I love reading. I love books. I love finding out what people are reading and what they’ve enjoyed. Strangely enough, I’ve never been part of a book club.
If you’re a fan of books you have to be on Goodreads!
This year I’ve been binge-reading. I read a lot of books at once and then slowly read parts of some until the urge to binge struck again.
For the 2017 Reading Challenge I chose 100 books. As of today, my Goodreads Reading Challenge is 54% complete. I think I’ll read more during the summer.
As part of self-publishing, it’s been interesting to see how people use Goodreads. I leave short reviews that serve as reminders to myself. I tend to forget if I’ve read books or not. Goodreads basically acts as my journal. If I read something and forget about whether I liked it or not, it won’t be unusual for me to leave zero stars. That’s not a reflection on the book but rather that my bad memory was back and I couldn’t remember what I had thought of the book.
I enjoy being part of the community at Goodreads and it’s important as a reader and writer to see what books people are enjoying and recommending.
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I decided on 50 books because last year I chose 150 books. It was a mistake. I constantly felt stressed about reading whenever I saw the Goodreads widget tell me I was behind. I actually read less because of it.
That’s why this year I chose a simple 50 books would work for me. I knew from past years it was an achievable number and it wouldn’t pressure me unduly.
I didn’t take into account that I would go on a reading binge in the first six weeks of the year and reach 86% of my goal.
With that in mind, I decided to recalibrate and reset my goal for 100 books. As you can see, I’m at 43% of goal now with 29 books ahead of schedule.
I’m confident I’ll reach this goal, without adding undue pressure on myself. There are a lot of amazing books coming out this year from some of my favorite writers and I can’t wait to read them all!
What’s your 2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge goal?