Thursday, July 3, 2008

Weekly Geeks #9

It seems as though I've been sitting out most of the Weekly Geeks lately. I did do the one with the catching up on your reviews, but never made it to the wrap-up post. So, this week, with the help of having an extra week, I'm back with a vengeance.

This week's challenge was to organize your challenges, or if you happen to never have joined one, to join one. This was a good one for me because it definitely helped me move some stuff from the "I should do" pile to the "I did" pile.

Now, I can't say that I'm a great fan of challenges (Did anybody just hear that collective gasp from all of book blogdom?). I like the meeting new people and feelings of accomplishment and maybe seeing a new face or few around the old blog, but I loathe overstructuring my reading. It makes it feel like work. Which means, I'm currently a little peeved at myself for acquiring a bit too many free books that come with reviewing commitments attached. Not that I regret a single one, I just need to gear up on some good old fashioned self-discipline, you know, not jumping at every opportunity that comes along even if that book does sound like it maybe might be good and, you know, making an actual concentrated effort to read more instead of uh, looking for more books that I want to read. Oh, it's a vicious cycle here in Booklust Land.

That said, I do indulge in a few challenges here and there and would say that I had a pretty well-rounded week of challenge housekeeping.

I started out by wrapping one up. That would be the Spring Reading Thing which I sort of succeeded and failed at, at the same time. It's my first completed challenge for better or for worse.

I cleaned up my list post - solidified the list a bit and linked my completed reviews - for the Pub '08 Challenge which I'm near to finishing. I just need to read more fiction. Now wait, let's take a moment to let the ridiculosity of that statement sink in. "I need to read more fiction." Ha! My how the reading tables have turned.

Finally, I joined one. I'm hoping this will be one that I can't fail at, because that would be very bad for me indeed. Everybody loves a challenge they're just about guaranteed to succeed at, now, don't they? So, yes, I joined the ARC Reading Challenge, a challenge that I'm sorely in need of. I'm about halfway through one of my selections already, and about a chapter and a half into one of the others, so it seems to be kicking off on a good note. I hope to far exceed my four selections!

That's about it. Like I said, there aren't too many challenges that I've joined for me to organize, but I still think I got a lot out of my week of challenge organization. Thanks, Dewey, for finally getting me off my butt to do some of this stuff that I keep telling myself I'm going to do! =)

On a bit of a side note, I'm wildly excited that my long holiday weekend has begun (the 4th of July should be on a Friday or a Monday every year if you ask me). Looking forward to hanging out with my family, doing a lot of reading, and, of course, getting that Three Cups of Tea review that you've all been waiting for written. Hope the rest of you have a fun/exciting/relaxing weekend as well!


  1. I am soooo glad it's a three-day weekend too. I hope you have a great holiday weekend!


  2. I haven't done any of the Weekly Geeks since the first one. Don't feel bad.

    Enjoy the weekend and holiday!

  3. I agree with you about too many challenges feeling like work. I got in over my head with challenges this year and have given up most of them. Hope you enjoyed your weekend!