Do you use Goodreads?
March 20, 2017 3:23pm CST
A couple of years back I discovered - later probably than most people - the book site 'Goodreads.com' and I'm currently in my second year of their annual Reading Challenge. I love a good target to aim for and last year, recognising that I'd really not been reading as much as I used to, I set a target to read 40 books in 2016. I smashed my target and completed 71. This year I knew I'd be so busy at work that I didn't want to set a target that would be too tough. I like to win - but I don't like to work TOO hard, if you see what I mean. So I set my target at 52 books - effectively one per week. I like to build up a little bit of a buffer, just in case for any reason I really can't read for a few weeks, and now I'm at 16 books. I think that puts me about 4 ahead of the pro-rata target. Do you use Goodreads, and if you do, are you doing the Reading Challenge? How are you doing?
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21 Mar 17
@boiboing I don't think I'm actually going to hit that target - the only reason I'm currently close is from reading a number of ebooks that were listed on Goodreads but which don't have many pages. Perhaps 30-40 genuine ones at most. Then again, I've also read a whole bunch of stuff that isn't listed, from 1 page up to a couple of dozen. Perhaps some with more. Back when I was at school I did a sponsored read and read 60 books in 6 weeks. I didn't do a whole lot else admittedly. I read so much because I've read a lot and am as a result a pretty fast reader.
• Peoria, Arizona
20 Mar 17
I do use good reads but I don't do the challenge haha it makes me feel like I am in school and pressured to read. When I feel pressured, reading isn't as fun! I do like to keep a list of how many books I have read and it also helps me find so many more books to read.
21 Mar 17
Yes, I'm on Goodreads. I have tried setting my reading challenges a few times but never accomplished any so far. LOL. But that's okay. I set another goal this year - to read just 10 or so books for the year. So far I'm getting close and it's only the first quarter of the year. Funny.