If you’re on Goodreads, you’ve probably used or at least seen the reading challenge tool, which allows you to choose how many books you want to read in a year. It shows you your progress by percentage, and you can also keep track of the genres you read most.
These are the results of my 2013 goal:
I managed that 150% only because I got my hands on books in dead-tree form again once I got back from China, and I couldn’t stop myself from devouring book after book. My goal for 2014 is still 40, as halfway through the year I may suddenly not have access to books the way I do now. More on that at a later date.
Goodreads also allows you to view some collective challenge stats for all users. I was a little disheartened by my own reading habits upon seeing this:
Really? 60 books per challenge on average? Granted, I know Goodreads is a community of readers…but the average American reads much less than that. I’m not sure of the exact number; it must be somewhere between seven and seventeen.
60 seems awfully high. I think that average must come because of a few outliers who set their goals at 300. However, I’m even more skeptical about the 55 people who already completed their challenge nine days into the new year. I guess not everyone aims high…
Do any of you have a 2014 reading goal, whether on Goodreads or otherwise?