A lady surprised me this past May when I attended the Ohioana Book Festival, and she announced that she regularly reads 80+ books a year. Then she asked me what my average was. She left me speechless because in all honesty, I had no idea. I confess, I never had an official number of books I wanted to read in a year. My goal was always “as many as I can”. With a “day job” and a young family, that always seemed good enough. But since I discovered Goodreads’ “my reading challenge”, I admit I’ve been hooked.
So how did I do in 2014? According to my Goodreads’ profile, which you can feel free to “friend” me on (my account is under Rebecca Henderson Palmer), my 2014 goal was 55 books, and (to date), I’ve read 58. So 105% to plan. As a scientist used to much less decisive outcomes, that isn’t bad. Yet conventional wisdom tells you to take any of your previous year’s goals and to increase the outcome by 10% the following year. Uh oh. Do I think I can read 60.5 books in 2015? I expect I could, if I really pushed myself. (I still have no idea how that one woman at Ohioana reads over 80 per year, but kudos to her. She must not have a preschooler at home.) But sometimes, just taking your good ol’ time with your nose in a book that is simply delightful – a time when quality is more important than quantity – seems more than worth it.
So, I’ll stick with the old tried and true. Goodreads challenge or not, my old standard of “as many as I can” will always be my default, whether that be 55, 65, or 80. Well, probably not 80. 🙂
What about you? Do you have a yearly reading goal? If so, would you share it?