In the past I’ve observed fellow book bloggers participating in this challenge. I’ve never joined before because I never thought I had enough resolve to stick with it. After all, no new books for three months seemed quite daunting.
But – I really needed something to push me into reading some of those books that have been hanging around for too long. The Triple Dog Dare was just what I needed.
It has been something of a shock to find that I could stick with the challenge. Yes, every single book I’ve read has been in my possession prior to January 1st. Even the debut and/or new novels that came from publishers arrived before the challenge began.
The good part of the challenge is that its made me think seriously about purchasing any new book. I have purchased a few books but, those few were ones I thought I absolutely had to read versus books that would be nice to read.
I’ve only noticed a couple of negative sides to the challenge. One is that I’ve had to say no to some great books for review. But then, I promised myself they would still be available after April 1st. The other negative was that I joined the Newberry Medal Winners Challenge just before the end of the year. I haven’t been able to get and read any of those books. Again I tell myself – after April 1st.
I’m feeling pretty confident about my ability to make it through the month of March. I’m getting caught up on some of my classics such as Jane Eyre and other books on my to-read list. Its made for a very comfy winter reading experience. I may have to put myself on this reading diet again next year. It does seem quite healthy.