Why I Am Cutting My Goodreads Goal In Half

goodreadsAs we’re nearing the end of 2016 I have been thinking more about what goals I want to set for 2017.  For a reader who loves using Goodreads, a major part of that is deciding what to set my Goodreads reading goals at.  For 2017 I have decided that I am going to cut my Goodreads goal IN HALF.

I have been participating in the Goodreads challenge since 2013. Since I started book blogging in 2014 I have significantly increased the number of books that I read every year.  In 2015 I set my goal at 75 books originally but passed that a little over halfway through the year so I increased it to 110.goodreads-reading-challenges

In 2016 I decided to set my initial goal at 110 and I ended up passing that goal a few months ago.  With my success at surpassing my goals you might be wondering why I have decided to cut my goal in half.  Well, I have several reasons that really all add up to the same thing: pressure.goodreads-2016

  • I’m a very competitive person, even with myself so when I log in to Goodreads and see that I’m 1 book ahead of schedule for my goal, all that makes me want to do is increase that number to 2 and then 3 and then 4, etc. I want to get as far ahead as I possibly can.  That means I’m putting pressure on myself to read as fast as I can and as many books as I can.
  • Over the past year I often found myself choosing what books to read solely based on the page counts rather than what I felt like reading.  Because of that, I’ve been neglecting a lot of the bigger books (500+ pages) that I’ve been wanting to read because it would take me longer to add a finished book to my goal.  Example: I absolutely LOVE the Outlander series but I haven’t finished one of the books since last DECEMBER! I had been holding off on starting book 6 until recently because it is so massive.
  • In addition to avoiding the bigger books, I’ve also been avoiding the classics, non-fiction, and a lot of adult fiction I’ve been wanting to read because those take me a little bit longer to read than YA fiction.  Obviously there is nothing wrong with reading YA books, I love YA. But I also love other genres so I’ve been feeling a little guilty about excluding some of those just because it takes me longer to read them.
  • When I start feeling guilty, I end up having a hard time being in the mood to read.  Nothing I pick up feels right so I end up spending days to weeks at a time not reading anything at all.  And then when I do feel like reading again, I feel behind so I start picking up the shorter books again.  And the cycle just repeats itself.  I have had a lot of reading slumps this year.  I hate that!  I shouldn’t feel guilty about what I do or don’t read.
  • In addition to the above reasons I also have some other things that I will be working on in my personal life that will take up more of my free time.

Overall, I’m just looking to cut out some of the stress and pressure in my life because this past year has been incredibly stressful.  So I will not be participating in any other challenges and will also probably cut back on any readathon participation as well.  I will still be here blogging and posting on my social media sites.  In addition to cutting back on my Goodreads challenge, I will also be limiting my ARC and review requests so I have more time to devote to the books that I have been neglecting.

What are you planning to set your Goodreads goal at for 2017?

 

The Goodreads Book Tag

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I have been seeing the Goodreads book tag on a lot of blogs lately and it looked like fun so I decided to tag myself!  To see more of my Goodreads, feel free to add me here!


What is the last book you marked as “READ”?

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

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What are you currently reading?

My current physical read is The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson.  I am also listening to The Great Hunt for my audiobook re-read.

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What was the last book you marked as “TO READ”?

All the Little Liars by Charlaine Harris – I was approved for this ARC yesterday via NetGalley.  I loved the Sookie Stackhouse series and have been meaning to read her other series so I’m excited to read this one.

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What book do you plan on reading next?

I’m not exactly sure yet.  I anticipate finishing The Heart of Betrayal by Monday and I haven’t quite finalized my August TBR yet so we will see what I’m in the mood for on Tuesday.

Do you use the star rating system?

Yes, I do.  I only wish that Goodreads allowed half stars.  Sometimes it is too hard to decide between the whole star ratings so it would be a lot easier if we could use half stars.

Are you doing the 2016 Reading Challenge?

I am!  My goal this year is 110 and I’m already way ahead of schedule so I’ve been debating increasing my goal.

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Do you have a wishlist?

I definitely do.  It’s such an easy way to keep track of the books that I really want.  Also makes it easy when it is close to my birthday and Christmas to show friends and family what I’m hoping for 🙂

What book do you plan on buying next?

Beyond the books I have pre-ordered I don’t really have a plan to buy any.  I’m trying to be better about buying books this year.  So my next pre-ordered book to be released is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!

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What is your favorite quote?

I have a lot of favorite quotes but the one that really speaks to me right now is the following from L.M. Montgomery in Anne of Green Gables.

“It was November – – the month of crimson sunsets, parting birds, deep, sad hymns of the sea, passionate wind-songs in the pines.  Anne roamed through the pineland alleys in the park and, as she said, let that great sweeping wind blow the fogs out of her soul.”

Fall is my absolute favorite time of year, November especially because of my birthday and the weather.  This quote embodies everything I love about fall.

Who are your favorite authors?

Jane Austen, Robert Jordan, Lauren Bird Horowitz, Sarah J. Maas, Colleen Hoover, Diana Gabaldon – just to name a few.

Are you a part of any Goodreads groups?

Yes.  I’m in a couple of book clubs and a group dedicated to polls.

What could Goodreads do better?

Like I mentioned above, allowing us to give half star ratings would greatly improve the rating system.  Also, it would be great if there would be a way to easily record re-reads including the dates.


I tag anyone who wants to do this tag!

Goodreads Challenge Complete!

As of last night I have completed my 2015 Goodreads Challenge (again)!  I had originally set my goal for 75 books but ended up surpassing that goal months ago.  So I decided to up my goal to read one more book than I read last year.  Last year my goal was to read 100 books and I ended up reading 109.  So when I upped my goal this year, I set it at 110.

Goodreads Challenge completeYesterday morning I started Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo.  I hadn’t planned on reading the entire thing in one day but I just couldn’t put it down!  I was so engrossed in it that I didn’t even notice the time.  I ended up staying up late again (the previous night was a late night finishing Queen of Shadows) to finish reading a book.

I have a feeling that this will be the only challenge I set for this year that I will 100% complete.    Well I guess technically my 2015 NetGalley Challenge was completed awhile ago based on the original goal I set.  But it feels really good to meet this goal.  It almost feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders.  That is my only problem with setting these challenges.  I can sometimes feel a little stressed to try and meet my goals.  But now I am free to read at whatever pace I desire and that feels great!

Here is a look at my stats so far in comparison with 2014 and 2013.

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What I am most looking forward to reading right now is the list I have been compiling of books I own that are either spooky, scary or supernatural/paranormal to read in October to get in the Halloween spirit.  I love Halloween so I’m really excited to have a theme month for my reading.  I will be revealing my October TBR closer to the beginning of October.

Last night after I finished reading Ruin and Rising I was struggling to decide what I wanted to read next.  I pulled a few titles from my TBR jar but really wasn’t feeling them so I decided to sleep on it and just look at my living room shelf in the morning.  The second I laid eyes on it this morning, I knew this was the book I wanted to read now.

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

How is your Goodreads challenge going?