Competitive Book Reading

Competitive book reading

The above linked article tells about how reading challenges have changed the way people read. It claims that the challenges add a layer of guilt if you aren’t reading “fast enough” or reading “all of the books available.” I disagree with it. Yes, I get pushed along with my reading when I am working on a challenge, but if I don’t meet the challenge, I don’t feel guilty. I am only competing with myself. I read for enjoyment. I do keep track of my books, but mostly just to see where I am. I will mark my pages on goodreads, and I will mark and review my finished books. For my own knowledge, not to make anyone else feel bad or good.

It is an interesting article, though. It gave me something to think about.

70/100 completed

Thankfully, I got an early start on my reading goal of this year. I am currently ahead of schedule with my reading, but it’s because I started out strong.

When I got sick earlier this year, I didn’t feel like reading at all. That’s how everyone knew I was really sick. All I wanted to do was sleep and hope that I could breathe again.

I hadn’t really gotten back on track before we shut down and then I was so overwhelmed that I just didn’t feel like reading. I know a lot of people felt the same way.

I recently started reading again, so I’m feeling better about it. It looks like I might reach my goal this year. With more than six months left, I have only 30% of the books to finish. As always, this is just a goal for me. No competing, no stressing.

You’re on track

I track my books on Goodreads. When I finish a book, it all automatically counts it toward the year I completed the book.

When I am working on my annual challenge, it’s nice to log in and see “You’re on Track” or “You’re (#) books ahead.” It also tells me when I’m behind, but I try hard to not get there.

Yesterday, on day 1 of the year, the website was down for part of the day. I was happy that it told me that I am on track. Positive reinforcement!

I did make progress on several books, but I can not update them yet. I will get a chance in the next day or two, if the website is fixed by then.

3 star reviews

I have finally come to realize that not all books deserve a five star review. The rating system on Goodreads is 1-5, with 1 being hated it, and 5 being loved it. A 3 review is just ok.

I used to rate the books as 5 if I liked them. Then, I read an ARC that wasn’t my typical genre and I wasn’t thrilled with it. The book was written well enough, but just wasn’t to my liking. I couldn’t give it a 5 star rating because I really didn’t love it. There was nothing really wrong with the book itself, but it just didn’t speak to me. In the ARC instructions, it is requested that we email the author before giving a poor rating. I realized that a 3 star review isn’t really a poor rating, and it was honest. I got a thank you message from the author for the review. I didn’t feel like I could be fair to the author, since it’s the genre and not the writing that I disliked. I decided that I would no longer read her ARCs, but I sent her a friend of mine who loves that genre and the friend will read the ARC in the future. Problem solved.

I am not feeling guilty about giving less than 5 stars. I do think a long time before giving a 1 or 2 star rating, though. What didn’t I love about the book? If the answer is, “it wasn’t my style,” I give it a higher rating. And, yes, I have given 1 & 2 star ratings, but they are well thought out and I always write about why I disliked it. I feel like I’m being fair to the author.

Being approached to read

I was asked again to read and review a book.  I would be getting the book for free.  Great!  This time, it was from a publisher, not the author.

I got the message through Goodreads at 3pm yesterday, but didn’t get to reply until 8pm.  I got the response at around 1am, asking for a response.  I didn’t get the message until around 6am.  By then, the message had disappeared.

Oh, well.  Hopefully, they’ll reach out again.  I really wanted to read that book.  I was excited.

Goodreads message from Keanu

I got a message from Keanu Reeves on Goodreads.    He first asked me how old I am.  I refused to answer that one.  Then “I’m Keanu Charles Reeves is a Canadian-American actor and musician… wish to know you as a friend if you don’t mind are you married or single, what is your religion, what you do for a living…”  I informed him that I don’t discuss religion.

“i just opened this to chat only my fans and make sure there are all safe if you don’t mind us being friends, because I believe friendship is about sharing ideas and experiences with each other. Hope am safe chatting with you? So have you washed my movies?”

I informed him that I had watched Keanu Reeves movies, but I had no idea who I was talking to.  “I’m Keanu Charles Reeves, i just opened this to chat only my fans and make sure there are all safe if you don’t mind us being friends only if you are my fans…”

I assured him that I am fine, and maybe he should check on some of his other “fans.”

I love messing with trolls.

More Than Halfway Through

This morning, I finished book 38 of my annual goal of 75 books.  I am 7 books ahead of schedule.  It gives me a little wiggle room to fall behind a bit, but I think I am doing ok.  Between my own challenges, ARC reading for authors, and bookclubs, I am staying on track with most of my deadlines.  I may have to change my goal if I get close to finishing before anticipated.