If you know me at all, you’ll know that there have been weeks in the past (not so much now, with a child to take care of!) where I binged on books. I would sign up for read-a-thons or even just sit down for a week and say, “I’m going to read xx books!” (Not to be confused with ‘xxx’ books) — and then I would sit down and read, read, read until I fell over.
When it comes to things like read-a-thons, I had to think about the books I was picking. For the most part, I would pick books that struck my fancy, whether they were short and quick reads, or long and bulky reads, but for the most part, I always strived to go towards QUANTITY. I wanted to read as many books as I could in the time-span of the read-a-thon so I could feel good about myself.
Now, I’m not saying that reading shorter books to up your books-read number means that those books aren’t quality reads, but if you’re just striving for quantity, are you missing out on quality books?
Take the classics, for example. I do love reading the classics, but they can take a lot of my attention to read. Mostly, they’re not written in the same kind of everyday English that the books I tend to go for are written in. The dialect might be different, or there might be less dialogue and more description, or they might be freaking long (War and Peace, anyone?). I’ve tried in the past to read some of the long ones, but then I find that they take so long and my yearly goal number of books to be read suffers because of it. But, like I said, I then feel like I’m missing out on a quality read.
Or, we’ll take some adult fiction. I think one of the main reasons I love YA books is because they get to the point and don’t have a lot of filler going on. When it comes to an adult book, I get bored. The story is super exciting and then my attention span drifts and I can’t pay attention anymore. The book could be absolutely amazing, but I find myself wanting one of those non-stop action books — a book where things constantly happen and the filler is kept to a minimum.
In the past, the number of books that I read in a year never used to bother me, but once I found out that you could set a challenge for yourself on Goodreads, I was determined not only to meet, but exceed that challenge! In a way, I feel like my reading has suffered. Yes, I’m still reading some amazing books, but I feel like I’m missing out on ones that I would’ve read in the past that I would find amazing today. I can’t help but wonder …. is it my changing tastes in books? Or have I grown lazy as a reader?
Do you go for quality when you read books? Are you obsessed or concerned with how many books you read in a year?