Okay, let’s face it: it’s mid-November and I’ve officially called it quits on my 100 book Goodread’s goal for the year. I’m actually not far off – maybe only about 2 books behind schedule on any given week, but I’m suddenly unmotivated. So know what I did?
(Oh you so KNEW that one was coming)
I can’t be the only one wanting to throw in the towel on THAT NUMBER. We’re in the final few weeks of the year and running low on reading energy. If you’re in the home stretch, KEEP GOING! I’ll be cheering ‘ya on all the way! But if you’re like me and tempted to just be done with it, here are a few VERY valid reasons to just say “no”:
- Sometimes us Bookworms become a tad bit over-obsessed with well, reading, and you forget about other things you ENJOY doing! Personally, I rediscovered reality TV this year. The Bachelor and Dancing with the Stars? My Monday nights = gone. And don’t forget Game of Thrones!
- Book Blogging takes time and sometimes Blogging about books is just more fun than reading them. Anyone else get that min-rush from reviewing stats and playing with SEO? No? Just me? Go figure.
- Suddenly, I realized the goal became about the quantity of books read and not the quality. It’s a slippery slope and it’s easy to feel you’re reading the same book again and again. And know what? Hitting those goal numbers are STRESSFUL! How many of us have pushed through books we’d normally DNF just for that number? Next year I’m going to focus on VARIETY, not just the BIG NUMBER.
- Sometimes, you feel like you’ve read all the books. ‘Nuf said. (P.S. How do you super-readers find 200+ books to read a year? I’m in AWE that you can find so many literary gems)
- Reading can be lonely. Blogging helps. Goodreads helps. I held steady in the 60ish book range for years and rocketed to 115+ in 2016. But it was a lonely experience without a lot of people to celebrate it with. Sometimes you just need something with a little more human interaction. (Also this year, my dog decided he likes my husband more. Reading buddy = gone).
- Somedays, reading just feels like a lot of work. Always remember this is something you do for FUN and ENJOYMENT! I started a new job this year that requires me to Human much harder than I used to. And sometimes reading just felt like another job when I got home in the evenings. PASS!