So here’s the thing. I read about 1 book every week. Sometimes it can be less and sometimes more, but in general about one. And I don’t feel bad about it. In fact, I feel kind of proud! It’s much more than every single person I know in real life reads and it’s much more than I used to read before getting into booktube and book blogging.
The problem is, that if you see what other book bloggers manage to read in a week or in a month… it’s crazy! Most book bloggers finish about 8-10 books a month, from what I gather. Some even make to 15 and I’ve heard someone saying that they once read 25 books in one month! I couldn’t even believe it in the beginning and I still ask myself
HOW DO YOU MANAGE TO READ SO MANY BOOKS?
My reading speed is about 50-75 pages an hour. I’ll admit that it’s not that fast. I can read a bit faster if I try to, but then I don’t really absorb everything I read, so I prefer to read in a comfortable for me pace. I’ve heard a couple of people saying that they read about 100 pages an hour, which I really admire. But still, in order to finish a let’s say 300 page book, you’ll need three solid hours of reading. And in order to finish 10 300-page books in one month you’ll need about 30 hours of reading! That’s quite a lot!
I’m not going to say that I don’t have that much free time, because it really isn’t too. If I cut out on every other form of procrastination (aka internet, social media, movies, internet, tv, internet) I would probably end up with more than 30 hours a month. But I can’t do it!
I CAN’T SPEND ALL MY FREE TIME ON READING!
I love reading books. I really do! But spending so much time on reading would be way too much for me. I don’t think it would be any fun anymore and I would soon go into a huge reading slump. When I first started booktubing I really tried to increase the amount of books I read and I actually did it! I used to read about 15-20 books a year and I read so much more now. But still, I thought it wasn’t enough.
I thought that in order to be a part of this booktubing / book blogging community I would have to read as much as most of the others do. Soon I realized that it was impossible for me, but I also realized that you don’t have to read so much. It’s not a race. You can just go on your own pace and try to do the best you can do and read as much as you can and want to.
I still sometimes feel discouraged when I read a monthly wrap-up or something and realize how much more than me that person has read, but I don’t feel the pressure anymore. I don’t feel like I should push myself to manage to read that much, because I know I can’t and I know I don’t have to.
And I am finally proud to say it when I’ve read 4 or even 3 books in a month. I don’t feel the need to apologize. And if we see it realistically it’s much more than an average person reads. Or at least more than my family and friends read… 😀
How about you? How many books do you manage to read? Do you feel the pressure to read more?