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Attitude Towards Books + Reading in the Book Blogging Community | Right or Wrong?

Hello everyone, I know it’s been a long time since I properly posted, and my only answer to you is that A Levels have hit me like a bag of bricks and I am reeling. The fact that I am currently writing does not mean that I should be because I have 3 different tests to revise for but let’s not get into that. This subject is something that has been playing on my mind for quite some time, and is also part of the reason as to why I have been so absent.

As soon as I properly joined the book blogging community and started posting consistently and also reading lots of other similar bookish posts, I felt this immediate sort of pressure, that kind of stayed there and always was there whenever I thought about my blog. This pressure was to do with the quantity of books I read.

I have read hundreds of bookish posts in the community, and an underlying impression you seem to have of them is that the more books you read, the better. There is this quantity over quality attitude, where you’re just rushing to read as many books as possible for the sake of numbers, so you can say you read 13 books in December – 3 more books than you did in November, or that you have more book reviews to post. Because how could you possibly have a successful book blog if you don’t have a lot of book reviews?

I think this is as a good example of me last summer (2019). I read so many books, probably 30+. However, I feel my attitude towards them may have done more harm than good. I wasn’t able to fully enjoy the books because my mind kept wandering to the next book I wanted to go to the next and the next and all the books on my summer TBR and my monthly TBR, etc. I distinctly remember reading The Prodigal Daughter, and my mixed feelings throughout it – I was really enjoying it and at the same time I had this constant nagging feeling that kept telling me to hurry up so I can mark it as read and continue to the next book. I feel it really dampened my enjoyment of the book.

Then from around the end of July to the beginning of August, I realised the kind of toxicity I had gotten myself into with my books. I realised that the way I was reading books was not the most beneficial and the quantity I was reading wasn’t either – especially since I was reading loads of YA fiction which doesn’t have the most useful information. I decided from then on, I was going to read books that were beneficial and also to read them in a manner where I enjoyed them and got the maximum use out of it – and not to hurry through them just to get it done and over with.

So something that I want to ask to all you fellow bookworms out there is: what is your attitude towards reading books, and is it a healthy one? It’s so easy to get carried away and drift away from the true meaning of reading: which is to ready to enjoy and to read to learn. Reading is a form of seeking knowledge, so try not to get too carried away with the entertainment aspect of it! Read fiction if you love it, but also read some non-fiction out there. I know sometimes it can feel like studying, but there is some really interesting stuff out there, if you look for it! For example, on my TBR is a book about climate change – not only is it educational but it’s also interesting because right now I feel like all the information on climate change is all over the place, and everyone seems to be saying different things.

Speak soon πŸ™‚

11 thoughts on “Attitude Towards Books + Reading in the Book Blogging Community | Right or Wrong?”

  1. Hey there πŸ™‹β€β™€οΈ

    I feel like I haven’t spoken to you in agesss 😭. I was actually going to message you yesterday on Goodreads to ask if you’re good but I’m also swamped with work right now and it totally slipped my mind πŸ™ˆ. I’ve really missed you and your blog and I got a lovely surprise in my inbox jn πŸ˜„

    I feel like I can relate to a small extent because before I got Goodreads , I read whatever I wanted at my own pace and enjoyed it. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy books now, but there is some sort of pressure to finish quicker and mark it as read. And the pressure of keeping up with new releases is real! ☹️

    Wishing you all my luck with your A Levels and I hope you pass with flying colors. You got this! πŸ’•βœ¨

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  2. This is such an amazing topic!! Honestly, I feel like I do the same. Last year, I just rushed through books that were hyped. My resolution this year was even to read more books (which isn’t happening…haha). You bring up some great points!

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  3. Hi, I will be interested to know what the book on Climate Change is. I get you though, it is important to read because its your passion and you just love it. Not to get through your TBRs or tick it off the list. I have fallen prey to this feeling as well and it does affect my interest in the book I am currently reading. I think to help counter the feeling of needing to get through and finish your book a good idea is to have a smaller TBR (by stopping buying books – I know easier said than done) so that you can just savour the book your reading.

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  4. Great post! I really understand what you mean: it sometimes really feels like you’re super pressured because other people are able to read multiple books a week, but that’s just not for me. Besides reading, there’s always school, sports and friends and so I often don’t find a single minute from Monday to Friday to read and only have time on the weekends!
    However, I feel like reading can be only for enjoying the book, there doesn’t necessarily have to be a learning aspect. A lot of people think that by only reading fiction, you don’t learn anything but how many times has that been proven wrong? Children who read are better at writing without making mistakes and also articulating! I do know what you mean, I also try to incorporate some non-fiction books or at least classics to learn a bit, but I’ve distanced myself both from the pressure of having to read as much as possible and of only wanting to learn while reading!
    Awesome post, I’m happy you’re back (and so sorry for the big amount of stress because of A Levels!!!) happy reading!

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  5. Hello, my friend!! I know we haven’t chatted in sooo long it feels like a lifetime between now and that golden summer. I’ve really missed you too!!

    Yeah I totally agree. The Goodreads reading challenge used to be something that actually stressed me out believe it or not and the fight to get through all the new releases!! (fight with… myself… sounds stupid I know)

    Thank you so much, and the same for you! Defeat that evil homework pile! We can do this!! πŸ’ž

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  6. Hello, of course – it’s called ‘The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming’. Yes, exactly, I completely agree with you. I hope you are able to shake this feeling off and leave it for good – it really just makes everything more stressful!! I would even say not having a TBR at all… but that’s another topic altogether πŸ™‚

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  7. Thank you! Yeah I agree. That’s a really good point – of course there is an entertainment aspect to reading too like there is to movies and TV shows, for example. Definitely, reading helps with your vocabulary and expanding the way you write and everything. However, I do also feel that personally, with my case in the summer where I read so many YA fiction books, it was kind of doing more harm than good in that sense. Definitely get rid of that pressure!!! Thank you so much – it’s always so lovely reading your comments and great to talk to you again! Good luck with school!

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  8. An interesting topic… and for me – as I’m not a blogger – I do feel some pressure in terms of meeting my Goodreads goal by the end of the year. Since I’m no where NEAR meeting it, I’m certainly prioritizing quantity over quality, but I think I should slow down and possible change my goal to something realistic!

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