To a lot of people (particularly non-book bloggers), 75 books is still a ton and I definitely acknowledge that. So please don’t feel bad if your goal is 10, 25, or 50 and that feels like a lot to you! We all have different numbers to aim for. 🙂
In previous years I read up to 150 books, so when compared to that, 75 does feel like a drop down.
If I look back on 2012 and 2013, part of me was eager to devour everything in sight. Reading a high number of books was exciting. Maybe I thought it was ‘cool’ to be able to say I read 150 books in a year. As a result, I had a lot more low ratings, which kind of makes sense. The more books you read, the more likely you’re going to find ones you enjoy less.
Now I’m more focused on quality than quantity
But in 2016 and for 2017, I’m less focused on reading tons of books. Instead, I want to read good books. I want to really love every single book I pick up. I’ve decided I’d rather read fewer books but have a lot of 4-5 stars, than read more books and end up with more 1-3 star ratings. I want to focus in on the books that sound truly awesome, rather than ones that sound like they are “maybe okay”.
These days, I’m not as goal oriented
- I don’t want to force myself to read new books only (versus re-reading old favourites).
- I don’t want to insist that I read x contemporary books or y fantasy books.
- I don’t want to control where I get my books from (review copies vs purchased).
These days I’m just so, whatever. I want to read what I want, when I want without making myself feel bad or guilty if I’m straying from some arbitrary goal.
- If I want to request from NetGalley, I will.
- If I want to re-read Harry Potter twice instead of finding new books, I will.
- If I want to only read contemporary books for six months, I will.
- If I want to read 20 books without reviewing them, I will.
My only real goal is going to be to enjoy myself. I set my Goodreads challenge to 75 books, but I mostly just set that to track progress out of curiosity. If I only read 50, that’s fine. I’m not fussed about the number, I just think it’s fun to see a progress bar, even if I never hit it.
Just to reiterate: if you have set tons and tons of goals for yourself, that’s absolutely fine. I’m not saying that’s bad, it’s just not what I want to do for me this year. 🙂