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? 🙂