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  1. Cindy D'Silva
    November 18, 2021 @ 11:50 pm

    I just read because I love it! The challenge was only to faithfully upload what I’m done reading. Hehehe!

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    • Ritu
      January 31, 2022 @ 7:52 pm

      That is how I approach it too, Cindy.😊

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  2. ghazala786
    November 19, 2021 @ 10:54 am

    Agree with you , reading should be fun and enjoyable 🙂

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    • Ritu
      January 31, 2022 @ 7:53 pm

      Exactly Ghazala

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  3. Tarang
    November 19, 2021 @ 10:10 pm

    Spot on! Every point! I set a reading challenge every year: on Goodreads and now on Blogchatter. Just to keep track of my reading, also I like to talk about books I’ve read {and liked. I avoid saying anything if I don’t like the book}. I keep the goal realistic, I read at my own pace, don’t mind if I couldn’t complete the challenge. And yes, I leave them unfinished if the book doesn’t grip me by 60-70 pages.

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    • Ritu
      January 31, 2022 @ 7:55 pm

      We are kindred spirits, Tarang. It took a while, but now I DNF the book if it is not working for me. Thank you for stopping by. 😊

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  4. MommyShravmusings
    November 20, 2021 @ 12:18 pm

    Bang on, every point. I set reading challenge only in Good Reads till date and leave the books if it doesnt interest me. Thats another reason, why I dont write to many book reviews also, unless untl the book satisfies me at some level. I read for pure joy and wont get sleep, if I didnt read atleast couple of pages in a day, apart from blogs and newspaper…

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    • Ritu
      January 31, 2022 @ 7:56 pm

      Ditto Suhasini. I too avoid reviewing books that don’t work for me.

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  5. pamela
    November 20, 2021 @ 5:54 pm

    So being an avid reader I understand joy of read is much better than reading challenges. Though I love to challenge myself to push more towards books but sometimes I love to read as per my choice to enjoy the content more than anything.

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    • Ritu
      January 31, 2022 @ 7:57 pm

      Exactly Pamela. Challenges are great but they should not take away the fun part of reading.

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  6. Jigna Vora
    November 20, 2021 @ 8:13 pm

    After reading your blog i have this urge to pick up a book today!! I used to read a lot, but have resorted to netflix n the kind recently…thanks for the inspiration !!

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    • Ritu
      January 31, 2022 @ 7:58 pm

      That is great to hear, Jigna. Although Netflix is perfectly fine too

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  7. soniadogra
    November 20, 2021 @ 8:29 pm

    Wonderfully penned in defence of the reading challenge. I don’t take up reading challenges but would love to find a way to add more variety to my reading.

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    • Ritu
      January 31, 2022 @ 7:59 pm

      Thank you, Sonia 😊. Perhaps you can try the diverse reading ones.

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  8. Monidipa Dutta (@MonidipaDutta51)
    November 20, 2021 @ 8:34 pm

    I love reading but currently I am so overworked that I dont get time but yes I do read in weekends. Yes your points are truly good.

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    • Ritu
      January 31, 2022 @ 8:00 pm

      Thank you Monidipa 😊. I can relate to that.

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  9. aditi
    November 21, 2021 @ 10:07 am

    I loved your article because it speaks truth in every sense. Reading books for the sake of competing in numbers is not worth it. Pick up the book you really want to read and not because it’s topping the charts.

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    • Ritu
      January 31, 2022 @ 8:01 pm

      Exactly Aditi. And more of than not, the popular ones end up being disappointing.

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  10. Harjeet Kaur
    November 21, 2021 @ 1:06 pm

    Do you keep a note of all the books you have read until now, Ritu? I remember uploading the books I have read till date on a site but now its not working anymore.

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    • Ritu
      January 31, 2022 @ 8:03 pm

      I use Kal’s reading spreadsheet to keep a track. There are quite a few simpler ones available too.

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  11. Satabdi
    November 21, 2021 @ 1:20 pm

    I’ve tried to participate in reading challenges and book bingos but have not enjoyed them. I find I cannot read by set rules and prefer to pick up whatever I feel like. Sometimes it takes me months to finish a book, sometimes I read several books a month. So, I like to be left alone.

    Blogchatter’s TBR challenge, however, is a breeze because there are no rules.

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    • Ritu
      January 31, 2022 @ 8:05 pm

      I can so relate to it, Satabdi. Although I do cross check how diverse my reading has been at the end if the year.

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  12. Madhu Bindra
    November 21, 2021 @ 5:27 pm

    A reading challenge is a good idea if you want to read a variety of books. But like you said, it is not a race. I just read whatever I find interesting.

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    • Ritu
      January 31, 2022 @ 8:06 pm

      It’s in the genes. 😊The apple does not fall far from the tree.

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  13. Abha Mondal
    November 21, 2021 @ 6:13 pm

    Agree with all the pointers here. I want to participate in a reading challenge this year. Let’s see how it goes.

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    • Ritu
      January 31, 2022 @ 8:06 pm

      Do sign up Abha.

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  14. rgvdudeja
    November 21, 2021 @ 8:51 pm

    I have always been a visual person. Reading was always a boring task (I blogged about it too). But these tips look really practical. I’ve found interest in some books and should take this habit forward by using what you mentioned. Thanks.

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    • Ritu
      January 31, 2022 @ 8:06 pm

      I am glad to know that, Raghav.

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  15. Vasumathi
    November 22, 2021 @ 12:44 am

    i have always wondered how you read so much & have envied you too. Now iam getting a perspective too of how you read. And i completely agree – if we are reading to either upload a review or meet a deadline or target number you are not doing justice to neither book nor the author or yourself.

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    • Ritu
      January 31, 2022 @ 8:08 pm

      So true, Vasumathi. That is the reason I have cut down on review requests. Reading on a deadline is no fun.

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  16. Aurora M
    November 22, 2021 @ 9:14 pm

    I love reading and finish up if it is of my interest. Otherwise I prefer to leave. Usually it happens just few pages before 😃

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    • Ritu
      January 31, 2022 @ 8:09 pm

      Same here, Meenu. Just lose track of time often

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  17. nooranandchawla
    January 17, 2022 @ 11:21 pm

    Very helpful tips Ritu. I always sign up for the Goodreads Reading Challenge and keep an achievable goal. Proud to say I’ve stuck to them every year I’ve signed up! Reading should definitely never seem like a chore.

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    • Ritu
      January 31, 2022 @ 8:10 pm

      Thank you Noor 😊. Add the additional pressure takes out the joy from reading.

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