Today is the 11th of December. As of the time of me writing this, I have read 39 books of 60 for my Goodreads Reading Challenge. That means I have 21 left in about 20 days. Can I do? Will I do it? Let’s talk about it.
Why did I sign up for 60 books in a year?
And, by extension, why did I participate in the Judge a Book by Its Cover challenge? At the time, I was new to blogging, bushy-tailed and bright-eyed, and they sounded like fun. I wanted to see if I could read things that fit into categories, but I also wanted to challenge myself to read more in general, and even hoped that I would be able to read more consistently. That didn’t exactly happen, unfortunately.
As for the 60 books… Last year, I challenged myself to read 50, I think it was, and succeeded at reading 46, according to Goodreads. I want for 60 because I figured I could use the beginning of the year (as I hadn’t before). Like I said, I wanted to challenge myself. It was right there in the name. Did you challenge yourself?
What was I thinking?
I was thinking that I wanted to read more. I am busy—I work a decent amount, in addition to heavy classes and a long commute, and that isn’t even mentioning social “obligations.” I was thinking that I was new to the community and I wanted to do something that related to the community, and I wanted… I wanted a lot of things, I suppose. I didn’t succeed, unfortunately.
How will I proceed from here?
I intend to proceed with the utmost of optimism. I believe that I can still hit those 60 books of 2015. I’ll be reading a fair few graphic novels (I read Rat Queens and it really got my in the mood—looooved those two volumes) and I hope to finish several books I’ve on my ‘Currently Reading’ list on Goodreads as well. I intend to read books that are a little smaller, maybe, but we’ll see how that part goes.
Will I do it again next year?
At this point, I figure I’ll be doing the Goodreads Reading Challenge again, but we’ll see how many books I’ll set it up to. What do you think?
As a whole, I like the reading challenge. I’ve learned that it doesn’t help with consistency—that is still something I struggle with personally, and something I am working on otherwise, too. I don’t think I’ll be participating in any other challenges: my goal is to read more, not to limit my reading to specific categories (my TBR Jars do give me a fair few options). I’m still figuring out what a reasonable goal will be for me.
Do you participate in reading challenges?
Why? How are you doing in yours?