The Goodreads Challenge? | why I still participate!

goodreads challenge 17 mar 1So I recently saw this blog post where Yaiza discusses why they choose to stop doing the Goodreads challenge. Being in the same uni year as them (and, in fact, at the same university), I completely understand the reasoning behind wanting to stop participating in the Goodreads challenge – I was discussing it with my friend Natalie the other day, actually.

But in the post, I want to talk about why I am continuing on with the Goodreads challenge, even though I am technically behind schedule!

My challenge is set at 100 books for the whole year (which works out at just under 2 books a week) and, having just checked, I can see that I am 2 books behind schedule, although I have still read 18 books this year.

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Before, this might have stressed me out because I want to be above and beyond my challenge, but now I’m kind of nonchalant. If I didn’t have Goodreads, I probably wouldn’t be too bothered about it. But why am I so keen to keep my challenge?

The main reason is because it helps me to keep track, not only of what I’ve read in a given year, but how many books I’ve read; this isn’t shown anywhere else on Goodreads, and sometimes I have trouble keeping up myself. This year, I started keeping a jar wherein I put £1 every time I finish a book, and having the Goodreads challenge to keep track of how many books I’ve read is so helpful!

I’ve been on Goodreads since 2013, and clicking on my reading challenges is much more helpful to see what I read in those years (especially since the reread function was added) than having to scroll back and find out for myself exactly what I’ve read.

Comparatively to others, I don’t feel the element of competition anymore. I’ve gotten really good at not caring what others think, and when I see someone updating their challenge, I just feel happy for them rather than a sense of deprivation to myself. And whilst I agree that there is a “quantity of quality” sense, I don’t always believe that too be true. Yes, sometimes I read graphic novels or short books or poetry books to boost my number read list, but whatever I read I read because want to (except perhaps some university books!). Just because I read graphic novels, and yes perhaps I can read 10 whereas I might only be reading 1 full-length novel, doesn’t make them any less quality!

I enjoy using Goodreads to keep track of what I’m reading, and it just makes it fun for me! I completely understand that it’s not for everyone, but I’m super interested to see what you think – do you continue with your challenge? Did you never start a challenge? Are you interested in starting one? Let me know in the comments below!

Until the next time,

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9 thoughts on “The Goodreads Challenge? | why I still participate!

  1. Such a great post! I have to agree that I don’t see the Goodreads challenge as a challenge but rather a way to tally the books I read over the year. Although I didn’t start actively using it until last year, it’s been great to know how many books I’ve read. Currently, I’m ahead of schedule, but anything can happen.

    1. Yes i definitely love it to look back at what I’ve read. And indeed it can aha! I do like seeing how “ahead” or “behind” of schedule I am too, that is quite helpful if a little stressful 🙂

  2. I love this! And I agree, I also have my Goodreads challenge set up but I’m not really *caring* about it in the sense that I compare myself to others. It’s more of an easy way for myself to keep track of what I read. I have mine set to 52 books and I’ve currently read 14 books, but even if I don’t make it to that number and I – for example – end up reading 30 books, that’s still 30 books I’ve read! And without a challenge, I might’ve read only half of that. That’s why I keep mine!

  3. I’m totally with you on this! I made my Goodreads account fairly recently, actually (in February if I remember correctly) so I was already way behind schedule when I started the challenge. But I don’t mind — I just like using it to keep track of how many books I read, like you mentioned. It’s a lot less stressful that way 🙂

    1. Yeah, it’s easier to do it all on your phone via an app than just in a notebook. I travel a fair bit, so just having GR to keep log is helpful because I can access it on the internet! I track my reading in a log too but having it online is helpful 🙂

  4. I love your post! I totally agree that we shouldn’t care what others think, and I am on the right track there haha I agree that the challenge is just a nice way to keep track of what one reads on the year, and at the end, I feel certain satisfaction with the summary of the year! I don’t like to put too much pressure on me! Reading is supposed to be fun, not an obligated-competition to prove how bad ass you are… -_- haha

    1. Yes I love seeing how many books I’ve read at the end of the year, which ones I loved etc! The reading surveys goodreads does are really interesting 🙂 Yeah, I don’t get the whole competition aspect of reading to me… it’s such a personal endeavour! Thanks for stopping by, I’ll make sure to check out your blog post 🙂

      1. Thank you for checking it out! Totally, it is something personal but just enjoy the ride, I mean it XD last year, the summary of the… well year… haha I loved it!!!

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