booking through thursday: quality v. quantity

Which is more important:
quality for your reading or quantity?

Quality, of course! Who wouldn’t say quality is more important? I do a lot of checking around on books in advance—on blogs, reviews, etc.—before giving it a go. I’ve bought a bunch of books that I haven’t gotten to yet, but I know will be fantastic and I can’t wait to get to them all. However…

I may have mentioned on the blog before that I’m a competitive person. I loved playing team sports as a kid, but I admit I took losses pretty hard (not that I was a sore/poor loser, just really really hated to lose and would beat myself up emotionally after a loss!). This has taken years to reign in—my competitiveness still exists, but now I’m mostly just competitive with myself. Switching to golf and yoga was so good for me. And now it has made it’s way into my book reading habits, especially this year when I joined some online challenges like the TBR Pile (2 books behind at the moment… grrr) and Eclectic Reader. I have reading goals now and I know I’ll be pissed if I don’t read all my 12 books for each! I have to beat the number of books I read the previous year! (Which I just did, incidentally—40 total in 2012, just got to 40 this week for 2013.) Although deep in my heart I know this is just kind of ridiculous and it’s totally okay if I don’t read as much as I aim for. But I’m having fun and enjoying my books. That’s the most important thing!

How about you—is quality or quantity more important to you? (Do I even have to ask? 😉 )

16 thoughts on “booking through thursday: quality v. quantity

  1. I think Quality is more important but as a book blogger I sometimes I’m reading in quantity. I challenge myself to about 150 books a year but really I think I would be happier to read some great books and fully analyse them; book blogging isn’t really designed for that

    • You’re right. I’m not sure I am entirely comfortable with labeling myself a full-on book blogger (for now…), because I don’t get ARCs or have connections or partnerships with vendors/publishers or anything like that. Just do it for fun, when I finish a book (that I usually have purchased, or gotten from the library or as a gift). But I can definitely see where a real professional book blogger could start feeling obligated to get as many read and reviewed as possible.

    • Ha! Yeah I’m starting to realize why I have put off reading some of those. Like… they just don’t appeal to me anymore. I’ve learned a lesson about letting books sit too long, so I think that’s partly why I’ve been trying to read any new books I get sooner! (Which of course means putting off those old ones even longer… arggh) I still have time to finish, I just have to make myself go back to the list.

  2. My post was similar because I agree, quality is most important, but I still love competing with myself to see how many books I can read. So quantity plays into my reading enjoyment as well.

  3. I’d be reading the same amount regardless, actually probably more since writing reviews take up so much time 🙂

    • I originally had my Goodreads goal at 35, then upped it to 40, and now I have it set for 50… but according to my 50 Book Pledge bookshelf page it says I’m on pace for 60 this year… so we’ll see! Might need to up that GRs number again.

      Good luck with your goals! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

    • I think next year I might lay off the challenges. I joined them to knock down some books I’ve had forever, to motivate myself to finally get around to them, but now 9 months in it has started to feel a little bit like a chore. Several have simply lost their appeal for me over time. Sigh! I think I’ll still go ahead with it, just see if I can finish. Thanks for checking out my blog! 🙂

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