I was sitting around the other day and thinking about the ways to shake up my reading routine. On one hand I love challenges, but never do all that well with deadlines or reading tons in one year. I am not a person who has enough time to participate in such fun blogging events like readathons, and I am not a speed-reader. What I do like is a feeling of an accomplishment (who doesn’t?). My favorite part of using Kobo, for example, is all kinds of achievements I can receive for reading; trying to collect them all became a goal of its own in a way. On top of that, I have a passion for designing and tweaking things in Photoshop. If you haven’t already guessed where I am going with this, I would like to introduce a reward system to this blog.
Instead of waiting for somebody to pat me on the back and appreciate all the hard work I put into this project, I am going to appreciate myself in a form of awarding the blog a badge. There could be countless reasons to celebrate small achievements, like finishing a series, or reading the entire bibliography of an author. If I want to read 3 horror novels before Halloween and eventually succeed, why not celebrate with a little button? Many bloggers would say that there are group challenges for that, but like I mentioned before, I cannot commit myself to a deadline. When I finish, there is going to be a badge waiting for me in the end.
For my very first project, I am aiming to read five books by Haruki Murakami. Well, I cheated a little bit, because I am right now on my fifth book! Nevertheless, once it is done I can move on to a higher level of reward by reading five more books, and so on and so forth. I have a few more projects in mind, but it is not time to reveal them just yet. This particular badge is depicting a cat, because like many of Murakami’s fans know, he features these animals in a lot of his books. Whenever it is awarded, it will be displayed above in one of the pages. There are no deadlines and no restrictions, just plain old fun! Isn’t it exciting? I can already feel my reading senses tingling!