It’s an incomplete list as I did do some reading towards the beginning of the year (a failed attempt at tackling my ever growing TBR) that I never logged. I will probably add those books to Goodreads at some stage but probably won’t put in the dates as I can’t remember what I read at the beginning of 2016 compared to what I read during 2015. But, it does show what I’ve read since the holiday to Lanzarote I mentioned. In fact, 6 of the 7 books were read on that particular holiday.
When you compare it with someone, for example, Leah @ Girl vs Books’ Reading Stats (197 books in 2016), my measly 7 books pales in comparison. As in my reading pile is a man on the moon and everybody else’s read piles are planets. In fact, Leah read the equivalent of every book on my shelf and some last year.
Big Goals, Little Reader
This year Leah has set her goal to 150 books and 100-200 book goals feature frequently on my Goodreads dashboard. What I try to remember when I see these huge goals is that often they’ve been doing this for a while. They spent time getting really good at it. Who knows, maybe they don’t watch TV? I feel it would be like a couch potato attempting a marathon with zero prep (but probably not quite as hard if I put my mind to it). So with that in mind, I set my Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge to a realistic (maybe?) 20 books.
Why that particular number? Because 20 is over double what I read last year. If you factor in the books missing from my Goodreads Reading Stats for 2016, it’s probably exactly double what I read last year.
I hear you: “but you read those seven books in the last two months of the year so surely you could read six times that amount?” Well, I read 6 of those books while on holiday. I was out of the country with zero work and personal commitments. Just 7 days of doing what I wanted, when I wanted. Also, I did a fair amount of reading while on a plane so you know… As much as I’d love to be on holiday all year round, I just can’t.
So rather than drowning myself in stress over a large number, I kept my target small, knowing that I could adjust it if I want throughout the year. If I beat 20, then I can increase the number again or just see how many books I can really read in a year and I’ve got a handful of other challenges I’m keen to try out too.
Now, we’re nearly six months down the line from when I originally set this goal. Here’s a look at my reading stats for 2017 so far. As you can see, I’m over halfway (three books ahead of schedule according to Goodreads). With my participation in the Series Crackdown Readathon and other challenges and readathons I hope to participate in throughout the year, it’s looking entirely likely that I’ll complete this goal with a lot of time to spare.
You can also see my progress on the 2017 Reading Challenges page.