I’m very competitive. I don’t always like to admit it, but it’s true. I see a challenge and I have to do it. Reading is always one of these things that I love to do, without any limitations or restrictions. So it seems a bit weird that I’d subjugate that to a reading challenge, right?
Like I said, I can’t resist. But in the Goodreads reading challenge it’s not really a matter of winning or losing. I see it more of as a goal, not something I must beat (the last 2 years are of evidence to this). I’ve “challenged” myself to try and read 100 books this year. With studies, exams, and general life, 100 books is a pretty decent amount to aim towards.
The challenge is a good way to keep track of what you’re reading (Goodreads is a good place for that anyway) but it also helps keep you on track and focused. While sometimes I admit, being behind on my schedule has caused me some mild stress and put me off reading, it also has encouraged me to continue on (this sounds really deep, doesn’t it?).
The Goodreads reading challenge might not be for everyone but it works for me. Also you don’t have to stick with one solid reading goal, you can always change it. Change it to make the amount smaller, or larger, depending on how you feel it’s going for you. And that’s awesome. It also creates a nice community as you’re able to see and share your progress with others.
Also, I must add that adding one book to your reading challenge is a great feeling. As of right now I’ve read 34 books, meaning only 66 more left to go. (It really is a great feeling, trust me).
So if any of you are participating in this years Goodreads reading challenge, I wish you the best of luck! I hope you meet all your reading goals and more. If you are participating, how many books have you read and what is your goal?
For those of you who aren’t, are you participating in any other challenges or have any other goals?