Since discovering the brilliant website Goodreads a few years ago, my boyfriend and I have always taken part in the Book Challenge. To take part in the Challenge, you choose how many books you want to read that year and the website tracks how well you do.
I did quite well in 2012 (44 of 40), very poor in 2013 (23 of 50) and this year my target has been set back to the more reasonable amount of 30. So far? 2 books read. A long way to go.
But then I read this interesting article in The Guardian which talks about how just focussing on a a numeric target isn’t the aim of the reading game. I can see their point as ticking off the numbers may deter people from reading longer books.
But I also think that is up to the reader and looking through Goodreads we can see that many people do read longer books and get drawn into this worlds and engage with the experience despite the challenge looming large. At the end of the day, reading is a joy and we all read how and what we like.
Since then I’ve been thinking about my goals for this year and how I’d like to try and include elements of both approaches in my reading challenge for the year. I find it useful to have a number to aim for as it reminds me to read (but I don’t take the target number too seriously!) but I’ve also thought about the types of books I want to read this year.
In conclusion, I want to try and read a lot this year but a mix of classics I never got around to reading, more graphic novels, carry on with my Agatha Christie novels and to re-read some of my favourite books (Harry Potter, 1984 etc).
I’m currently reading The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. I read some of the stories when I was much younger but not that I can remember really well so I wanted to try and remind myself!
What are your reading goals for this year?