Apart from the occasional photo on my private Instagram, I’ve never been keen on social media… With one exception: Goodreads. Before I joined it, as far back as 2014, my reading routine had always been somewhat messy and disorganized – it didn’t involve keeping track of the books I read, for one.
That changed when I started my first reading challenge. Back then, I actually enjoyed knowing for the first time how many books I read per year and noticing how that number increased as time passed by. It felt as if I was getting better at reading, and by “better” I mean “more books”. But now it has become more of a habit…
And you know what happens when social media become a habit, right? They always come with that unpleasant feeling of pressure!
Not to mention that immediate, deceptive feeling of reward when you finally mark the book you were reading as “read”, or when the challenge prompt tells you that you’re on track with your readings, as if it were some kind of job you need to perform as efficiently as possible.
After three years and a half of reading challenges, I finally remembered the obvious: reading is fun and each book I read should be slowly savored, like a good cup of tea – and that’s where this blog comes into play. I’ve come to realize that to actively think and write about the books I finish to read is more enjoyable than marking them as “read” on my GR account, putting them back to their shelf and carelessly open the next book on the ever-growing pile of books I want to read.
So, that’s it for me: I think that ditching the Reading Challenge and switching to a private, analog reading journal is actually the funnier option here!
I’m not saying that social media are evil per se, rather than they are what we make of them. After all, you can’t seize the moment if you’re too busy taking a selfie!
I’d love to hear your thoughts about reading in the social media era! How do you keep track of your readings?