Hello everyone <3!
For today’s discussion post, I’m going to talk about reading challenges, pro’s and con’s, and my stance on them! This post was inspired by Marie’s post about readathons and other challenges , you should definitely check it out because it’s such a interesting, and well-written post 🙂 .
Before we go onto the discussion, let’s talk about what a reading challenge is.
A reading challenge is basically a challenge in which you try to read the most books possible for a certain read (for instance, to conquer your TBR). These can come in many different forms like
- Readathons – Reading a huge amount of books in X amount of time.
- Bingo – Every time you read a certain book that fits in with the bingo’s topic, you earn a mark. It’s like regular bingo, but with books (soo sorry if my explanation is trashy, I’m not familiar with book bingo 😅)
- Reading Challenge – Just a challenge to read the mist books as possible (like the Goodreads 2017 reading challenge)
- Brings a competitive spirit to everyone – Challenges like Beat the Backlist challenge, can bring a sense of competitiveness to you, and others.
- Actually works – Sometimes a challenge to conquer your TBR, WORKS!
- Spread different types of books – Challenges like, #AsianLitBingo encourage more people to read diverse books, with an Asian character! This can spread awareness, and lead to discoveries of more books. And who doesn’t like a good book?
- Reading!! – Reading Challenges, bookish bingos, readathons are all their to encourage reading! And who doesn’t like reading?
- Too much pressure – Along with a competitive spirit, comes with a lot more pressure. The reason can vary, but it’s mostly because one can’t feel like it can’t get ahead. And too much pressure can also lead to a reading slump, and that is never a good thing.
- Not enough books – Sometimes there are not enough books revolving around the topic your reading challenge. Even the TBR takedown challenges, because you have too have those books on hand. Sometimes that’s not possible. You could go to a library, but for some of us a library is not always there. Buying could be out of the question because money is an issue.
- Not enough time – Time is also another factor in reading challenges. As a student, and a person who has a, *gasp* a social life, I don’t have all the time in the world to read a bunch of books. I know, bibliophile problems ya’ll.
My stance on reading challenges
To be honest, I’m on the no side of these challenges. I find them really time-consuming, and while not a hassle, still a lot of work to do. I know all you have to do is read a book, but there is a time-frame, and WOULD IF I DON’T WANT TO READ THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW!! And then there is sometimes the point system, which I can be too lazy to do.
what’s your opinion on this reading challenges? Would you do it, or are you rather a moody reader (like me)? Have you participated in one before? Do you agree with me? Do you disagree with me?