Over at Should Be Reading Musing Mondays is taking place. And what is the question.......
Do you set goals for yourself, while reading? For example, “I want to get this book finished this weekend“, or “I will read __ pages today“, etc. Why, or why not?
I have never really set goals for myself regarding reading.
For the first time this year, I did enter a "total year read" goal on Shelfari and joined a few challenges, which I quickly fell behind. But I am making a concerted effort to see these as just that, challenges, and not goals or expectations.
I have never thought of reading as work. It is, in fact, one of the few hobbies I have that I have not managed to create some sort of work or effort around (singing or theater for example, where I have commitments to others to perform, rehearse and/or serve on the Board). It enables me to calm my crazy life a bit every day. Setting expectations of myself just seemed counter-productive to this and just creates pressure, more pressure, on my already hectic life.
I am not a particularly competitive person, so if I accomplish my challenges, that's great. If I fail, so be it. I should admit though that every once in a while, I look at that TBR list and say, "Come on, pick it up...you're falling behind!" because with over 5,000 books listed I've got a lot of ground to cover!