Musing Mondays is a blog event hosted by Should Be Reading every week where readers are asked to answer a question on all things books.
This week’s question is:
Do you have a reading goal for the year, such as __ books? Why or why not?
This is a question that I have a lot to say about. At the start of the year I decided to do the 50 Book Challenge and even put up some posts about it. I was doing very well – I was a 23/50 by the start of May. The thing is, I also wanted to read books that were out of my comfort zone – so I decided to try ‘War and Peace’ by Leo Tolstoy, mainly because I liked ‘Anna Karenina’ when I read it years ago. ‘War and Peace’ is huge and it has super tiny writing – so small that I actually think it could damage the eyes. I didn’t want to fall behind on my progress. In what I can only call a fit of madness, I ear-marked what you would call destination points in the book that I would have to reach while reading other books and in-between other books. Then I think it just hit me that I was taking this too seriously. I remembered how reading used to be – back when I read a wider variety of books and didn’t see them as mountains to climb. I wrote a post about relaxing a bit.
I’m not saying that reading challenges are bad. I think that they have some good points – they make you focus on reading and help you to discover new stuff. I just don’t think that reading challenges suit me anymore. I like to take my time and while I was doing the reading challenge I found that it would become more about numbers for me then the enjoyment I got from reading the books. I admire the people who can stop that line blurring, but I just can’t.