Hey Guys! Today I’m coming at you with a new discussion post! Today I’m talking about whether or not we should track our reading, and if we do does it help at all?
I’ll admit that this year I have definitely stepped up my tracking game. I’ve been using an excel sheet to track all my stats (author gender, release date, month I read it, page number etc.). I’ve found that tracking my reading this way has been really interesting whenever I’ve wanted to reference something in a blog post or whenever I’ve been curious to know which gender of author I read from the most.
But, I have also really gotten sick of feeling like as soon as I finish a book I have to input all the stats and decided on my star rating right there. If I don’t put my stats in immediately, I pretty much forget about it and come back in a month or two and go… “Oh, shit…”.
THE GOODREADS CHALLENGE: PROS AND CONS
I have been doing the Goodreads reading challenge since around 2014. I find it’s the easiest way to keep track of the order I read my books in and how far along I am in my reading goal (which is usually 1, 52 or 100).
I think the Goodreads challenge is great if you just want to remember what you read in the year or if you want a quick overview of past challenges. It’s also great because of the stats you get t the end of the year.
However, it’s not very complex and doesn’t allow for you to go very deep into your stats. I also think the main con of the Goodreads challenge is that it’s terribly competitive. I think this challenge makes us wayy less chill and less creative in what we read. I think that because so many people try to push themselves to read and “complete” their challenge. I think some people try to push themselves too far because they see other’s with big goals and then they try to rush their reading with short books at the end of the year.
I think the Goodreads challenge is great but it’s also very addictive and competitive.
TRACKING OUR READING: PROS AND CONS
In general, I think tracking your reading can be super fun and really helpful to figure out what types of books you prefer to read the most. I dont know if it makes us seem freakishly obsessive about our reading preferences, or if we’re being competitive with others and ourselves. But, tracking your reading can be really fun. It’s also a really great way for your friends to get t know you quickly and for them to give you reading recommendations too.
So, is keeping track of our reading weird? Does it really help us to know our reading tastes better or are we just being obsessive?