Discussion – What Counts toward a Reading Challenge?
What counts as a book?
I’m sure this has been addressed several hundred times, but I feel like it warrants another discussion.
I know, I know! It shouldn’t be important what other people think, especially when something like the Goodreads Reading Challenge is just a personal goal that I set. And I guess in the end it doesn’t matter (that’s right I said it! Wanna fight about it?)
I’m curious, though. I’d like to know what the general consensus is when it comes to things like the Goodreads Reading Challenge.
So let’s break it down:
Plain old regular dead-tree books
My favorite kind and an obvious ‘yes!’ If there are people out there saying these don’t count, what the heck are they reading? Stone tablets brought down from a mountain top by an old man with a white beard? And what does Santa have to do with all of this anyway?
Magically digital books of the electronic variety
I can’t imagine eBooks wouldn’t count, either. They’re absorbed the same way, but dead trees are replace by silicon and liquid crystal. Sounds far more glamorous than it is.
Books that go into your earhole
Audiobooks is where the line starts to get fuzzy for me. They take longer compared to the speed of most readers, but at the same time its usually faster to get through one since you can multitask. Ever tried to work an 8-hour shift at a desk job while reading a paperback? Not saying it’s impossible, but… okay, maybe it’s impossible unless you have no problem with being fired or stumbled into the best job ever.
Pretty-pretty picture books
Graphic novels are even fuzzier. They’re usually half as many pages as the average novel, and there isn’t near as much reading per page. It’s probably closer to reading a short story.
I enjoy all of the above formats, so nothing will make me stop reading any of them. But I want to know what you think. Which count? Which don’t? And why?