In 2013, I challenged myself to read 40 books. I knew I wanted to read more this past year when I realized I had only read about a dozen books in 2012, and as it turns out, 2011 wasn’t much better.
After a few years of not reading as much as I’d like, I’m happy to say I reached my goal of 40 books!
I was on track with my goal throughout the year, but as 2013 was winding down, I was dangerously close to being one book short! Here’s what made reaching my goal difficult and what I plan to do differently this year:
- I didn’t set my goal until several months into the year. I knew I wanted to read more, but it wasn’t until I discovered the Goodreads Reading Challenge that I decided to set a specific reading goal.
I’m hoping that by starting the year off with a number in mind, reaching that number will be easier.
- I didn’t take into consideration how little I would be able to read during the entire month of November for National Novel Writing Month. It was tough to stay on track when I was spending every spare minute writing!
This is where audiobooks are a great solution. Even when I don’t have time to read at home or on my lunch break, I can listen to an audiobook for an hour a day on my commute so that I don’t fall too far behind.
- Reading longer books may have set me back. I read all 800 plus pages of King’s 11/22/63 when I could have read two or three books in that same time frame.
A reading challenge shouldn’t deter readers from choosing longer books – that defeats the purpose! I just have to get creative with the timing of the books I read.
Why set a reading goal? I like that having a goal makes me look at my reading habits and think about how much time I spend reading. It’s not so much about the quantity of books I can read in a year but about focusing on reading as much as I can because I enjoy it.
I’ve been thinking about what my goal should be for 2014. I’d like to challenge myself to read even more this upcoming year, but I want to make the goal a reasonable one.
I think I’ve settled on 44 books in 2014.
How did I arrive at that number? It’s a mixture of art and science, really. Mostly because 44 in 2014 has a nice ring to it, but also because it’s a slightly higher goal that still seems attainable.
If you’re thinking about taking on a reading challenge in 2014, check out my tips for Reaching your Reading Goals.
Will you be setting a reading goal for 2014? Let’s hear it!