Yearly Goodreads Reading Challenge

It’s June, which marks the halfway point for the year. Every year, for the past 4 years (including 2015), I have participated in the yearly Goodreads Reading Challenge. I have heard a few bad things about it, but also a few good things about it. Here are some of the reasons why I participate:

1. It does keep me accountable towards a goal.
2. It helps me finish a goal.
3. It keeps me reading book after book.

Those are three reasons why I love participating in the Goodreads Reading Challenge. Last year, I had to up my reading challenge twice because I was continuously reading. I read so much at the beginning of the year that by June came around I was more than halfway done with the challenge. However, this year, I am exactly at 25 books out of 50. Last year, my goal (after changing it) was 40. In 2013, it was 35, and in 2012, it was 20. I did start late in 2012, so there is that. 🙂

Anyway, being only half way done this year, I better get cracking!

With that being said, I see the opposing side of this issue. Some people have said being held accountable for reading a certain number of books in a certain time frame is bad because you can feel guilty about not meeting that goal.  I can understand that, but I think my position ties into my TBR pile and not seeing that as a huge commitment. If you haven’t read that post, click here, to find out what I’m talking about. I completely get feeling guilty about not making a goal, because it is something you wanted at a specific time. I think this is a little different because sometimes life throws you curve balls and you cannot control it. You read when you can, and you don’t when you don’t have enough time. Because let’s be real. There truly is not enough time in one day. Speaking as a reader, as well as mother of a toddler, there is never enough time to get everything done.

This year, I have also put more time into my schoolwork than I did last year. But I am still pretty confident that I can make my Goodreads Reading Challenge this year. We will see.

Are any of you doing the Challenge? What are your thoughts?


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  1. I’m doing the challenge as well and I love it for the same reasons you do! I understand about feeling bad if you don’t accomplish your goal, but I think you just need to think about it differently. It’s just a target to aim for, but if you only get to 40 out of 50 books, you still read 40 books this year! I just think if people are feeling bad about it, they just need to change their perspective a bit.

    1. Kendra Kendra says:

      Exactly! 40 is better than nothing! 🙂

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