My reading life has changed a lot over the last few years. I started blogging about books in 2007 and almost immediately discovered the fun and pleasure of a variety of organized Reading Challenges. The first one I participated in was Carl V’s Once Upon a Time, and it was a really fun way to discover books and authors unknown to me, and it also introduced me to many wonderful blogging friends. I was hooked on challenges from then on.
I still love reading challenges, but my life has changed a lot since those early blogging days, and I find myself not finishing my challenges…for many different reasons. I take them on with good intentions! Last week, I was reading The Ivy Tree for Anbolyn’s Mary Stewart Week…one book in one week. No problem? Well, I am only half way through the book, and that celebratory week ended yesterday and I’m not ready to review.
The scheduled, organized, motivated Reader inside of me just quails to admit that I didn’t finish another challenge. But the pragmatic, look-at-the-big-picture part of me says, “no worry…write a review or post a comment when you DO finish…life’s too short to feel guilty or self-pressured…and it was an enjoyable challenge, nonetheless.”
So I’m going to practice being kinder to myself about my reading. I still want to participate in those wonderfully creative challenges, but I am going to give myself permission to enjoy them whether or not I finish them the way I intend when I sign up. My life is full of books and reading pleasures. But it is also full of friends and family, Grandboy, new knitting projects, gardening, going for walks, and enjoying our new town and our new life. The real challenge for me is finding a balance so I can enjoy all of these wonderful parts of my life!