Book Bingo Master Post.
On the plus side it helped me discover new authors and generally widen my reading genres somewhat. When I first signed up for it, I imagined I would be able to fit a considerably number of crime books into the challenge, and I could have done so. However, I felt that was a bit too 'easy' and thus didn't do that, but went for new authors and genres that I rarely read. I'm glad I did it that way, because I did discover authors I knew, but had never read and had kind of 'dismissed' as not being my kind of writer or storyline as well as new authors who I wouldn't have come across had it not been for this challenge.
However on the somewhat negative side, it reinforced the reason I tend not to do book challenges. It brought my mild obsessive compulsive side to the forefront, thus the first twenty-five books I read of the year had to be for this challenge. Thus, even though I would have liked to have read the second Cordelia Grey after rereading the first one, I couldn't because I had decided I wouldn't use an author more than once for this challenge. Also, as with anything I start I have this 'need' to finish it and finish it as quickly as I can, which can sometimes detract from the enjoyment of the challenge as it's about completion not the getting there.
That said, overall the positives definitely out-weighed the negatives as although I did at times I did feel 'I must finish this book', it wasn't really in a pressured way. It was more in the 'I want to know what happens' rather than 'I must finish this book so that I can tick another one off'. Plus, discovering new authors was definitely a positive (well apart from the monetary aspect of finding new authors *g*).
Would I do it again? Maybe. I'm not definitely ruling it out, which again shows the positives outweighed the negatives. Nor am I saying I defiantly will do it again, because that would be putting myself under the kind of pressure I don't want nor need. We'll see how I feel at the beginning of next year. I did consider doing the table again, just for 'fun', just for me, just to add a gentle challenge to my reading. However, I have ruled that out as even if I tell myself 'it's just for fun' I'll still be feeling 'the next twenty-five books I read will have to be for the non-challenge challenge'.
The other decision I need to make is whether to go on posting book reviews for the rest of the year or not.
Demon Devine by John Conroe
Plain Murder by C. S. Forester
From the Depths and Other Strange Tales - Edited by Mike Ashley
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloane
Against the Odds by Dick Francis
The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett
Tennis's Strangest Matches by Peter Seddon
Fire in the Thatch by E. C. R. Lorac
Northumberland Folk Tales by Malcolm Green
Swimming Pool Sunday by Madeline Wickham
Aoife's Chariot by Katherine Pathak
Waxwork by Peter Lovesey
The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham
Death in Captivity by Michael Gilbert
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman by P. D. James
Last of the Stanfields by Marc Levy
Craven Manor by Darcy Coates
The Hog's Back Mystery by Freeman Willis Crofts
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Near Death Experience by John Ellsworth
Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon
As the Crow Flies by Damion Boyd
From Doon with Death by Ruth Rendell
A Crown of Snow and Ice by Melanie Cellier
Parker Pyne Investigates by Agatha Christie
And just because I do love stats and I haven't had a chance to use them for quite some time, here are a few stats in relation to the challenge.
First review posted: 29th January 2018
Last review posted: 14th April 2018
New authors: Fifteen
New authors I'll read more of: Six
New authors I might read more of: Six
'Rediscovered' authors I'll return to reading: Three
Crime books: Eleven
Category Substitutions: Two