It's that time of year when everyone is setting their Goodreads challenge. It's a time when I'm always feeling caustically optimistic. It's a brand new year and we've got 365 days to read as many books as we can. Surely I can up my last year's number by 10 books. Right?
Nope... I'm changing things up this year.
In the past few years I've noticed that the Goodreads challenge started to lose it's fun factor for me, especially towards the end of the year. When October or November hits and I'm nowhere near my goal, reading starts to be a chore rather than something I do for fun and relaxation. Instead of reaching for a book I've wanted to read for weeks, I'll pick up multiple novellas because I'm not on track with my challenge. That usually opens the door for a reading slump and it all goes downhill from there.
So when a friend of mine mentioned that she was setting her Goodreads challenge at one book, that really got me thinking. Instead of setting a number of books that'll inevitably look like an uphill battle, why not set it at one book and use the challenge to track your reading?
I know how many books I would love to read this year and instead of seeing "You've read 1 book out of 100," I kind of want to spend the year seeing "Congrats!" I know I haven't hit the magical number, but I'd feel better about the number of books rather than freaking out if I'm 5 books behind schedule. I still have my reading challenges to keep me motivated and to kick my butt throughout the year.
I've since learned that this is actually a thing on Goodreads and I think it is a great idea. I know it's not for everyone and I know that I'll still be incredibly jealous of people that can read 150+ a year. I also know that I can't and I'm good with that.
So whether you have yours set at 20 books or 300, I wish you lots of luck and I hope you discover lots of great books. Happy reading!