Hey everyone! So I’ve noticed that a lot of readers, especially those who also have blogs, participate in book challenges and have ‘reading goals’. While I have actually set a reading goal on Goodreads (I believe it’s set at 10 books, counting each of the 90 page Green Mile books by Stephen King – which on their own total 6 books), I’m not a huge fan and believer of setting reading goals or participating in book challenges.
Don’t get me wrong, I find doing reading challenges quite commendable and I respect the people who participate. However for me, reading should be something that you do without feeling pressure to complete a certain amount of books in a certain amount of time. I think it’s great to want to read more and to set some goals, but sometimes I think that, for me at least, participating in a book challenge would take away the fun of reading.
I’m the kind of person that likes to pick up a book when I feel like reading – without pressure or feeling like I’m in some sort of race or contest. To be honest, I’ve never really loved having to read certain books for school (probably because they were mostly classics which I’ve never really been into!). I’ve never really liked being told that I have a week or even a month to read something – it just makes reading seem like such a chore!
I’m writing this post not as a judgement, but rather more of just a rambling session! Plus, I’ve noticed that a lot of people seem to be into reading challenges and setting HUGE reading goals. Maybe I just don’t read as much as I should, but it feels like people put a lot of unnecessary pressure on themselves to do something that should be fun!
What do you guys think? Are you a fan of reading challenges? Reading goals? Why or why not?