Confession time today. I want to share why reading challenges don’t work for me. At this time of year, I see lots of bookish challenges cropping up on blogs I love. And my bookish heart wants to support all my blogger friends, and join in all their challenges. But I have to remind myself to hold back. Because for me a challenge becomes a must-do, that’s just how my personality works. And when I make reading a must-do, I inevitably end up digging a book slump for myself.
Why Reading Challenges Don’t Work For Me
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All The Guilt
Somehow even a challenge that is meant to be fun, and motivate you to read more, just doesn’t work for me. Instead all I feel is book guilt if I fall behind, and it makes me watch the numbers too closely. I tend to get too competitive in all areas of my life, and I don’t want books to be another area where I have an eye on a goal post.
I Feel Too Restricted
Instead I want to be free to read as many or as few books as I want. Maybe I want to rip through all my arcs, or sit down and go a binge reread of all my Harry Potter books. Or splurge all my cash on a new series, and ignore all the books on my to-read in favour of new haul. Basically, I want freedom to read what I want, when I want.
My work is dictated my deadlines, and cut off dates. In no way shape or form, do I want deadlines on my reads. Obviously ARCs have publication dates, and I do keep those somewhat in mind. But nothing is set in stone, and my most important question is what book do I feel like reading next. Not what book must I read next.
I Don’t Want My Reading To Be Stressful
Reading is my constant form of stress-relief, and I guard that fiercely. So when I see myself thinking maybe I’ll just join this challenge, I haul myself back. Instead I’ll just keep doing what I’ve always done. Reading and reviewing whatever book catches my eye, with no limits, no wondering if it fits with a challenge.
Does it help me, is it fun for me?
No and No. Enough said!
Before you think I’m knocking reading challenges. I’m not. They just aren’t my thing. Even if I feel I’m missing out on a fun blogging activity, I have to learn from previous experiences. In the long run, they bring me down and I’m preempting that by avoiding them like the plague.
Talk To Trish: Do you join reading challenges? Have they been positive or negative experiences for you?