For those of you who don't know me, I am very competitive. Always trying to win or convince people that my way is the right way. Whew, I feel I finally purged that demon. I am sure my therapist would be proud. I hope I don't have to pay extra for that.
It all start when I was invited to a reader's forum, a place where we could share book recommendations and talk about books, new authors, new genres that I wasn't familiar with. One day I went to the site and low and behold, they posted a Reading Book Challenge.
There is NO WAY I would miss this challenge, even though I had a heavy workload. I couldn't guarantee that I would be able to complete the challenge. But a challenge is a challenge.
With this challenge and the others that followed, this was a turning point for me. It opened me up to different authors or genres, I would have ignored.
Let me give you an example, I was a die hard contempary romance reader, ok maybe some thriller/crime stories. One month the challenge was to read a Paranormal book. Oh my, now that was really outside the box for me. Who was I going to read? One of the posters recommended Kresley Cole- Immortals after Dark series. Talk about surprised, I immediately fell in love with the author and her writing. I couldn't put the series down, I read one after another, in what I may say record timing... Now, I am patiently waiting for the next release Lothaire.
The next month the challenge was Historical Romance, oh come on now, do people really read those books. Call me embarrassed.. Again, I fell in LOVE, this time it was with Julia Quinn and the Bridgerton series.
If it wasn't for this wonderful forum, and the challenges, I would have never known these great authors or their work.
If I can offer one word of advice, if you haven't read any Historical Romance, pick up a book, you may fall in love just like I did.
For those wondering, most months I am able to met the challenges, some I got so hooked with finishing up a series ( did I forget to mention I have OCD, if I start a series I have to read them from start to finish or at least I try) I don't have time to finish the other book challenges.