I love to read and to talk about books. I review many of the books I read. I do not accept any author/publisher submissions for reviews. I do not read or review ARCs. I do not enter any giveaways or contests. I obtain the books I review by purchasing them at the same price they are offered to the general public at the time of purchase. My reviews are intended for the use of my fellow readers. They are not advertising or promotion. They are not beta reads or constructive criticism or editing or advice to the author. My only obligation to the author is to pay the price charged for the book at the time of purchase. My reviews are sometimes critical and I will not stop posting critical reviews just to spare delicate authors' feelings. I am happy to make new friends, but friend requests from authors or promoters who have few or no books (and/or friends) in common with me and write or promote categories I do not read (especially new adult) will be ignored. I used to read more self-published books. After recent meltdowns by self-published authors, I now only read self-published authors I've previously read or who have been recommended to me by fellow readers I trust. I also used to read young adult/new adult books but rarely do so now.
I've been experiencing some embarrassment while I've tried to come up with an answer for today's challenge as I really could not think of any books that fit. I concluded I must not be challenging myself at all. I've been pretty unhappy with myself over that. But I also have a lot of books from different sides of issues including some real hot button stuff and I feel like I am open to new ideas. So tonight I tried to figure out what I'm doing and I think I did.
I believe I've mentioned before that I tend to read in phases. Usually I become interested in a subject or genre I haven't read previously and I immerse myself in it. As a result, I don't often have an opinion to be changed when I start out. Instead I read as many different authors or experts as I can for that subject or genre and gradually form my opinion. And then once I'm satisfied, I move on to a new subject. I almost never go back to a subject once I'm "done" with it. So I do think I challenge myself in a way, but it would certainly be good for me to subject my opinions to new information and some scrutiny.
I have 10 bookshelves double stacked with books plus more e-books than I will admit to (but I am approaching a 5th decimal place though of course I haven't read most of them) and then there have been many library books and books borrowed from friends and books I once owned and gave away.
I cannot think of a single book that changed my opinion on any matter that wasn't trivial. And every single book I have read has contributed to my opinion on something. So I am going to wimp out and pass on this. And maybe return to a few of my previous phases and see if there are some new books that will challenge and maybe even change some of my old opinions.