Tuesday, February 18, 2014

2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge

My pile/digital library of books to be read and reviewed is gargantuan. Seriously gargantuan.

I never meant for it to get like this. I'm usually a super speedy reader. For me, reading over five books a week is not something new, but something normal. I've read up to fourteen books in one week before. But when I first started this blog and got home from BEA all excited about being a blogger and wanting to read and review every single YA book that ever came out on the planet, I signed up for a LOT of book tours. And I came home with a LOT of ARCs. And then got A LOT MORE digital ARCs. And I'm still getting some ARCs.

And then I got diagnosed with "The Big C" and everything kind of went by the wayside. I was exhausted by appointments with many, many doctors and tests with many, many needles, and didn't have the energy to read, let alone review a book. I couldn't string my thoughts together because I was so overwhelmed.

Plus, the treatment has done this really weird thing to my eyes where they retain a lot of water. Extra tears and water in my eye and in my eyelids. Some days, the prescription in my glasses feels entirely wrong and then other days, it feels fine. Sometimes, I get that sore, achy feeling in them like you get when you've had your eyes dilated by the ophthalmologist/optometrist. 

Gradually, I started to get used to this feeling and am adapting. I definitely need to get my prescription changed, though. So my speedy reading is where it has always been. (I did, however, recently finish Infinite by Jodi Meadows in under 24 hours. Progress!) I've finished about twenty books since my diagnosis, so I have a lot of back reviews to do, but I am still swimming in books to review.

This isn't to say I haven't been reviewing any of them -- I have! I've actively been working on it and requesting less, unless it's a book I just can't wait for and those inevitably get bumped to the top because I'm impatient. But I definitely have a lot to go.

This is the set of criteria as set forth by Rachel and Reanna ...
  • The 2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge runs from January 1st until December 31st, 2014
  • Sign-ups will remain open until December 31st, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific
  • Grab one of the buttons to show off your participation! Parajunkee did a great job with them!
  • You DO NOT have to have a blog to join this challenge. You just need to have some books received for review and a place online to review them
  • Create a sign-up post announcing your intention to participate and link up below. If you do not have a blog, you can link up to your Goodreads profile that shows your 2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge shelf
  • Please link back to the hosts in your sign-up posts
  • This challenge is to help clear up books you’ve received for review. Any format, or any length, as long as you received the book specifically for review, is allowed
  • There will be a kick-off post on January 1, 2014 at both Fiktshun and Phantasmic Reads where you’ll be able to leave your links for any January reviews. (No 2013 reviews.) At the beginning of every month, starting in February, these posts will alternate between both blogs. (See schedule below)
  • If you forgot to leave your review link in the challenge month in which you reviewed the book or the linky list closed before you had a chance to leave it, you can leave it in a future month. (No duplicates.)
  • There will also be monthly giveaways – make sure you check in each month!
  • Use the hashtag #RPRC2014 to share your progress and connect with other participants on Twitter
I'm super pumped about this! I have so many ARCs I'm excited to read and I think this is a great way to motivate myself to stay on top of them -- the idea for the challenge is brilliant!

They've set several different goal levels for the challenge. In your sign-up post, you're supposed to pick one. Throughout the challenge, you can move up, but you can't move down. Here are the levels ...
1-10 – Apprentice
11-20 – Journeyman
21-30 – Master

31-40 – Grand Master
40+ – Adept
My goal level, as I've indicated above, is going to be Grand Master. 

I certainly have the ARCs for it, and I'll be going to BEA, ALA, and SDCC, so I know I'll have more. My sister lives in San Diego, and I'm hoping to visit her in a couple weeks to get away from the Michigan tundra and at least once more this year and I always read a LOT on vacation. I think this is totally doable for me. But I'm hoping that I may move up to the 40+ Adept level. I've ready twice that amount of books in a year before, so it's certainly possible.

Do you have a lot of ARCs to review? Maybe you should sign up too ... :)


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