This a Sunday feature here where we discuss specific topics related to books and the blogosphere.
Let’s talk about Reading Challenges as Resolutions!
We’re only two days away from 2019 and it’s the time when many make resolutions for the new year. A lot will include goals for health and well being (gym and weight loss center memberships skyrocket in the first quarter every year) as well as time management.
What is it about the turn into a new year that inspires people to make resolutions? Does it have something to do with so many things being measured by yearly time frames? Do we automatically reset our lives on January 1?
When I started participating in groups on Shelfari and subsequently Goodreads, my reading intensified and I began setting reading goals for the first time in my life. But, 2018 was the first time I participated in any challenge other than the Goodreads Reading Challenge and the Audiobook Listening Challenge. Now, in preparation for 2019, I’ve signed up for three more and I’ve lost count of how many I’m doing in my Goodreads groups.
I stopped making New Year’s resolutions a long time ago. It’s not that I don’t believe in them. I’m a firm believer in setting realistic goals for oneself that will inspire positive action. I just set them throughout the year in shorter timeframes and adjust them constantly. But, as I say that, it occurred to me that all of these annual reading challenges are a form of resolution that I’m committing to for the coming year! Are they really resolutions?
I’m holding Challenges a bit differently because of how I use them. I enter reading challenges that fit what I already plan to do. They’re not big stretches for me nor are they going to drive my behavior for the most part. I already know what I like and plan to read. But, the challenges keep me focused. Now, if I wanted to stretch or expand my reading focus, I’d join a challenge that would do that but so far, I haven’t done that. You can see my list of 2019 Blog Challenges here.