Over the last couple of years, Goodreads goals have been a somewhat controversial topic in the bookish community. For the goal-oriented, Type A personalities, the GR reading challenge makes it easier to track one’ s reading life with a couple of clicks.
Those who oppose it field the argument that people will focus more on the quantity rather than the quality of books. In turn, it fosters reading fatigue and makes reading more of a competitive sport. Hence, some people try to shed off the pressure by setting arbitrary targets of 1 or 10 or whatever number that tickles their fancy, which they know they will obviously hit with ease.
Whether you are pro- or anti- the Goodreads challenge, if you are wondering what to do after you hit your Goodreads goal, here are a couple of ideas:
Take a step back from the books. Pat yourself on the back.
This is a good time to explore another non-reading hobby like forest bathing, monopoly or even catch up with your friends.
Re-read the golden oldies
If you are still keen on reading this could be a great chance to revisit those re-reads that you have been meaning to get to. As readers, we tend to get caught up in finding books that are hot off the press and put off reading books just for sake of reading them. The post-GR challenge period is an awesome chance to pick up your childhood favourites or those comfort reads.
Take stock of your reading habits
As they say, numbers don’t lie…It would be interesting to interrogate what your reading data whether on Goodreads, your spreadsheets or your reading journal.
What do your reading habits tell you explicitly and implicitly?
What did the books teach you and can you pass those lessons to others?
How did they make you a better reader or person?
Revisit the reading challenges that you signed up for
Now is the perfect time to take down that tome (500 pages and over). To help you along the way, there are a number of readathons to help you along the way Thoughts on Tomes along with other four booktubers will be hosting Tome-Topple-readathon between August 2 midnight to August 17, 2018. (in your own time zone).
Rincey from Rincey Reads hosts an annual read-a-long in August where she reads an intimidating classic. In previous years, she has read War and Peace, Middlemarch, The Brothers Karamazov. In 2018, she hopes to tackle Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers.
August 2018 could be your lucky month.
Side note: I am still on the fence about participating in Rincey’s read-along. My dealbreaker is finding a great edition or translation. I am thinking about finding an Oxford World Classics edition but I am definitely open to more suggestions
Try out a new genre
There is a high likelihood that you were reading for pleasure why not seek a non-fiction read This is your chance to buffer up with your technical skills such as budgeting, personal finance, leadership, negotiation etc. You could also try to fit to find more diverse authors who might provide you with a different perspective on life.
Volunteer at a bookish charity.
Most readers and self-proclaimed bibliophiles will always cherished memories about their reading origins. With the reduced pressure from completing the reading challenges, this would be an opportune time to pay it forward. Give someone else the joy of reading. Read to children or an elderly person. Or you could….
Cull your bookshelves
See which books are memorable and which ones are not. April from Getting Hygge with It, occasionally trims her shelves regularly and only keeps books that were 4-star reads and above.
Whether or not you are participating in the unread shelf project, reducing the size of one’s TBR shelf is always cathartic.
Read in a different language
Now we all know that social media is all about the algorithms and most likely Goodreads is used by English speakers. Aspiring polyglots and multilingual wannabes can promote other languages of their choices by updating their shelves. This will make books from various languages more visible and encourage other readers to pick them up. They can create lists according to language levels such as A1 to C2, write book reviews and form reading groups on Goodreads.
I am curious, do you anything special to commemorate completing your Goodreads Challenge?
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