With the end of the year fast approaching so is this year’s Goodreads’ challenge and I am once again reminded how Goodreads changed my reading life.
For most of my life, I have been a fairly voracious reader but once I had kids, reading became lower and lower on my priority list. Fast forward to 2008: my kids were now teenagers so I was reading on a more regular basis when I discovered a local author through a display in a now closed book store. I joined the author’s Yahoo group where I met like-minded readers who introduced me to the wonders of electronic readers. Now I was so far behind the curve in eBooks that I fervently shopped all the on line retailers and I amassed a huge TBR pile. The only problem? I spent so much time searching for bargains and chatting with my on line friends that reading once again fell low on the priority list.
In March 2010, a friend told me about Goodreads and I eagerly added all of my eBook purchases to my Goodreads “to read” shelf. I was immediately embarrassed to discover that my TBR pile was actually a TBR mountain range . Well, I decided right then and there that I needed to get my rear end out of the computer chair and into my recliner so I could start making a dent in that shockingly huge TBR mountain. I continued to buy books, but, at long last, I was finally reading as much as I was shopping.
Since I was mainly using Goodreads to track my “to read” and “read” books, I was blissfully unaware of all the wonders of the site so it wasn’t until 2011 I learned about the Goodreads’ Reading Challenge. Suddenly I had a way to not only track the books I read in one year (!), but I could set a goal for myself too. Since the year was partly over, I set a modest goal of 275 books and Yay! I went over my goal and read 283 books. In 2012, I set a goal of 300 books and again, I went over by two books. In 2013, I left my goal at 300 and whew, I read that 300th book on New Year’s Eve.
Even though I barely met my 2013 goal, I decided 300 books was still a realistic goal for 2014. Using the handy little tracker, I noticed I was lagging behind for the first few months of this year. Then summer hit and somehow, I had managed to get ahead. Suddenly, not a day went by that I wasn’t reading one book and sometimes two, if they were short. And low and behold, by December 1st, I had already met my 2014 Goodreads’ Reading Challenge!
So, what does this mean for my 2015 Reading Challenge? Well, I’m going to go the safe route and stick with 300 books. I know I can knock that out and if I go over? Well, that’s just an added bonus!!
Oh yeah, remember that shockingly embarrassing TBR mountain? Well, I’m still climbing that mountain but I have my doubts I’ll ever reach the top 😉
How about you? Do you set reading goals or participate in the Goodread’s Reading Challenge?