I don’t usually sign up for challenges. Cos, well… 1. I’m too lazy; and b) I get bored easily. And there’s also the fact I hate failing. Despite excelling at it so.
However… this year I have inadvertently-on-purpose signed up for two challenges on the reading front.
Firstly I signed up for the Australian Women Writers’ challenge. I’ve actually shared book reviews I’ve written on the AWW site for a couple of years but am always too lazy to get around to ‘guestimating’ how many books I ‘might’ read by Aussie women writers to participate formally.
As it happened last year I read 30 books by Aussie women… which is many more than I expected. In all honesty I can’t remember how many I’ve committed to reading this year but I’d like to make it more than last year’s efforts if possible (though it was a bountiful year for Aussie women writers).
And then this past weekend I discovered a challenge type thingy that is perfect for me… the 2017 Cloak and Dagger Challenge being hosted by Stormi at Books, Reviews, Movies, Oh My! and Barb at Booker T’s Farm. And I’m actually going for the maximum number of books in this challenge – which includes the mystery / suspense / crime / thriller genre…. also-known-as my BREAD AND BUTTER baby!
So my target is 56+ books… the Sherlock Holmes of the genre.
I’m quietly confident as… six of the books I’ve read this month already fall into this genre. So I am literally and figuratively laughing. I think.
Of course, I could get distracted by the odd romance novel, historical tome, or piece of literary fiction. However, I intend to remain true to my FAVE genre as much as possible.
I should mention there are no prizes or public lashings for achieving or not-achieving one’s goals, it’s all good clean fun. Well… so they tell me.
Are you a fan of challenges? Or a lover of the mystery / suspense / crime / thriller genre?