I have come across many reading challenges my fellow bloggers joining in over the past years. Come January it’s time to hit the reset button and set a reading goal along with participating in a number of reading challenges to help reach the goal. It is a healthy and effective way to participate in a reading challenge to read more books and reach the goal. Challenges definitely bring in a lot of fun to the otherwise solo activities like reading and writing.
I don’t talk much about my reading conquests here. One reason being, I don’t have much to share. I have never participated in any reading challenges yet. It’s only last year I thought of setting a reading goal and all I wanted was to read one book every month, totaling a humble number of 12 at the end of 2018. To my surprise, I read 25 books in total. Now to be fair, 14 of them were Nancy Drew Mysteries which were so easy to read.
My aim was to just read – read at least a page a day. I used to be the person who wouldn’t budge from the seat until I was ready to put the book down. I had got many earfuls from my mom because of this nature as I preferred to hold off eating while I was reading a book. I read Harry Potter during the first year of our marriage, and I used to sneak in reading the book after my husband went to sleep because I just couldn’t put the book down and go to sleep when there were pages waiting to be devoured.
A good book always had my attention than anyone or anything.
Hence, when I had my first baby, I cut down on reading. Well, that’s the sensible thing to do when you care for a little person, right? It’s not fair to be immersed in a book when a tiny baby needs you.
And over time I read fewer books. I did read, but there were days, weeks and months with no book reading. Some years I read as low as one book, while some years I read as high as five books. So, setting 12 as a target last year was to ensure that I indulge in some reading.
Now, for me, the worst part of reading is that it is an endless vortex that sucks me in and never let me go. See, I ended up reading double the target number last year. Once I start reading a book, it’s not easy to come back to the real world. You voracious readers out there know what I mean, don’t you? 🙂
Why I don’t participate in reading challenges
When this year began, I saw so many bloggers sharing their reading goals and reading challenges they are taking part in. But it was a no-brainer for me to NOT to sign up for any of the challenges. Not even the Goodreads reading challenge. I skipped Write Tribe reading challenge, too, despite the tempting prompts.
My reasons are:
- It will make me greedy. I will want to read more and end up doing nothing else.
- I am afraid that I won’t reach the target number, and I will lose faith.
- I don’t believe in numbers, and it extends to reading, too.
- I am not sure that I will be able to have fun reading when I have numbers to keep up with.
- Honestly, I don’t like the idea of a reading challenge because that threatens me.
- Often, I read aloud. I read and imagine. I read and think. I become a character in the book at times, and I don’t like to rush that process. When I read, I enjoy reading as if there is no tomorrow, as if there is no other book. Numbers would thwart my process.
- I am a simple person, and I believe numbers would complicate my reading.
- I don’t want to start comparing myself with others in reading, too. I’m trying to let go of comparisons and achieve inner peace. 😀
- And most importantly, I will forget to keep track of the number of books. Have you any idea how difficult it was to figure out the number of books I read last year? Took me two days to figure that out.
I’m keeping the same reading goal as last year – one book per month. If I read more, that’s nice. If I don’t finish a book one month, that’s good too, as long as I’m enjoying it. There is no pressure, no challenges to race after, and definitely, no trophies awaiting.
That being said, I truly admire those who participate in reading challenges. It takes commitment and dedication to finish one.
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