I have been a Goodreads member since 2013, and every year since 2014 I have participated in the annual Goodreads Reading Challenge, wherein users set themselves a goal for how many books they will read over the course of the year. For various reasons (the principal one being I chose not to include re-read books) I have yet to successfully complete a reading challenge; and progress on my current one isn’t going so well. I am way behind schedule.
The poor progress I’ve made so far seems even more pronounced to me because over the past couple of weeks I have congratulated a handful of Goodreads users (whom I’m either friends with or following) for completing their challenges several months ahead of schedule, while many others are well on course to achieving the same within the next few weeks. Though some of these readers set themselves relatively modest targets, others have set themselves three figure goals that dwarf my own (so I don’t really have an excuse).
At present, I’m embarrassed to admit that I have only finished six books as part of my attempt to read twenty-five titles in 2017. Admittedly, I didn’t begin my reading challenge until May but it’s been a pitiful effort on my part so far, especially when you consider that all but two of the books were read this month. However, seeing the progress made by others has boosted my motivation to complete my challenge this time around; and I certainly need the added encouragement because the four books I read this month have put a dent in my enthusiasm. While I dislike to call the work of other authors as terrible, I have no trouble saying that the titles in question were such a chore to read they each received 1 star ratings from me. And truth be told, I feel as though I was being generous in awarding them that much.
Having deliberately set myself such a low goal, I am reasonably confident that I will complete my reading challenge before the end of the year. But that being said, I really want to test myself further by seeing just how soon before the last day of 2017 I can achieve it. As the year is about to enter its fourth and final quarter, my first task is to get my challenge back on schedule. According to Goodreads I am twelve books behind schedule so I am setting myself a mini challenge of finishing twelve books during the month of October. I’ve compiled the list of books I plan to read, and though it’s unlikely I’ll successfully finish all twelve by the end of October, I will be disappointed if I don’t do at least half. It will probably require lots of late nights but I am up for the challenge.
If you are a Goodreads user, how is your reading challenge going? Have you completed it already, or getting close to doing so? Or are you, like me, way behind schedule? If so, do you plan to take steps to get it done? Let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for reading,