I have never participated in a reading challenge before, although I am often tempted. I'm not sure why I haven't taken the plunge - I guess I just tend to be ornery about what I read and when I read it. I love that feeling when I've finished a book and get to choose a new one to read next. What do I feel like? Something for kids, adults, science fiction, a graphic novel, a reread of a favorite, a brand-new author? Who knows? It's a book buffet!
I guess that with a part-time job, two kids, graduate school, writing, and a growing obsession with making pottery, when it comes time for books, I don't want to feel stressed or pressured about reading certain books in a particular order. I know, it's supposed to be books I want to read, for fun! But still, making one more commitment in a life that seems at times to be one long string of commitments is too much.
But check this out: I finished Bellezza's Japanese Literature Challenge!
So how, the inquiring reader might want to know, does one finish a challenge without actually committing to participate in it? Well, I kind of went about it backwards. I read the books, and then I sidestepped into the challenge. Plus Bellezza's letting the manga I read count. :-) (Isn't she sweet? It's easy to see why she has a big mwah! on her sidebar.)
So the books I finished are:
Singing Shijimi Clams by Naomi Kojima
Fruits Basket, Vol. 1 by Natsuki Takaya
Deathnote, Vol. 1 by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata
So, now that I've taken the plunge (in a sneaky, sideways sort of way), maybe I'll do another one. Foxy Writer's Mythopoeic Award Challenge is very alluring...