Tuesday, December 23, 2014
History Reading Challenge 2014 Wrap-Up
And this is the one I have failed.
I hate failure. Failure is one of my least-favorite things ever.
I hate not finishing something I start. Bugs me a lot.
But I failed this challenge.
I did read two of the three books I set out to read: Shakespeare's Restless World by Neil MacGregor and Jane Austen's England by Roy and Lesley Adkins. But I'm only 47 pages into A Decent, Orderly Lynching: The Montana Vigilantes by Frederick Allen, and I know I'm not going to finish it before the end of the year.
The reason I failed this challenge is that I had to choose what books I would read right from the get-go, I couldn't read what history I felt like in the moment. I chose Lynching for the third book because it's research I need to do for my next novel, and I figured I would be ready to begin that novel before the end of the year. But I'm not, I'm rewriting the ending of my last novel right now and working on other revisions for it. The time has not been right for me to read Lynching, and I plan to dig back into it in a couple of months. If I had been able to just read whatever history book I felt like reading at the moment for this challenge, I would have been fine.
So what did I learn from this? Don't do challenges that make me keep to a strict, predetermined list. I don't read that way.
I do thank Fanda of Fanda Classiclit for hosting this, as I love history and anything that encourages people to learn about it is a good thing!