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