Hello, book lovers! 💕
So I was inspired by Chelle’s Book Ramblings post about whether or not comics and manga count as reading and the Goodreads challenge to discuss it myself.
A little background: I’ve been reading a lot of comics lately because of Avatar the Last Airbender. I started reading those comics in the middle of last year, and I really enjoyed them (as you might know if you’ve been following my blog for awhile). I also have been slowly reading the One Piece manga series as well. And I’m currently reading the Lumberjanes series by Noelle Stevenson.
This is something that I’ve been thinking about for quite some time considering I partake in the Goodreads challenge pretty much every year. And I know there is some controversy surrounding including them toward the yearly goal.
So without further ado, let’s get onto the discussion!
There are a few people I follow on YouTube who don’t count comics and manga as books read toward their Goodreads challenge. That has always confused me in the sense that they’re reading the books, why not count them as books read?
Which brings me to the discussion at hand.
I understand, for the most part, why people wouldn’t consider comics and manga as books read since those types of books are mostly pictures and don’t take that long to get through. They’re easier to read and you’re able to get through so many of them in one sitting compared to reading an actual novel.
So because they aren’t typical novels, they shouldn’t count right?
No. I don’t think that’s right. You’re still reading, in my opinion, even if there are pictures that go along with it. I feel like, while there aren’t as many words in the story, the pictures add to the reading experience. You’re able to visualize what’s going on in the story (the setting, the plot, the action scenes) while only getting essential dialogue among the characters.
And if Goodreads counts the comic as a book read, then I think it should be count as a book read. Which means it should count toward the end of the year goal for Goodreads. There have been times when I was falling behind in my Goodreads challenge that I had read a few comics or manga to catch up. Because if I’m being completely honest, I don’t think I would be able to read 50 books if some of them weren’t comics or manga.
My takeaway from this is if you’re reading, you’re reading, whether it’s a novel, a comic or manga. Which means it should definitely count towards your reading goal. But at the same time, it’s completely up to you. Nothing is set in stone when it comes to what counts and what doesn’t. If you want it to count, then it should count.
So there you have it. Those were my thoughts on whether or not comics and manga count as reading and should count towards a Goodreads challenge. I know that this post was kind of short, and I didn’t have too much to say about the topic. But it’s been something that I was thinking about for a while now and just wanted to share some of my thoughts on it.
What are your thoughts on this topic? Do you count comics and manga as books on Goodreads? I’d love to chat about this in the comments below!
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