This year I gave myself way too many book projects, and now it’s December and I have a “guilt list” of books I need to finish before the end of this year. Not fun.
My list has eight books on it. Six of these are books I need to read to finish the Book Riot “Read Harder” challenge. The other two are books I need to read so that I can meet my “diverse books” goal of reading at least twelve books by non-American and/or non-white authors this year.
The thing is, I actually want to read (almost) all of those books. So, it’s not like I’m making myself read things that I don’t want to read. It’s just that there are so many books that I want to read MORE than those books.
When I was voting for the Goodreads Choice Award nominees, I realized that I’d only read a handful of the books nominated. Many of them were on my TBR, some of them I even owned, but I didn’t get to read them this year because I was so busy trying to check all the boxes on my various reading projects. This made me sad.
I was all set to do another reading challenge next year. I had this great idea planned and I’d already made a list. I wanted to read all the Hugo and Nebula best novel award winners from this century. But now I’m reconsidering. This “required reading” thing is making me grumpy. I don’t want to be grumpy. I don’t want reading to feel like work when I read (mostly) for fun.
So that’s it. I’m calling it. No reading projects in 2016. I’m not going to push it. I’m just going to read what I want, when I want to, and not worry about it.