I have noticed through my wanderings on WordPress that,
1) there are a lot of book blogs and
2) there are a lot of reading challenges out there.
I love book people! I love talking about great books, good books, bad books, good reading spots, any of it, really. At the same time I am not a fan of book challenges. The “read 150 books in a year type thing (or insert your own number here). To those of you who can do them, all the more power to you. That just isn’t how I work. I have spent my entire educational career reading books for a certain deadline and splitting up readings into somewhat manageable segments so I don’t overwhelm myself. (Telling myself that I could read 50 pages of dense Russian Literature before bed my Junior year in highschool didn’t always go as planned).
The thought of graduating terrifies me (ahhhh!) but one thing that I realized I am looking forward to is reading what I want when I want (to a certain extent, I expect). I can never read for fun during the school year because I always have so much reading for homework that I tend to not want to read as a break on top of that. But that will change. And I feel like if I try one of those read 365 books in a year things I would hate it. I would stress myself out about it and make it feel like homework and that i had to do it or else I would be a terrible person/English major/reader or something. I am expecting to read a lot in the future/coming year/summer etc. But the fact that it is on my own free time is what excites me. Whatever I want whenever I want. Maybe down the road I will try some sort of book challenge, but for right now I’m just going to curl up with a good book and read for fun.