There. I said it. I’m not sorry for saying it.
You. You, reading this post. Yeah, you. You would be happier and the people AROUND you would be happier if you quit comparing yourself to other readers and constantly found all the ways you don’t measure up.
Bout of Books is the PERFECT time to discuss that. (What?! Yeah. It starts Monday.)
No one BUT YOU cares whether you read fast or slow.
And really, how do you even DECIDE if you read fast or slow unless you compare yourself to others?
The book blogosphere is so concerned with what everyone else is reading and how much everyone else is reading and posting and woe woe woe because you can always find someone doing more.
What if you read what you wanted because you wanted to, not because everyone else was reading the book?
What if you read however much you read because that’s how much time you had to read?
What if you posted what you wanted to post how often your life would allow you to post?
What if you just… enjoyed the book you’re reading and maybe write a review about it or maybe not because oh, look, life happened and you didn’t feel like it?
The best, most freeing, feeling is to indulge your reading habit — because we all love books, amirite? — and enjoy the book you hold in your hand without worrying about how fast or slow you’re reading or what you’re going to say in a review or how your feelings are different than or the same as everyone else.
Listen, if you’re on Twitter complaining about how little you’re reading, chances are, you could be using your Twitter complaining time to read. If you’re on Twitter complaining about how slow you’re reading, you’re losing time reading by complaining on Twitter.
Do you see a pattern? Comparing your reading habits leads to unhappiness. When you spew that unhappiness out into the world, you affect everyone who has to listen or read it. Promote the positive. Celebrate the awesome.
Read. Listen. Consume books in whatever format speaks to you. A reader is a story lover, who devours stories whenever, however she can.