[Cam’s Bookish Tales] READING ACHIEVEMENTS TO BE PROUD OF (NO, NOT YOUR GOODREADS CHALLENGE)

Let’s talk about reading achievements that isn’t a Goodreads challenge or a Readathon. There’s nothing particularly wrong with either but, truth be told, not of all of us have the time to invest in exhaustive challenges. So when the end of the year comes cruising down the corner, we’re suddenly beating ourselves up over not being enough of a bookworm.

The bookish community is very supportive of our reading goals but, being the humans that we are, we tend to get competitive and compare our reading achievements to others. Unfortunately, we’re so taken over by the idea that a reading achievement is about the quantity of books. But what if it’s not? What if you could count your reading achievements based on quality rather than quantity?

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OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE  

This can mean many things, whether you choose to pick up a new genre, a new author, a recommended book, or a not-so-popular book. However you chose to stray from the path, let it be celebrated. Even if you didn’t enjoy the book, I believe it’s something you can still call a win! Why? Because you took a risk.

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SENDING THE AUTHOR SOME LOVE

We shout praises for our favourite books on various social media platforms, but it’s not often that we approach the author directly. I get that some of us feel awkward doing so and may even worry about coming off as creepy, but believe me when I say authors love receiving letters of adoration. It doesn’t just inspire them but it also  gives them the confidence in their writing.

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SOCIAL MEDIA BAN

This is probably more for me than you. I find that I tend to spend more time on social media than actually reading a book. I promise myself five minutes on Instagram which turns into an hour. I find it a beneficial task to limit the time I spend on social media to pay more attention to my reading goals.

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SUPPORTING AUTHORS BY BUYING THEIR BOOKS

This is not something everyone can do but if you can, I’d recommend it. Whether you buy the finished copy for yourself or a friend, if it’s within your means, or donating one to a nearby library or school, this small act of support to an author helps garner them more readers.

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PARTICIPATING IN A BINGO READING CHALLENGE

I only recently discovered Bingo Reading challenges and while I haven’t joined any, I think they’d be extremely fun to participate in! If you have any favourites or any upcoming challenges, comment them down below so I can check them out!

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DOWNSIZING YOUR BACKLOGGED BOOKS

What do you do with the books you’re no longer interested in? If you’re like me, you’d convince yourself that you’re going to read them eventually so let them just sit a while. Honestly, I find it a waste of space to keep books that I know I’m not going to read, ever. Books that I’ve read and didn’t enjoy or won’t read again. After reading Krysta’s post about limiting the number of books she owns, it got me thinking about my own book collection. What’s the point of me keeping all these books when I can simply donate it to those who need them more?

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READING DIVERSE

By diverse, I don’t just mean to read more books by people of colour. Instead, consider a bit more specific challenge like reading about an unfamiliar culture, with a religious theme, a translated book – include both fiction and non-fiction books. Either way, diverse books help us broaden our perspective of the world and you never know what you might come across that will change you. For some, a diverse read can be an uncomfortable experience for the themes it addresses and even points at the indifference of our own privelege, this is why I consider it important to include such books in our TBRs.

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USE YOUR READING EXPERIENCE TO BECOME SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS

While reading for pleasure is important to our own emotional health, reading for education is just as important. Books are a doorway to help us understand issues plaguing our world. Whether it’s racism, homophobia, religious violence, ableism, sexual abuse, and so on, be conscious of the books and authors you pick. Understand that as a bookworm and book blogger, our choices lay the bricks for the publishing industry.

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What’s one bookish achievement you’re proud of this year? What’s one resolutions you want to achieve?

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20 thoughts on “[Cam’s Bookish Tales] READING ACHIEVEMENTS TO BE PROUD OF (NO, NOT YOUR GOODREADS CHALLENGE)

  1. Great post, Camillea! I guess I have never emailed an author directly appreciating their good work. Now I surely want to do. Thanks for making me realize it 🙂
    I am trying to read more diverse books too and you are right. The diverse book does not just mean the books written by POC. There is much more to it.
    I really want to read more books about my local Indian literature. There are really some good gems that I should read 🙂

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  2. I love this!! My general goal for this year is just to read MORE in general, which I know goes a bit against what you were saying, but for the past few years, I was lucky if I picked up one book a month. I realized how much I missed it, and I wanted to make it a priority for 2018. I’m not competing or going after some huge 100+ goal. I don’t really care how MANY books I read, simply that I read at all. So far for this year, I’m on book 8, and I’m pretty happy with that 🙂

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  3. Thats so true about quality over quantity. I participate in the goodreads challenge, but I “cheated” last year by reading a bunch of children’s books to reach my goal. Haha it made me realize that counting books isn’t perfect because books come in all different shapes and sizes!

    I really like your idea of “Use your reading experience to become socially conscious” I like to think that I am socially conscious, but when I read “Wonder” I realized I have done things, thinking I was behaving correctly, that could actually be hurting other people! It was an eye opener.

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  4. Oh this is such an interesting post, Cam, and you’re so right, we should and have to be proud of our reading accomplishments outside of numbers – reading diversely, reading outside of our comfort zone and so on. That’s definitely somethin I’m trying to do more and more, as much as I can, as well as supporting the authors by buying their books when I can afford it 🙂 x

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  5. Love all these! We should definitely be proud of ourselves for the small achievements we make in books. It really CAN be about quality over quantity. I’m trying to read more diverse books, and I want to read more translated works because there are some amazing ones out there.

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  6. I honestly just went through this period that’s called “the first months of blogging and suddenly wanting all the books” that caused me to.. well, buy all the books that seemed even remotely interesting. I’m FINALLY getting rid of that urge and, instead, I’m starting to buy finished copies of the eARC’s I loved. It honestly feels so good to hold the physical book and realize that this is my perfect way of supporting the author.

    Apart from that, I did set myself yearly goals / challenges, but I also do monthly ones and each one is completely different. Even if I don’t make my yearly ones, honestly.. I’m already happy that I’m keeping up my monthly goals and that people join in on them. That means so much more to me than being able to say I read the x books I wanted to read during the year. 🙂

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  7. I’ve been accomplishing a lot of bookish stuff this year! I’ve sent out letters of appreciations to authors, supported them by buying books and participated in a couple of readathon so it’s been a productive year so far 😀

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  8. This is just fantastic Cam! WTG!

    I couldn’t agree more about us humans tending to be competitive and always comparing!

    Talking about stepping out of you comfort some since I’m very shy in February I decided I was going to be asocial butterfly and one of the things I did was to I spread some love to may favorite authors and I did get to talk to them one on one and it was awesome! And yes for reading diverse and becoming more socially conscious! always! That’s actually the focus of my blog 🙂 Great post Cam!

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