As someone who loves to read, it may not come as a surprise to many of you that I’ll be taking part in the reading challenge for 2022.
The only thing that I’m not fond of about the challenge is that it took me forever to update my Goodreads page with the books that I already read.
If you happened to follow me on Goodreads, I’m sure that you’ll notice that it took me such a long time to update my reading list.
Heck, it can feel like I’m abandoning the reading challenge for good since my reading list doesn’t change at all for months.
If you’re interested in taking part in the challenge, you can do so on Goodreads.
All you need to do is to set the number of books you want to read and update your progress until the end of the year.
The best part about this challenge is that you don’t need to read new books. You can choose to reread the books if you’d like since the rereading books will still count towards the number of books you want to read this year.
And while you’re there, don’t forget to follow me on Goodreads as well.
Yes, I get that you won’t be seeing a lot of activities on my Goodreads page other than my current reading list and my latest blog post.
But if you’re curious to know what other books that I read apart from the ones that I recommended on this blog, you can find the answers on my Goodreads page.
How do I fare during the last year’s reading challenge?
Just to let you know that this isn’t my first time taking part in the reading challenge. I’ve been taking part in this challenge since 2019.
It was only in 2020 that I started writing a post about the number of books that I plan to read during the challenge.
And as you already expected, I also took part in last year’s reading challenge which I already talked about it in this post.
So, how did I fare? Did I manage to read 25 books during last year’s challenge?
The good news is yes, I did.
But I barely made it through, though.
When I say barely, I only managed to read 25 books throughout the year. It’s not more than that.
It was so much different from my reading challenge for 2020 where I don’t just meet the number of books that I read. But I also exceed the number of books that I set.
At one point, I even thought about abandoning the challenge for good since I didn’t think that I read enough books to complete the challenge.
It was only after I updated my Goodreads page that I realized that I only needed to read a few more books to seal the deal.
Why am I reading less books than last year
Well, I will say that it has a lot to do with the type of books that I read.
Sure, I do read manga and light novels like I always do. But I didn’t read that much compared to the number of books that I read during my reading challenge for 2020.
That applies to nonfiction books as well.
I did read plenty of nonfiction books during the last year’s challenge.
But just like your typical nonfiction books, most of them are pretty long. So, it took me a while to finish even just one book.
That was also another reason why I didn’t exceed the number of books that I set to read for that year.
My reading challenge for 2022
I usually have the tendency to increase the number of books that I plan to read on every challenge.
But this time around, I decided to stick to reading 25 books only.
Yes, I know. That was the same number of books that I was aiming to read during the last year’s challenge.
Why am I not increasing the number of books that I plan to read this year? Didn’t I manage to complete my last year’s reading challenge?
Well, it’s true that I did manage to meet my goal.
But I find it pointless to increase the number of books to read for this year if I was struggling to meet my last year’s reading challenge.
If I want to increase the number of books that I want to read for the next reading challenge, then I’d better be crushing this year’s number.
Perhaps I should try to increase my reading speed?
To be honest, I did think that the reason why I was falling behind with my reading challenge might have something to do with my reading speed.
But after analyzing my reading habit, I realize that my reason for falling behind with my reading challenge has little to do with my reading speed at all.
Rather, it has a lot more to do with me not spending enough time reading.
Just to be clear that I do read so many things every day.
But the things that I always read every day for the most part were mainly financial newsletters.
While the financial newsletters sure do help with killing my FOMO, it sure does take my time away from reading books.
Sure, I can choose to unsubscribe to all of them so then I can have more time to read more books.
But the thing about these financial newsletters is that the information that I got is something that I can never get elsewhere.
So, it’s hard for me to unsubscribe from these financial newsletters when they’re the best legit source that I could get when it comes to money.
I guess this will be another challenge for me where I need to find the time to read both books and financial newsletters.
And of course, crushing this year’s number.
Will you be taking part in the reading challenge for 2022?
Whether you’re on Goodreads or not, feel free to share with me if you’d like to take the challenge and the number of books you plan to read for this year in the comment below.
With that said, I wish the best of luck to all of us.
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