It’s now 2018! One of the most popular things to set in January is a Goodreads Reading Goal for the year. It’s a great way to decide how many books you want to read the upcoming year. Or is it? I’ve seen many discussions in the book community about this reading challenge and whether it is good or bad. I plan to discuss it more in my post today. So, what are the pros and cons of setting a Goodreads Goal?
PRO: IT CAN MOTIVATE YOU TO READ
I hate when it says I’m behind on my reading goal. When I log onto Goodreads and I see that it says I’m one or more book behind, it motivates me to pick up my book and read. It can also give me a realistic idea of how many books I need to read in order to reach my goal.
CON: IT CAN STRESS YOU OUT
Sometimes, for me at least, it stresses me out when I’m under pressure. Like many people, that little ‘you are two books behind’ annoys me. To the point, that I will just not feel like reading. So, really, it has the opposite effect of what it’s suppose to do.
PRO: YOU CAN SEE WHAT YOUR FRIENDS ARE READING
One of the things I use Goodreads for the most is seeing what my friends are reading at the moment. I also love clicking on their reading goals and seeing all the books they read that year.
CON: YOU CAN SEE HOW MUCH YOUR FRIENDS READ
Here’s the thing: I am not the fastest reader. I have never been a significantly fast reader. It’s pretty damaging to see my friends (who are far busier than me) reading 200+ books a year.
PRO: YOU CAN FEEL GOOD ABOUT ALL THE READING YOU DID DURING THE YEAR
By the end of the year, it’s such a great feeling seeing all the books you read! It’s also the best when you accomplish the goal you set for yourself.
CON: IT CAN MAKE YOU DISCOURAGED IF YOU DON’T ACCOMPLISH YOUR GOAL
I sadly didn’t complete my Goodreads goal in 2017. I was three books away from completing my goal. It’s difficult because I still read over 40 books last year! That’s definitely more than the average person reads. However, because I didn’t read as much as I would’ve liked, I was disappointed in myself.
Overall, there are pros and cons to setting a goal and not setting a goal. You just have to evaluate yourself and see if it would be a good thing or a bad thing for yourself!
Liv is a 16 year old book blogger who resides in Pennsylvania, U.S.A. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, petting cats, and listening to musicals.
Happy 2018! Did you set a Goodreads Goal for yourself? Is so, what was it? What is your opinion of Goodreads goals? Let me know down in the comments! I’d love to know! 🙂