"Reading Challenges: a help or a hurt? Do you find that the reading challenges keep you organized and goal-oriented? Or, do you find that as you near the end of a challenge that you've failed because you fell short of your original goals? As a result of some reading challenges, I've picked up books that I would have otherwise never heard of or picked up; that, frankly, I have loved. Have you experienced the same with challenges? If so, which ones? Do you have favorite reading challenges?"A look at my left sidebar should answer that question! I do love reading challenges, but I’m careful not to over-commit. (At least, not too much). In the interests of keeping my TBR pile under some semblance of control I look for challenges that I can complete using books already to hand, which likely also helps keep the reading challenges under control. Sort of.
Reading challenges are a great incentive for me to organise my reading - I keep a computerised list of all current challenges in order of finishing date, with both the number and titles of remaining books and URLs of posted reviews (for the wrap-up post). If I’m not sure what to read next, I just check the list to see which challenge needs work. Not that that always works ... I do still sometimes end up with a bit of a mad rush in the final days (*cough* VictorianChallenge *cough*).
Since I fill challenges mostly with books I already own, I rarely discover new author as a result. The exception is the R.I.P. II Challenge from 2007, where I needed a trip to the library to make up the numbers and found The Shape-Changer's Wife by Sharon Shinn, which I adored.
And my favourite reading challenge has to be anything involving classics!