Monday, September 28, 2015

Discussion Question Monday: Reading Challenges

Hello, and welcome to Discussion Question Monday! Today's question is: Are reading challenges/goals helping or hurting readers?

I am failing at my Goodreads Reading Challenge for this year. BADLY. I'm 57% through, and it's SEPTEMBER. That's depressing. I'm going to lower it. That's even more depressing!

I can't be the only one that gets behind on a reading challenge and gets really discouraged by it. To me at least, reading challenges are supposed to encourage you to read more, but I think many people just give up on it. They lose their motivation to read.

Some people set unrealistic goals for themselves, or they underestimate how much time high school will take away from them (me).

At the same time, though, passing your reading challenge 3/4 of the way through the year feels AMAZING. So I defiantly recommend having a reading challenge, but be careful about the number at which you set it.

Do you think you can read 70 books in a year? Set it at 60. Think you can read 30? Set it at 20. If you set it a bit lower than your realistic expectations, then you won't be upset at the end of the year if you end up not being able to read that much.

If you do happen to be able to read even more than your reading challenge, then that's great! It'll get you to read even more for the rest of the year.

In conclusion, reading challenges can both hurt and help us, so be careful how much you push yourself! Don't force yourself to read more than you have time for, and even if you don't finish you're challenge this year, just try again next year!

What do you think? Do you get discouraged or stressed when you're behind on your reading challenge? Do you set it lower than you think you'll be able to read? Higher? Leave me a comment down below! :)

Thanks for reading, and good luck on your challenges! :)

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