I’m Halfway To My Goodreads Goal

For the past couple of years, I’ve pledged to read 52 books in one year – that’s one book a week. I usually go above and beyond, especially since I tend to read two books a week during the summer. This year was no exception to that goal, but… I’ve been in a reading slump for practically half of the year.

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I’ve gotten into reading slumps in the past but have always managed to reach my Goodreads goal. This is usually because I end up reading middle-grade level books or something of the kind. Not because they’re short and quick, but because I actually enjoy those kinds of books. It just helps out that they happen to be short and quick reads. But if they’re good and I enjoy them, then who cares how long they are and how long it takes me to read them?

I’ve always been the type of person to not rush through books. Reading one book a week is a good pace for me since I can typically read between 50 and 100 pages a day.

And yet, I’ve gone into a hardcore reading slump for the past few months. No matter what I try to do, I just don’t feel like reading. I’ve been going to the library and picking out textbooks for research on various topics so maybe I’ll review those books down the road. It’d be something different, at least. Still, I haven’t been reading the typical novel.

We’re now about a week into October which means there are only three months left in the year. My Goodreads goal still stands at 52 books and, according to my Goodreads, I’ve only read 14 books. This is because I haven’t been updating it at all and haven’t in a few months. Scrolling through the reviews I’ve posted on here this year, I have read and reviewed 26 books.

26 is half of 52, I know that math at least. I’m actually shocked that I reached at least half of my original goal.

Looking at the weeks ahead, I need to read about two books a week with two of those weeks reading three books if I were to reach 52 books this year.

I’m not saying I’m going to do this. I’ve been in a slump for so long that I really don’t want to try to bombard myself with books again all the sake of reaching a virtual goal.

But I’m also not saying this isn’t an impossible thing to do. I want to get back into the habit of reading again. Who knows, if I find a new spark with a certain book or two, I may actually just reach the 52-book goal.

Do you have a Goodreads goal? Have you met it yet? Let me know in the comments below. If you liked this post, please share it around!

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2 thoughts on “I’m Halfway To My Goodreads Goal

  1. My goal is 104 books. That’s two books a week, which is usually much less than I read. I used to set it higher, and still pass it, but I’m doing more than just alternating between reading and writing when I’m not sleeping these days, so set it to a lower for me goal this year to reflect that. I’ve so far read 82 books, which puts me just a couple of books ahead of my goal. So I’m not worried about my ability to complete it, but I am glad I set it to 104, rather than the 150 or higher I used to set it to.

    Anyway, good luck with yours. Yes, it’s doable. But as long as you try to get some reading in, it doesn’t matter how many books you end up reading. Also, you can read whatever kinds of books you enjoy. I read everything from children’s books and short stories that are only a few pages long, to 1000 page fantasy novels, and everything in between. They all count, regardless of length, genre, reading level, or format.

    • Glad to hear you’re doing well on your goals but also that you didn’t try to go above and beyond.

      Yes, I tend to read a lot of middle grade books which are quick reads for me. And I agree, as long as I enjoy what I read, it doesn’t matter how much I read.

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