An update on my current reading goal and how it’s changed my thoughts on them.
I had managed to read 50 books during 2020 and I wanted to achieve the same in 2021, despite key changes in my life, including full-time work and a part-time MA, leaving me far busier than I had been in 2020.
To track my reading I use Storygraph, which I wrote a previous blog post on here. I set my official goal at 45 books but in my mind I still wanted to read 50.
I wanted to challenged myself to read as much as possible this year so I decided to set a high goal for myself even if I didn’t meet it.
Why not? It’s not as though there’d be any real consequences from not meeting my goal.
I am 2 books behind my goal. And I am frustrated.
I desperately want to meet that goal of 45 (50) books this year but I just don’t think I can.
I am working, studying and I have chronic health issues so I just don’t have as much time to read anymore. And that’s fine.
I don’t need an arbitrary number hanging over my head, creating another item on my to-do list.
Reading is one of my favourite hobbies, so why am I turning it into a goal-driven task? I am putting more pressure on myself for not doing something that I enjoy because I am so busy with everything else.
Sometimes I just want to watch TV because I am knackered and there’s nothing wrong with that.
So screw the reading goals!
I am going to try to forget about how many books I’ve read but I am also going to keep tracking what I read.
I really like being able to look back on the types of books I’ve over a year and when I read more or less. I like being able to see trends in genres I read or whether I like long or short books (it’s actually medium for anyone wondering).
But I am going to let go of the pressure to read as much as possible and to always be reading more.
It doesn’t matter if I read 20 books in a year of 50 books in a year. What matters is that I enjoy reading.
So screw reading goals! (but also add me on Storygraph: my_literary_life)