Goodreads Book Goals: Complete!


What a year it has been! I don’t know how many of you are familiar with Goodreads, but maybe you know that, every year, it lets you set yourself a challenge. You are asked how many books you want to read that year, and then, as you update your account with every new book you have finished, it tells you whether you’re on track, ahead or behind the schedule you set yourself.

I challenged myself to read 50 books during 2016—a conservative number, by all accounts—but even then, I ran into a spot of trouble…

50 books is not a lot to read. Stephen King himself said, in On Writing, that he reads anywhere from 70 to 80 books a year, and only because he’s a slow reader. I would love to read those many myself, but, having a full time job and trying to start a career as an author, it’s a bit difficult to find the time 😦

I decided on 50, then, because I thought it would be simple. It would be doable.

What I didn’t expect was how incredibly stupid I would be about it.

Let’s take a look at some of the books I’ve read, okay? There’s the whole Harry Potter saga. There’s Robert Harris’s Imperium trilogy. There’s 12 Discworld novels and such page-turners as The Worm at the Core. Very heavy reads indeed! And then I had some dry periods when I didn’t have any time to read—like NaNoWriMo, for instance.

On the other hand, I have to admit I cheated a bit. If you through my list, you will find a few books like the Ladybird parody ones or such thin books as How to Be an Alien or We Should All Be Feminists. They made up for the huge bulk of Harry Potter and Robert Harris!

I will be doing this challenge again in 2017, and I will probably aim for the same amount: 50 books. That is how much I can realistically achieve while juggling with my personal and professional life. It’s a shame, since, as an author, I really need to read as much as possible, so that I will always have fresh ideas and keep up with new releases. We’ll see if I can find a better balance next year!

What about you? Will you be challenging taking up Goodreads’ challenge? 🙂


32 thoughts on “Goodreads Book Goals: Complete!

  1. I love Goodreads; it’s such a great site! I joined some years ago, and always challenge myself. 50 seems like a lot to read in one year, I myself have “only” read 37. I too have read the Harry Potter series (<3) and cheated with some easy ones. It is so cool that you are an aspiring writer!

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  2. My challenge was 50 books too. I ‘m an author and wanted to juggle freelance writing/creative writing/blogging/life as well in 2016 – I was very pleased to have read 51 books! Am aiming for 50 books again for 2017, this is my reality – I think any more is difficult -SK must be a reading fiend. 🙂

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  3. I challenged myself to 150 books this year and somehow seem to have exceeded it although this was mostly due to reading a lot of short books and novellas. Next year I weirdly want to read less but take more time to enjoy what I do read so planning to drop my target to 100.

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  4. good for you!
    I used to be a rapacious reader, but this died off with the onset of cellphone distractions.
    I vowed to read 12 books this year; I read 21, so I am pleased. Having a kindle was helpful.

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  5. This year I challenged myself with 30 books and ended up reading around 70. But next year I’m going to be busier with school and all, so I decided to aim for 30 books again, and then, if I reach that goal, try to change it to 50 books 🙂

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  6. I only joined Goodreads a couple of days ago and up to that point kept a record of the books I had read on Pintrest. Was pleasantly surprised at 26 as I had no goal whatsoever and lots of unexpected things cropping up in 2016. Might challenge myself now from 12 to 30. Thanks Miguel and good luck with your target and the writing!

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  7. I’ve been a Goodreads member for a while now, and I always challenge myself to 30 books a year, which is a realistic number for me. I don’t feel pressurized to read faster, so I can enjoy each read no matter how long it takes. I usually read a few more than that each year, but I only managed 30 in 2016. This may have been because I did NaNoWriMo for the first time. I also like the fact that I can keep track of what I’ve read by going back to Goodreads and looking them up.

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    1. It all depends on how much spare time you have 🙂 other than working and writing, I’m not really up to much at the moment–and it also helps that I spend all my breaks at work reading :’) 25 is still a lot, though! Most people barely get past 10 per year

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  8. Great job on reading 50 books! I only read 28 books in 2016, including the Potter series. In 2017, I’ll read at least 50 books. This Saturday, I’m going to publish my partial 2017 reading list on my blog. I’m leaving room on the list to add books I discover throughout the year.

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