Winter Coyer which limits books that count to e-copies that are free or nearly free, but that still leaves me with all my review books and cheap boosk, so there still are enough options and I can still let me mood quide me to choose a book from all those options. Or Summer Coyer whcih basically means I can read whatever I want and count it for the challenge.
- Set low or reasonable goals. When I sign-up for a reading challenge I set my goals low enough that I know I can reach those goals without too much effort or more precisely without having to give up my mood reading ways to achieve them. I set my goals on that number that it’s still a bit of a challenge, but not too high that I will stress out over it and have to force myself to read books for that challenge. For example the 2015 New Releases Challenge, I know I read a lot of new releases and I know I read about 50 books in a year, so I set my goal on 10, which means 1 in 5 books I read will be a new release, that sounds reasonable and doable in combination with my other challenges and it’s still challenging, but I don’t really have to do much different then I do normally as I already read around this amount of new releases. But I still get the fun of participating in the challenge, but my goal isn’t too high to stress me out and forces me to stop mood reading. I actually already reached my goal of 10 books for this challenge as I udnerestimated how many new releases I read.
- Particpate in challenges in a way that fits with mood reading. With this I mean that you know which books you normally read and can use that knowlegde to participate in challenges in a way that works well with your natural ways of reading. For example I didn’t read any historical romances in the past few years, so when I decided to give the genre a try I set my goal on 3 books as I know I usually don’t read those books and even 3 is challenging enough. While for Summer Coyer I know that every book I read counts, so I set my goal on 12 books, as the challenge runs slightly longer than 2 months and I read about 5 books each month. So I set goals based on what I normally read and if I read more then the goal that’s nice, but it isn’t necessary.
What do I think of reading challenges?
In general I enjoy reading challenges, they allow me to connect with other book bloggers and it’s fun to keep track of how many books you read for the challenge. I like setting goals and then seeing if I make them, but I don’t put my goals so high that they stress me out and I think that’s the key to enjoy reading challenges, to know how high you can set your goals. I even went with some really low goals for a few as I know I won’t enjoy the challenges if I set my goals too high. I like setting goals just on that line that I probably will reach them, but maybe not if I don’t put in some effort. I also like the twitter parties and challenges that come with it. So far I am happy I decided to give reading challenges a try as they work together well with my mood reading ways and I enjoy doing them and interacting with other bloggers who participate.