Hi again Readers! The topic for today’s Let’s Talk Bookish, a weekly meme hosted by Eternity Books is…

February 28th Topic: What are your thoughts regarding reading challenges?

I have taken part in the Goodreads Reading Challenge where you choose a goal of the number of books you would like to read this year and have written a post about the Popsugar Reading Challenge 2019, where I had a look at what I had achieved in their requirements. I will go through some of the pros and cons of reading challenges in list form and give my verdict once I’ve had a bit of a think.


  • I understand why readers can participate in these challenges as they can sometimes be fun
  • If you’re in a bit of a reading slump they can give you motivation to keep reading
  • Reading challenges can also allow you to widen your reading horizons and you might even find you enjoy different genres of books.
  • They can also give you a sense of achievement. (if you finish ALL the prompts)


  • Do you ever look at other readers goals and they are usually on the lines of something like 60-70 books? I am sure I am not the only one who does this, and it can sometimes make me feel pressured to read almost as much as them.
  • I also find that Reading Challenges (particularly the Goodreads one) can make you rush through books so that you can check that one off and move on to the next.
  • It is satisfying finishing a book but this stressful mindset defeats the purpose of reading and you aren’t really enjoying it like you did before and you may have unnecessary stress.
  • If you really enjoy classic books, for example, and the majority of the prompts on a reading challenge are ‘read contemporary fiction’ and it’s not one of your favorite genres at all I think why waste your time reading something you know you won’t enjoy, for the sake checking a box.
  • You may also feel let down if you don’t reach you’re goal.

My Verdict

I think for me personally I don’t like the stress reading challenges bring and that is enough to put me off them. I do like the idea of bringing different kinds of books into your shelf though. However, yeah, I don’t like reading challenges. I like what I did at the start of this year with the Popsugar Reading Challenge 2019 and seeing what I actually checked off without meaning too. I think I will do that again and if you also aren’t a fan of reading challenges maybe you could do a similar thing to what I did.

What do you think?

  • What are some of the best reading challenges out there?
  • What’s your opinion on this topic?
  • Are you taking part in any challenges? If so, which ones?

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme hosted by Eternity Books.

3 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish: Reading Challenges

  1. Yeah looking back on your challenges in retrospect saves the stress of feeling like you have to read all those books! Glad you enjoyed the post. Will go and check out yours 🙂


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