… the reading challenge this year.
Before I joined Goodreads, I used to buy a book and read it immediately. After finishing the book, I would buy the next book from the bookstore. I never had an unread book pile on my bookshelf. I would pick up books only because I found the blurb or cover interesting and not because everyone else was reading it.
I tried to analyze why I have such a big pile of unread books on my bookshelf these days and why the quality of books I read has decreased. This year I read 5 books that I did not like.
- Goodreads reading challenges make me read books just for the sake of meeting the target count.
- From Goodreads and other book bloggers, I hear about a happening book that everyone else has read. I read it and then end up getting disappointed.
- I buy tons of books because I want to read all those books that everyone else is reading and then I lose interest in them after few days.
- I go to bookshop sales and library sales and buy books that I never even wanted to read in the first place, just because they are cheap.
- I never read the books that I have already read again since there are so many other books that everyone has read and I haven’t.
This is what I feel is the solution to this problem –
- Get rid of the current unread books pile – either read the books or discard them as you will anyway not read them. If I really was interested in that book, I would have read it as soon as I picked it up and they wouldn’t be lying on my shelf for 4-5 years or so.
- Stop signing up for reading challenges. These challenges make me read those books that I never intended to read in the first place.
- Read for pleasure and not because everyone else read that book.
- Read only books that you are interested in.
- Buy one book, finish reading it and then buy another book. Stop collecting books as they end up occupying space on the bookshelf and make me feel guilty for wasting money.
- Stop torturing yourselves with classics that you read just because they are popular.
- Stop going to book sales and instead buy books that you really want to read when you want to read.
- Read more books from the genre that you love – sci-fi and science, instead of mindless popular genres like YA fantasy.
I have been discarding books that I do not like for quite sometime now. There is no point in keeping books that you did not like with the hopes that you might change your opinion about it sometime in the future. Chances of that happening is remote and I would rather cleanup that space for a book I love.
So this year, I will read as many books I can. I am reading some of my favorites again after a decade or more. I am planning to read more of my old favorites leisurely without worrying about the count.