Sunday, April 9, 2017

Results: Take Control TBR Challenge 2017

Well, the challenge didn't go nearly as well as I'd hoped. I only managed to finish 2 books in March, when my goal was to finish my currently reading pile of 7 books at the beginning of the month. My original post of the challenge was published on March 1st.

The books I planned to read or finish reading were:

  1. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (completed March 4)
  2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (completed March 4)
  3. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness (since completed, but too late for the challenge)
  4. The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien (book club book that of course I didn't finish in time for the discussion)
  5. Rokitansky by Alice Darwin
  6. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
  7. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

The Take Control TBR Challenge is hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer every March. The rules were a little confusing for me at first because she had 2 different posts that looked a little too similar. One was a link up post in January (this is how I learned link up means sign up) and the other was on March 1st explaining the rules. Since I'd only learned about it on March 1st from reading the rules post, I had a hard time figuring things out. Looking back now though it makes sense so I'm not sure why I was so confused. I think part of it was because I was nervous that I was already behind and was rushing and partly because it was an impulsive decision to join. If I had learned about it sooner, I think I would've been prepared and read more.

The rules: read books on your to be read shelf (TBR) that were published before March 1st. They can be audiobooks, e-books, or paperback/hardcopy. Post links to your reviews via Rafflecopter in the rules post to help Kimberly track of your progress. Rafflecopter is an online giveaway platform for websites and bloggers who are running giveaways, which if you're unfamiliar with it, it looks like an advertisement within a post so I was scrolling right past it. You can share links to your reviews from your blog, Goodreads, or elsewhere online. Participation in the Twitter party and/or the 24 hour readathon halfway through the month are helpful in meeting the challenge and getting you points, but are optional. More rules are in the rules post so check it out!

Overall I did like the idea of this challenge, despite not understanding it initially and not completing it. If anything, I learned A LOT as a book blogger, and thank Kimberly for the lessons in lingo. 

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