The article linked above talks about the stress of the annual challenge on Goodreads. I understand what the author is going through. A couple of years ago, I knew I wasn’t going to meet my challenge, so I started stressing about it. I would hide away and read every moment I could. Finally, during one of my rants, I had someone tell me, “What will happen if you don’t meet your challenge?” Well, honestly, nothing. Other than feeling disappointment in myself, nothing would happen if I missed my goal. Life got in the way that year. There wasn’t anything I could do about it. Reading should be enjoyable, not stressful.
I do disagree with the author in that I don’t think that audiobooks are cheating, as she claims. When I make my goal for the year, I set it with all books in mind. Audiobooks are part of my count. So are children’s books. Now, I am not going to read the children’s books just to up my count. I am reading them because I hadn’t read them before. Audiobooks are counted since I finish one every two or three weeks. I only listen to them in the car, so my time is limited to times that I am in the car alone.
I also disagree with the author because rereads count in the challenge. Whenever you mark a book as read, as long as you put the date in as a date that is within the challenge time, it counts.
I don’t judge the author for quitting. If something is stressing you out, and you can change that something, change it. If that means quitting a self-imposed challenge, quit it. Do what you need to do to make your life less stressful.