Reading challenges. Many readers set book targets for themselves, and often actually get around to achieving them – whether fifty, a hundred, or two hundred books in a year. I have participated in the Goodreads Reading Challenge for three successive years, completing (rather having overshot) the number I had set for myself . Although I personally believe the kind of books and quality of literature are more important than the number of books. Fixing a number eggs me on to read more, but I make sure not to compromise on the quality of literature I pick up. I attempted the Book Riot Reading Challenge twice, which focuses on themes rather than overall numbers, and I find this a better way to set reading goals.
This year, a group of us runners decided on a yearly goal of forty two books, in keeping with the marathon distance of 42.195 kilometers. (26.219 miles would have just meant lesser books, hence the choice of kilometers). Forty two books in a year seems like a viable enough goal, if I read at the rate of three to four books a month. (I’m down two books this month already). But the idea is not to get carried away with numbers and focus on the quality of literature – there has to be learning at the end of the day.
I look forward to a fabulous bookish year with a mix of fiction and non-fiction, both paperbacks and e-books. (Audiobooks are not considered against my overall count, since you’re technically not reading them.)