I have been working my way through my 2018 Reading Challenge, and was doing well enough to be a few books ahead of schedule. Since summer began, however, I have slipped into reading anything but what’s on my list.
There are a number of reasons for this. One, it’s summer, I should be able to read whatever I want and not be locked into a rigid list. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still excited about the remaining books on my list, but I chose these books months ago. Summer is the time for adventure and discovery, and reading should be a part of that. I’ve found some great books I may have missed out on by sticking to my list.
A second reason is that I’ve allowed myself to get distracted with a few book series. It started when I read The Wrath and the Dawn, by Renee Ahdieh, from my challenge list. I wanted to pick up the next book of the series immediately, but couldn’t get my hands on a copy right away. This led me to pick up a book at the library that I’ve wanted to read for some time – Something Strange and Deadly, by Susan Dennard. When that wasn’t immediately available, I picked up something else – The Raven Boys, by Maggie Stiefvater. So now I find myself embroiled in three different series that were not on my reading challenge list.
One other reason I’ve veered off course is that I’ve joined a group on Goodreads that selects one fantasy book and one science fiction book each month to read and discuss together. They also occasionally have a series read. They’ve recently started Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings series and I decided to join in. I’ve wanted to read Robin Hobb’s books for a long time, so I couldn’t resist jumping on board with this. I’ve only read the first one so far, and I’m not sorry I picked this up.
I can’t be unhappy about my reading distractions. They have all been really fun discoveries. But as we wind back down into Fall, it is time to return to the challenge list and complete what I’ve already set out to complete. Besides, a list full of names like Ursula LeGuin, Tanya Huff, Sylvia Plath, Octavia Butler, Amy Tan, Anne McCaffrey and Margaret Atwood, I think I’ve got some great adventures still ahead of me.