I have a confession to make. I warned you.
I am no good at reading challenges. I want to be good at them. I love competing and I love reading. A reading challenge should be a no-brainer.
I did warn you. When I started my Big Book Challenge, I admitted that I always start strong and then burn out. The truth: that is exactly what happened this time, too.
To be fair to myself, a Big Book Challenge is time-consuming and not always engaging. Why be stuck in a 900-page brick of crap characters and non-existent plot, when you can wander over to your neglected pile of shorter (and more fascinating, better-written) books that you want to read? The answer to the question, at least for me, is that you wander over to the “good books” pile.
At first, I was diligent. I read two or three huuuuuuuuuge books over the span of several weeks. I was motivated. Then, I promised myself I would take a brief break and read a shorter non-fiction book. Technically, not cheating on my challenge – I had challenged myself to only read FICTION in big-book format.
Soon, I was devouring shorter fiction books as well. They were just so engaging and well-written and they had plots that came to a conclusion in a reasonable time-frame.
So. I failed my book challenge. But, like any reader that is competitive and addicted to reading, I came up with a new challenge: The TOR.com imprint. To infinity…and beyond!
I’ll keep you posted on my inevitable failure. I’ll be rooting for me.