a review of the 12th book I've read so far this year. Four months into 2019, I'm FIVE books ahead of schedule and halfway to reaching my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal of 24 books. (As I said in the comments to Jess, "Now watch me tank out for the rest of the year...!")
I've had the same Goodreads challenge goal for a couple of years now. I reached 24 books in 2016, fell short at 17 in 2017, and then exceeded my goal with 27 books read last year. I did wonder if I should set a slightly more ambitious goal this time around, but decided to leave it the same for another year & see how I did this time. If I manage to exceed 24 books this year, particularly if it's by a significant margin, I'll probably increase my goal for 2020.
What's made the difference for me, so far? (The list of "things that help me read more books" that I posted a year or so ago still applies.) I think all the book clubs/challenges I've been joining have certainly helped. The Goodreads challenge has helped keep me on track and mindful of my goal, for sure. Joining the local library book club earlier this year means I'm reading at least one book a month I wouldn't have read before. (I'll be attending my second meeting tonight!) My D.E. Stevenson group goes through about several of the author's novels a year, with a chapter by chapter discussion. There are a couple of other book clubs/discussions I may be taking part in soon, too.
The trick will be to maintain the incentive and participate in the clubs/challenges, without making it become a chore/too stressful. Reading is supposed to be fun, after all...!
What are you reading lately? Are you taking part in any challenges or book clubs?
You can find more of this week's #MicroblogMondays posts here.