With this silly reading slump I’ve been in, my yearly reading challenges have definitely fallen by the way side. A couple months ago, that probably would have bothered me. Today? Not so much! It’s kind of nice that I’m not beating myself up over something so trivial as not completing a reading challenge.
I’ve decided to not really finish any of my reading challenges this year. With this slump, I fell hardcore behind that to try to catch up would be a bit ridiculous. I just want to try to get out of this reading slump and I think that trying to rush and read all these books just to get caught up in challenges is probably not the way to go. The books I hope to read before the end of the year will probably still apply to these challenges, but not all of them. I just want to enjoy the rest of the year with whatever reading I can get done and not stress over a challenge I more than likely won’t be able to finish. I may go back through books I’ve read previously to see which one’s I can use to fill holes, but that just seems like a lot of work for something that isn’t quite important in the grand scheme of things.
Even though I’ve decided to not really finish this year’s challenges, I’m already planning out next years. I’m a bit crazy like that and challenge obsessed. I am at least taking a more relaxed approach with what challenges I want to participate in next year. Some I’ve decided to spread out over 2 years, others I just want to read as much as I can for them (with no real set goal), and I think there’s really only one that I want to try to finish within the year (key word try). In November, I’ll probably start sharing what these challenges are and what planning I’ve already done with them.
I think I need to lighten the load for this time of year also. This is certainly the start of the busiest time of year for me at work. Even though I may not be working at the same exact place, I will probably still be working in retail and this is just a busy time for retail across the board. This is also the time of year that I’ve almost always slowed down with the reading. Even though fall is my favorite season, and one of the best seasons for curling up with a good book, it’s always been a rough time for me reading wise.
I am going to keep most of my goals the same for next year. I have succeeded at almost all of them already and the year isn’t even done yet! The one that I do want to make a more conscious effort with is my goal for how many male authors I read. Since I read a lot of young adult, most of the authors I read are females. Most people have been wanting to focus on reading more female authors and I’m over here wanting to do the opposite. I am adding a diversity element next year as well that I’m looking forward to.
I’m just excited that I’m thinking about books and reading again. I have started reading (just a smidgen) and I’m hoping this slower pace really pays off and I can finally climb out of this slump.