I started doing Goodreads Reading Challenges in 2015. In 2014, I read probably 7 books. I don’t remember exactly, but I mention this because in 2015, I set what I thought was a super conservative, easy to reach goal of 13 books. I read two. TWO books. So embarrassing. What kind of bookworm was I?!! I was finally forced to confront my reading issues face to face, which was why I’d dragged on signing up for the challenge in the first place. I didn’t want to know how bad it was.
Since then, however, I’ve met the goal every year, even if it was just barely.
2016, I set a goal of 16 books. I read 17, though one of the books I marked as finished I had only skimmed though – a nonfiction book – but that book was repetitive and terrible. In addition to that, I read 9 other non-fiction books, a few of which could almost qualify as pamphlets, 3 Dr. Seuss books, which is how I met my goal, 1 comic book that was pretty dense, and 3 fiction books, though one of them was a short story.
Still, I considered that year to be a success, though I desperately wanted to read more fiction the next year. Non-fiction books are fine, but they aren’t going to inspire me in a creative sense, except Big Magic, which I read that year. I was told picture books count by multiple people, so I do count them the first time I read them because they still take time to read, but I still wanted more substance, you know. Of course, graphic novels and comics count, no problem. ^_^
2017, I raised my goal to 23 books. Now I’m really challenging myself! Lol! But seriously, baby steps, people. 😛 I read 23 books, broken down in the following ways: 4 picture books, 4 novellas, 7 graphic novels and comic books, 2 non-fiction books, 1 play, and 5 fiction books, two of which were anthologies. That’s pretty good, right? I mean, for someone who was barely reading a couple of years before? ^_^
In 2018, I raised my reading goal to 26 books. Again, baby steps. I barely scrapped by with 23 the year before. However, in 2018, I’d read 26 books by the end of February! Broken down as 7 picture books, 5 graphic novels, 1 short story, 5 non-fiction books (three of which were audiobooks), 1 poetry book, and 7 fiction books. I wasn’t trying to get ahead of my goal or anything, I just wanted to read, so I did. I tentatively raised the goal to 36, I think. And later to 52. I ended up with 57 reads for the year, which I felt really good about!
In 2019, I set a goal to read 60 books, and I read exactly 60 books in the form of 12 poetry books, 24 fiction books, 4 non-fiction reads, 4 picture books, and 16 books that are a combination of graphic novels, manga, and comic books. I wanted to read one more, but I ran out of steam in December.
My longterm goal used to be to read two books a week, putting me over 100 for the year. However, I got a taste of what that might entail last year. To meet that goal of 60 books, I needed to average 5 a month. I know there are people who read like 15+ books a month, and I’m so jealous, but like, 60 was way ambitious for me. So ambitious I decided to keep my future reading goals around 52 to 60 books a year. I no longer feel the need to try and reach 100.
Namely because last year, I almost felt like I had a part time job as a reader. My payment: super exciting mental rollercoaster rides, of course! But still, it was a lot.
The reason I wanted to work on my reading 5 years ago is because I feel the most my level of normal when I’m reading. The only thing that makes me just as happy is writing, but only when it’s going well.
In any case, I am a smidge behind right now, by like 7 books, I think, but that’s okay. I think the fact that I’m only 7 books behind and I’ve only finished one thing in the last three months is amazing. And the point of having a reading goal is to make sure I’m making time to read, and I am, so it’s a win-win situation, and I’m still way ahead of where I was 5 years ago. That said, I can totally still hit 53 books this year. I’m pretty confident. ^_^