Saturday, December 1, 2012

Bye-Bye Challenge

So guys.  Guess what?


Drum roll...........

I'm a super big loser.

(Did you guess it right??)

So yeah, basically, I'm a loser AND a quitter.  But at this point in time, I have no guilt.  None at all.  A bit of sadness that it didn't work out, and no hard feelings at all, but boyyy am I glad to be done with this.

I was really really excited to start this challenge at the beginning of the year.  The plan was to read 2 books a month toward the challenge and then I'd be passed my challenge marker.  As you've probably guessed already, that did not happen.  Review copies and fun reading got in the way, but I didn't even notice because the whole time I was reading for fun/review, I was stressing about the challenge.  Which made the year go by without me really noticing I'd read so many fun books just because I wanted to.  Everything felt like a challenge, which I'm almost certain is not what was intended by the amazing hosts of this challenge.

Basically, it's my personality.  I'm a closet stresser.  I stress and stress and stress and no one knows until I EXPLODE at the end.  So this is me...exploding, I suppose.  Today I just wanted to say, "I JUST CAN'T DO IT ANYMORE!!"  I just want to enjoy the last few weeks of the year, and read what I want, when I want, because I just want to.  I wouldn't have been able to finish the challenge anyways.  I need to read 10 more books and I've only been reading 5 books a month these last few months.

So this is me, bidding adieu to the challenge, and thanking the hosts for giving me the great opportunity to try something new and get at least 10 books I owned from before last year out of the way.  (Also an apology!  I'm so sorry, all you lovely hosts who work so hard!)

But I know - I won't be doing a challenge again.  At least not for a while.  It's just me - not the challenges.  I LOVE reading about them, seeing them all over the place and watching people's progress.  It's so fun!  Just not for me to do.

From now on, I will watch, read, and enjoy, because that's the way I roll.  Let it never be said I was a quitter twice.

The end.

The books I read:
Tunnels (3/5)
A Sudden, Fearful Death (5/5)
Coraline (5/5)
Mansfield Park (2/5)
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (4/5)
Lock and Key (4/5)
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (3/5)
Seeing Red (4/5)
Beauty (5/5)
Crossed (5/5)
Average:  4/5 stars

And since I've 99% for sure depressed you all with my sorry self, here's something to make you smile again.


  1. Haha I was gonna do that challenge to....(; great pic. I feel bad for that b&n.... That is what it is right? But so funny, Seirra! I'm glad you've found some nice fun reads anyways this year even with all the stressage.

  2. Jenny @ Supernatural SnarkDecember 4, 2012 at 7:12 AM

    I'm a stresser too Sierra! It's why I don't participate in many challenges - I obsess over them and then, like you said, it takes some of the fun out of reading for me. And it's definitely me, not the challenge. I can't help it! Glad you're going to get to read for fun these last few weeks of the year!

  3. jen @ grown in southern groundDecember 4, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    i did several challenges this year but i know i'll only finish two of them. i just like to read what i want!!