The bookworm community.
It’s a great place isn’t it?
We all get to share our love of books together, and update everyone on what we’re reading.
But with this, you get to see what everyone else is reading too.
And you start to notice that some people read really, really fast.
So does this build up a pressure to read quickly?
My reading pace
So on average, I read about 100 pages a day. But on the days I go to college, I sometimes don’t read at all, or I’ll read a lot less than usual. So to put it simply, I read about 1 book a week. Of course, this can change if a book is huge (like Outlander took me just under 2 weeks to read) or quite short. But like I said, we’re talking averages here so all this is pointless rambling on my behalf (oops).
Do I feel pressure to read quickly?
Yes, I do.
I know I shouldn’t, because reading is a hobby and I should enjoy it as I wish. But I do.
It’s usually when I see people with huge Goodreads Challenges, or at the end of a month when everybody uploads monthly wrap ups.
I’ve got to admit lately that I’ve been on a roll with reading. But the pressure is still there sometimes. And it’s not even when I compare my own reading rate to other people most of the time. I put pressure on myself. I always upload book reviews every Friday, so if I think I won’t finish the book in time, I put pressure on.
I don’t even know why. It’s not like anyone will be angry if I upload the review a day later or something *shrugs*
Where does the pressure come from?
Well, everywhere really.
Goodreads – seeing people’s reading updates can make you want to read quicker. Especially the reading challenge. That thing tells you how far ahead/behind you are too so that can put pressure on.
YouTube – seeing booktubers with huge Wrap Ups usually adds at least a bit of pressure. I know I always see their bookshelves and think “if I could just get through more books each month, my collection would be as grand”.
Twitter & Instagram – People talk. People finish books. This one is pretty much the same as the previous.
Friends – Maybe a friend is reading a book at the same time and they get through it quicker than you? You then want to read it faster.
Yourself – Like me, plenty of people put pressure on themselves, whether it be to upload a review on a certain day, or to add more books to the monthly wrap up, or to catch up with all the hype.
Is it necessary?
Of course not!
No one’s going to judge you for reading a book in your own time. Everyone reads at different paces.
Plus if it takes you longer to read, you get to enjoy the book for longer, right?
You enjoy the book as you want to. It’s your hobby. Your book. Your time. There’s no point worrying about not catching up with another person. For all you know they might have more time, or just naturally read quicker.
So now it’s your turn.
What’s your average reading pace?
Do you feel a pressure to read books quickly? What causes this pressure?
Do you think there’s a way to avoid this pressure?
Join the discussion in the comments!
Until next time…
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