Goodreads Challenge: Quality Over Quantity

I never used to read. When I was younger, I read the books assigned to me in school and didn’t enjoy most of them. It turned me off of reading.

I read more as I got older, but it wasn’t until I started this blog and decided to do book reviews that I started reading regularly… which, if I’m to be honest, was the main reason I started reviewing books. It would hold me accountable to actually read.

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The Goodreads challenge is something that has really made me get into reading. I’m competitive and I love seeing a chart increase with my progress. For the past couple of years I’ve set my challenge goal to 52 books – which means I plan to read one book a week.

For me, this is a steady goal and it’s easy to keep up with. No joke, I’ve seen people aim to read 300 books in a year. If that works for you, great, but I feel like that’s a bit much. If I read 300 books in one year, I’d have to read about 6 books in one week. That’s almost a book a day. Unless I only read picture books and graphic novels, I don’t have the time to read a book a day.

Would that be wonderful and awesome? Yes, but I do have life things to deal with.

When it comes to reading books, I like to think quality chumps quantity. I want to take my time with the books I read and enjoy them, not inhale them.

For me, a week is a perfect amount of time to get through a book. I aim to read 50-100 pages a day so I can easily get through a book that’s 300-500 pages long. Though, most of the books I read are typically between 200-400 pages.

There have been times I’ve read more than one book in one week depending on the length and how much free time I end up with during that week. That’s always a nice treat and then I’m able to get ahead with my reading.

Even though my goal is 52 books, I aim for more because I like to break records. I still take my time though because I think books should be savored.

If it’s a really good one, I want to stay in that world for as long as I can.

How do you do with your Goodreads reading challenge? Do you aim for a lot of books or a little? Let me know in the comments below. If you liked this post, please share it around.

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21 thoughts on “Goodreads Challenge: Quality Over Quantity

  1. I usually aim for about a 100 books a year. Including comic books and such. But this year it’s been really hard to keep up with my goal. I’ll be please if I manage to reach 50 I think.I think I should cut down and account for life too.

  2. I was like you when I was younger: I hated reading. Unfortunately, even though I try to read a lot more these days, I’m still a slow reader and this is the first year I actually decided to “take” the Goodreads challenge so I stuck to the 10 Books in a year as they suggest. A bit low compared to some, I know, and I can read a book in a week if I really push myself (I read The Subtle Knife in a day in high school), but I feel setting such a high goal for myself not only made me feel overwhelmed straight away but also feel like a chore, making me reluctant to even start. Funnily enough, 13 of the 14 books I’ve read this year are comics.

    • You have to do what works for you. I think 10 is a great goal if you want to go slow and steady. Also, there’s room to go above an beyond, which it seems like you’re doing. As long as you’re enjoying yourself, that’s all that matters.

  3. First of all, I would like to say that I do think quality of reading matters more than quantity. Every time I mention the number of books I read, and someone says about how they don’t read nearly as many, I point that out. It’s better for someone to read 2 books in a year, and enjoy the reading experience, than read 200 and be so busy trying to reach their goal that reading becomes a chore.

    Having said that, I’m one of those who can usually get through a couple of hundred books in a year. I read a lot, often have trouble sleeping, and read books of various lengths (from short picture books to 1000 page bricks). Basically, it all adds up, and I end up reading a couple of hundred books most years. One year I actually read a little over 340 (yes, you did read that number correctly). At one point I was setting my challenge high to challenge myself to actually keep doing that kind of thing, but I’ve now started setting it a bit lower. My Goodreads reading goal for this year is 150 books. For most people I’m aware that’s a big number, but it’s a number I should be able to achieve (despite currently being a bit behind schedule due to health issues and the reading of several long books over the past couple of months). I’ll just read a batch of the shorter books I have on my Kindle, and be caught up in no time.

    • I think it’s great that you can read so much in one year. I agree you don’t want it to become a chore, but you’re right – it does all add up.

  4. I set my goal very attainable – only 16 books. I managed to complete that already and am at 20 so far. Next year, I won’t be so shy about setting my goal. 🙂

  5. I try to be reasonable with my goals and set up around 24 to 36. This way, I can take my time or fall a little bit behind and be able to make it up later when I get in a groove again.

    • Yeah, that’s a good idea. That’s about 2-3 a month right? I think that’s a reasonable amount with room to read more or less like you said.

  6. There’s also the whole savouring of a good book. You know? When it’s so good you have to put it down and leave yourself in a cliffhanger so you can enjoy the rest of it the next day while you lie in bed speculating how it will continue. I love that feeling and reading 6 books a day doesn’t give you that thrill unless its a series.

    • That’s a good point. I’ll admit, if a book is that good I end up reading it in a day or two if I’m able, if not one sitting. I don’t have any self-control like that, lol.

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