Growing up, I was always the kid who finished reading first. I was a speed reader, and could tell you exactly where on a page a phrase would be. And as I’ve gotten older (I feel ancient, I swear), my attention span has all but disappeared.
Enter: reading challenges!
I signed up to take part in a MASSIVE, hardcore reading challenge on Goodreads. I thought it would make me devote time to reading, that I’d get shit done.
I was totally wrong. It stressed me out. I was getting anxious about making sure I powered through at least 200 pages a day. I was getting so burned out on reading that I was purposefully finding ways to not read.
Do you know how hard that is as a librarian?! I was watching trash tv that I’d never bothered to sit down for before. (Don’t get me wrong, librarians never have time to read at work. Ever. I’m honestly staring down this mountain of books to weed as I write this.)
But now I’m trying to figure out: was it the challenges making me feel exhausted? Was it the timing, as I’ve hit the most chaotic time of the year for myself? Or was it just not enjoying feeling like I had to read?
Honestly, I think it was a combination of all three for me.
Do you do reading challenges? Or do you just go with your own flow?