Hello, book lovers! 💕
We’re at the point in the year where you’re either way ahead in your Goodreads goals or scrambling to catch up before the end of December. I’ve been participating in the Goodreads Reading Challenge for the last few years, and this year is no different.
I usually start my challenge off by setting it to 50 books. Though the last couple years I’ve had to increase it halfway through the year because I would be 10 books ahead of schedule. But that’s probably because of how many graphic novels and manga I read.
But what I like about the Goodreads challenge is that I’m able to keep track of the books that I read throughout the year. Especially when I’m writing reviews for the books that I read. I’m able to keep track of the star ratings and when I finish a book and how long it takes me to read it.
I also keep track of it in my bullet journal, but it’s more convenient on Goodreads because I have it right on my phone. And I always have my phone with me at all times pretty much.
But the Goodreads challenge is also a lot a lot of pressure in terms of how many books you’ve read in a year. I’ve seen so many people set their goals to 100 or 150 books. I get that some people are able to read that much in a year, but to me, it just seems like a lot to try to attain. But then again, it all depends on the person and the type of reader they are. I’m a pretty slow reader unless I listen to audiobooks or read manga or graphic novels. So reading 50 books is attainable for me. I’ve actually surpassed that the last couple years.
This year, I changed my Goodreads goal from 50 to 65 halfway through the year because I almost reached the goal. And I’ll most likely be able to reach that by the end of December because I plan on reading a bunch of comics these next couple months.
But something that I’m not always a fan of with the Goodreads challenge is the fact that it sometimes takes away the fun of reading. Sometimes, I’m so caught up in trying to reach the goal of 50 books that I don’t enjoy the books I read. I speed through them so fast sometimes just to mark it off as another book read. Which is probably why I’m so hard on myself with the speed at which I read.
Like I said, I’m a slower reader. So lately it’s been taking me a week or so to finish a 350 page book that used to take me a few days. And there’s nothing wrong with that, but I have this hold over myself that I need to read a certain amount of books a month in order to reach my goal of 50 books. I know I don’t have to participate in the challenge; it’d take the pressure off myself to read a certain amount of books. I know I could lower the number of books I want to read.
But there’s something satisfying in saying that I read 50 books in a year (or more than that). And I’m kind of competitive with myself in that I want to challenge myself to read as much as I can. But then again, I should probably make that challenge to be to read more diverse books or a variety of genres or books that are out of my comfort zone.
Anyway, I enjoy participating in the Goodreads challenge each year. I like being able to see how many books I can read in a year. Even if I can’t always each the goal of 50 books. It’s supposed to be fun. And a way I can keep track of the books I read. Which in most cases, it is.
So there you have it. Do you participate in the Goodreads challenge? If so, how many books do you set your goal as? Are you on track with your reading this year? I’d love to discuss this in the comments below!
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