Most bloggers, actually an awful lot of readers in general set themselves Goodreads Goals. In case you are not sure what this is, it is a number of books that you will set yourself to read in that calendar year. This counter also shows the number of pages you have read, this is a useful tool as ‘books’ can be anything from short stories to epics – it means you can accurately measure the amount you truly are reading.
I set myself a goal this year – 20 books. When I mentioned this to friends and family they all found this a terribly small amount to target myself on but there is a reason I did that. So many people choose to challenge themselves to 104 books for example. In reality two a week is not a lot – but what about the weeks when you are buried in work/assignments and fall behind a couple of books? Or that whole three weeks when you have a reading slump? You may find yourself picking shorter books, speed reading or reading books you simple do not want to to obtain that goal.
You should read a book because you want to and you enjoy it – not because you feel you need to (unless of course you have to for school purposes). I eventually changed mine to 26 and I have now read 64 books with four weeks still to go – but I enjoyed everyone. If I had set myself 104 I would now feel under massive pressure and reading would no longer be a pleasure but a chore.
Do you participate in the Goodreads Challenge if so what are your goals for 2014?