There are so many reading challenges out there, on blogs and on Goodreads, and wherever else you find books. But how do you set one? How do you make one up, or decide which ones to stick to? As part of the Bookish Nerds Read-a-thon, I’m here to help you!
I end up signing up for loads of different challenges, then freaking out on the 30th of every month because I haven’t finished them. Are any of you the same? The best way I can think to overcome this is to PLAN AHEAD
I’ve written a post for all the challenges I plan on doing. That means that I have it there, written down so I can’t forget. This time last year I wasn’t blogging, so hopefully this will help me.
The next thing is to make sure you’re reading books you want to read. If you only read YA, don’t sign up for an adult book challenge. If you hate romance, don’t decide to ‘give it a go’ when you have pressure on you from other people. This may seem stupid, but I’ve done it too many times to count.
Lastly, remember that the whole world will not end if you don’t manage to complete your challenge. I know, you feel like you’re letting down your team, or your group, or your followers. Trust me, we don’t mind. I’ll be happy for you if you manage to read 200 books starting with your initials, but I’m not going to burn down your house if you can’t do it. It’s just a few books. We don’t mind, honestly.
Making up your own challenge is much harder. I haven’t had any amazing brainwaves, but that doesn’t mean I can’t help those of you that are completely lost.
Like I said before, make it something you’re interested in. Not your friends, not your followers, YOU. What’s the point in making a challenge you don’t want to stick to yourself?
Put a unique spin on it. It’s no fun stealing an idea from somewhere else. Otherwise why not just do their challenge? This is the bit I struggle with, but it’s definitely achievable.
However, you can browse for ideas. That’s allowed, don’t worry! Other people are really clever, take inspiration from them.
Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask for help. I know I would feel so loved if someone sent me a link to a challenge asking “is this a good idea?” I’m not afraid to help out. In the group I run, I have other mods who will tell me if my ideas are good or bad. And I trust that you, my lovely followers, will help me over here.
So, there are my tips! Hopefully they helped. Anything else you’d like to add? Anything that confused you? Let me know!