Skip to main content

Why How Much You Read Doesn't Matter

So at the beginning of this year/end of last year, there was a lot of discussion about how many books you should read. People were often spilt into three categories, those who had read lots of books fit into this category, those who had not read that many books and those who read for enjoyment. This discussion which had taken place on #ukyachat and felt like it had unlocked something inside me, like the fact that how much you read does not matter it should be about if you enjoy what you read. It was in that moment this discussion was born...

I think to start, I am going to explain my own reading habits; I had goals of reading over 70 books last year and did so but did this mean that I felt that I had completed the challenge I set myself? No, definitely not, because even though I read over 90 books with many being graphic novels, I found it very hard to start picking out my favourite books at the end of the year, as many of the books that I had read did not seem like favourites. I often found myself going in and out of reading slumps and forcing myself to read books that I was clearly not enjoying myself. So I give you a question:

Should reading be about how much you read or whether you enjoy the books that you read? 


My answer: it should be about how much you enjoy what you read. 

I had always treated reading as a hobby, it would be something that I did and still do to unwind and relax after a long day at school or university. This was changed, however, with the whole Goodreads reading challenge, reading was almost like goal or something that I had to put myself under pressure just to achieve, going against what reading had always been to me. So this year that changed, I set my goodreads challenge to 1 book which I completed in the first day, so in theory, I would have less pressure to read. However, this is not the end of the story. 

Instead, of a number of books that I was reading I started to look at the pages I was reading, however, the whole nature of reading for fun has worked I think and I read when I want to and am being very selective only the books I read, hopefully putting off ones that I dislike. This is the whole reason for reading though, it should be fun and something that you do in your spare time. Reading as become a hobby again and I do like get to get immersed in a good fantasy world. So if you lovely people want to read as much as you can, just think about this post and the fact that how much you read does not matter, but finding a book that you love and enjoy is. 

I asked the people who follow me on twitter the same question and the results are as followed...


So I hope this makes some kind of sense and that remember guys reading should be fun! 

See you soon, 

Amy


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Favourite Graphic Novels & Manga of 2021

As I have read a lot of books this year, I always want to give graphic novels and manga their own celebration as they often get overlooked and do make up a lot of my reading. I also find that even though I read a lot of them, it takes a lot to convince me and make it a new favourite. So here are my best... Heartstopper Volume 4 by Alice Oseman  Like everyone on the internet, I too am a massive Heartstopper fan and Volume 4 is no different. I love the relationship of Nick and Charlie and the side characters also make the series. This one also explores the way that mental health can impact romance and it still does justice to the story and does not fall into cliches. I am eagerly anticipating the final volume but I don't want it to be over.  The Impending Blindness of Billie Scott by Zoe Thorogood One of the last graphic novels I read this year and the one that has the second amount of hype, The Impending Blindness of Billie Scott also leaves a lasting impression. I love a good Briti

Book Review: The Crossing by Manjeet Mann

  * I am reviewing this book which I was gifted for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. * Title: The Crossing Author: Manjeet Mann Publisher: Penguin  Source: NetGalley ( Bookshop UK |  Hive |  Goodreads  |  Storygraph ) Book Summary: The trailblazing new novel from the Carnegie Medal shortlisted author of Run, Rebel. Praise for Run, Rebel - a Guardian best book of 2020: A tightly crafted series of punchy, often heartbreaking narrative poems . . . Mann's brilliant, coruscating verse novel lays out the anatomy of Amber's revolution, and the tentative first flowerings of hope and change. Guardian A trailblazing new novel about two teenagers from opposite worlds; The Crossing is a profound story of hope, grief, and the very real tragedies of the refugee crisis. Natalie's world is falling apart. She's just lost her mum and her brother marches the streets of Dover full of hate and anger. Swimming is her only refuge. Sammy has fl

Blog Tour: Goddess Aditi: Legendary Ladies: 50 Goddesses To Empower and Inspire You

* I am reviewing this book for a blog tour but this in no way affects my review * Title:  Legendary Ladies: 50 Goddesses To Empower and Inspire You   Authors: Ann Shen Source: Blog Tour Publisher: Abram  Rating: 4/5 stars ( Goodreads | Amazon) Book Summary: Throughout History comes this lushly illustrated book of goddesses from around the world. Aphrodite, the Greek goddess whose love overcame mortality. Mazu, the Chinese deity who safely guides travelers home. Lakshmi, the Hindu provider of fortune and prosperity. These powerful deities and many more are celebrated in gorgeous artwork and enlightening essays that explore the feminine divine and encourage readers to empower themselves. Ann Shen's signature watercolors make Legendary Ladies a unique, gift-worthy homage to the mighty women within. As part of this blog tour, each post will focus on a specific "Legendary Lady" or Goddess and for my stop, I will focus on A