Although I joined Goodreads almost two years ago, I didn’t actually begin using it much until May of this year.
I decided I needed a goal to shoot for with reading since I never used to keep track of how many books I read.
I’ve always known it was over a hundred, easily. And the nice thing about Goodreads is that you can’t count a re-read book on your goal for the year.
As many of you know, I’m a huge advocate of re-reading, but the last few years, I rarely stepped out of my comfortable books and was re-reading almost exclusively. Though my bookcase is massive and even re-reading, I still wouldn’t re-read all the books I’ve read in a year.
So, a few weeks back, I hit my goal of 100 non-re-read books this year.
I still re-read a bit, though, so the total number of books I’ve read is almost 200.
I’ll do another goal next year, and I still have three weeks to read as many books as I can this year.
It’s been refreshing, as the new books have recharged my creative juices and I’m so much better at analyzing and critiquing authors’ books. I’ve definitely learned a lot and am excited to continue my learning streak.
Anybody else use Goodreads’ book challenge? Has it helped? Not made a difference?
Happy writing! (And reading!)
“We don’t want to feel less when we have finished a book; we want to feel that new possibilities of being have been opened to us. We don’t want to close a book with a sense that life is totally unfair and that there is no light in the darkness; we want to feel that we have been given illumination.”
― Madeleine L’Engle,
“Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourses of my book friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.”
― Helen Keller,