Results: On the 2015 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge, I failed by two: K and V. Which, I might add, is a vast improvement over the previous year when I was off by SIX. Did I achieve my goal? No. But improvement is still form of winning isn’t it? And don’t my odds look so much better this year?
But for the 2015 Chunkster Challenge, I kicked butt! Having failed the previous year, I lowered my expectations to a more reasonable level and then managed to exceed them. My pledge was 10 and I read 13, and yeah, I feel triumphant. And inspired and motivated to do even better this year.
Last year I attempted two (well, really three, but we’ll cover that in a minute) challenges, and succeeded at neither. This year, I’m attempting the same two challenges (er, three) with adjusted goals.
Well, to be fair, my goal for this challenge can’t really be adjusted because the letters of the alphabet have not changed so…all I can do is do better this year. Simple enough.
Last year I aimed for 15 and only managed to read 10. Since one of my goals this year includes reading a few gargantuan books (at least four that are 700+ pages, a couple of which are over 1000), I’m going to stick with 10. One might argue that I should push myself past what I managed last year, but in all fairness, most of the “chunksters” I read last year barely met the page length requirement. This year…please refer to the second sentence in this paragraph. 🙂
The third challenge, which I failed to mention last year, probably because it isn’t new, is the Goodreads Challenge. I’ve done it every year since 2011. My goal this time around is 35 books by the end of the year, and I suspect that is relatively attainable (knock on wood). Naturally, I’d like to blow that out of the water, but, at the risk of sounding repetitive, I want to give myself room to read longer books this year (have I said that enough that you believe it because if it’s working for you, maybe the repetition will help me believe it, too).
So there we are folks. My reading goals for the year. Ready. Set. Go!