Monday, July 27, 2015
The Make Me Read It Readathon: Recap (Also, a word on meeting goals)
If you saw my post from a couple of weeks ago, you'll know that I participated in Val and Ely's Make Me Read It Readathon. The purpose of the Readathon was to set a goal and read as many books as you can in the week. My goal was to read two books out of five that you guys voted on.
The books that were on the menu for last week were The Unlikely Hero in Room 13b by Teresa Toten and Dustlands: Raging Star by Moria Young.
I really enjoyed Unlikely Hero and the insight it gave into OCD. Although it was an "issue" book, it still had a good plot and well developed characters that I cared about. The main character Adam, was such a sweetheart and my heart broke for him so many times in this book. I was also pleasantly surprised with how the romantic subplot worked out. Overall, four out of five stars. If you enjoyed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, you'll probably enjoy this.
This is the part of the post where I'm supposed to talk about the other book, Raging Star. However...
I didn't meet my goal of reading two books.
I read all of Unlikely Hero and about half of Raging Star. At first I was a little disappointed in myself. Yet another goal that I didn't meet. *Sigh*. But then I got thinking, this wasn't a defeat at all.
The whole point of this Readathon was to read (which I did) and to read more than you would on average (which I also did). Normally, I read about a book every week and a half or two weeks. Sometimes I zoom through books in a couple of days, but that's not my average rate when I'm working or in school, or both.
To challenge myself to read two books in a week was exactly that, a challenge. It was good to push myself a little harder than usual; it was refreshing. And for a moment, I lost track of my original motivation (to read) and got stuck on that end number.
This is going to sound cliche, but making goals isn't about the end result, it's about the journey. The whole point of goal making is to improve yourself and give you something to aim for. Too often, I feel like I've failed if I don't meet that goal, and I forget just how much I did accomplish. In this case, I read an entire book in a week and half of another! Any other week (with no goals set) that would have been crazy, successful. Instead of looking at what you didn't do, look at what how much you have accomplished.
Don't let falling short of a goal send you in a tailspin. Instead congratulate yourself on what you have accomplished, even if it's something extremely small or just the fact that you began the project at all. Don't dwell on those feelings of guilt or discouragement; instead use them to propel yourself forward and focus on how to keep moving towards that end result you're striving for.
Motivation speech over.
Have you read either of these two books? Did you participate in the Readathon? Do you struggle with goals? Let me know what you think in the comments!
Reading: Raging Star by Moira Young
Listening: Shovels and Rope
Watching: Gilmore Girls, Season 7
Previously on A Splash of Photography: Up the Hill (and Down Again)