Ally’s post last month convinced me to take part in the Goodreads Reading Challenge. I’ve challenged myself to read 50 books for 2017. That’s less than a book a week. Doable, right?
2016: 44 books read
2015: 53 books read
2014: 34 books read
2013: 46 books read
2012: 52 books read
So, in the last 5 years I’ve only hit that fifty-target twice. Which kinda sounds appalling for a writer, but I’m not counting the bits and pieces I’ve been reading from research books for my PhD. Sigh. Yes, it’s true—I’m just searching for excuses.
So, in an effort to reach my target I’ve created a bit of plan:
- To read at least one book from each LoveCat this year. That’s 13 books.
- I’m part of a monthly book group. That’s 11 books (we do drinks in Dec rather than a book ;-) ).
- I have 6 RITA books.
- So far I’ve read 6 books for the year (though one is the book group selection). So that’s another 5 books.
All of that adds up to 35 books.
Now all I have to do is add another 15 books and I’ll have met my target. But how should I choose those 15 books. Should they come from:
- My Kindle TBR pile? I have soooo many on my device waiting to be read.
- Then there’s the serendipitous impulse buys that will need to be read immediately.
- What about the physical cupboard full of paperbacks I’ve yet to read?
I could simply choose 5 from each, and Voila, my target will be met. :)
What about you, do you ever organise your reading into lists like this or are you more footloose and fancy-free?
And is there one book this year you really have to read and think I should add to my list? Recommendations are always welcome. :)