So You Failed Your Goodreads Challenge ...

At the beginning of the new year, Goodreads always asks us the same hopeful question: "What is your Goodreads challenge going to be?" It means no harm, and with the same hopeful look on your face you begin to calculate: "well, 100 sounds really, REALLY good ... then again, I've never managed to read that many books in a year. Or in my whole life."

What I did last year was that I looked at the number of books I managed to read in 2016 and added 5. This seemed reasonable while still being challenging. The game was afoot, as one fictional detective would say. I read a book, found a new book to read, and read that too. Then I went to the shop got about five new ones, and read ... none. Half of the year would be gone and I'd check up on the Goodreads challenge only to discover that I was two books behind.

Still, this did not sound too bad, and the holidays were ahead of me, meaning enough time to read many, many books. Or finally tackle the 1,000 page long book I had been longing to read. That sounded more sensible, so I did that instead.

Joy turned to horror when I opened the app only to be told that I was 6 books behind and there were only two weeks left. I had to face the hard truth that I would slip into the new year with a failed Goodreads challenge ... which is exactly what I did.

For a moment, I really contemplated if this makes me into a bad bookworm, or bad book blogger. After all, in 365 days I did not even manage to read 30 books! Had I written a blog post about my top 10 books of 2017, I would have ended up listing 33% of what I had read. This sounds a bit ... measly.

I am hardly alone with this. A lot of people failed their Goodreads challenge, and some had goals that were lower than mine, while the others had a much bigger goal. And yet, in the great scheme of things, it makes no difference if you read only five books or 129. One does not make you into a bad bookworm and neither does the other make you into a good bookworm.

At the same time, the competitive spark can't be ignored so easily. Hence, this year I am going to do the reverse from last year. Instead of upping my challenge by 5 books I am going to reduce it by 5. Then there are other ways to stay on top and try to take on the challenge. One is a reading challenge, and I don't mean the type that Goodreads offers, I am talking about one where you read through different genres and books. This way, you'll not only get to read books that you normally would not touch.

Because of the challenge pictured above, I read "The Strang And Beautiful Sorrow Of Ava Lavender" which is a stunner, even if the ending tends to leave you confused.

On top of this there are book clubs: you could join a local one, create one between you and a few friends or find a group on twitter. That is fully up to you. This way you'll always end up with at least one book to read and someone along the way who motivates you. Or at the very least the guilt of not having read it while the others did is going to motivate you.

This way, you should at least get close to finishing this year's challenge. Even if you do, or again when you fail, there is no master key to what makes anyone into a "true" bookworm. It is a feeling rather than a collection of achievements. Someone who treats the five books they read all year with much care, enjoys the process of reading along, and thinks about every second word is a bookworm. Just like someone who loves books so much that they write a review. In the end, the number of books you read, does not define you as a bookworm.

16 comments :

  1. I definitely failed my reading challenge last year, haha. Part of it is because I think I overestimated how much I could actually do. But the other part was just pure laziness. I really like the reading challenges approach though, because you're right, it should be about quality rather than quantity. You want to remember the books you read, not just cram a certain number into your head and then forget about them a day later.

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  2. I only just made mine but I felt stressy about it for the week before new year! Good advice about taking part in reading challenges though!

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  3. I’m useless with reading challenges! I love reading but I can never find the time to read so many books 😭 I know this year I will read more though. I’ve set my own personal challenge πŸ˜‚ x

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    1. I know the feeling! Too many books, too little time ... I wish you the best of luck Xx

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  4. I wish I had time to complete my reading challenge! Unfortunately it's textbooks i'm mostly reading at the moment πŸ˜‚ x

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    1. Oh no :( I hope you find the time to read more than textbooks soon!

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  5. I failed my reading challenge in 2017, but I decided it did not count because I kept rereading every chapter in that one book, so it should count as multiple reads πŸ˜….
    And you're right anyway, the number of books is not what should matter. I enjoyed myself with my reads, that's the main thing :).

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    1. Exactly, the fun counts! And re-reads counts as multiple reads ;)

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  6. I thought I'd failed but then goodreads told me I hadn't put the years in for some of the books id read so luckily I just caught mine, I'm hoping to do better this year though as I only started using goodreads properly when I started blogging so here's hoping!
    Good post x

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    1. Good luck with using Goodreads for blogging ... I use my only privately (for now?) I also hoped that this was something I had forgotten but sadly the years were in order *sigh*

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  7. You read about 20 books more than I did in 2017! I think that’s a huge success! I want to read more this year, I have a couple of books I just need to stay focused and not get distracted by Twitter he he! Great post and all the best with your 2018 goals! <3 xx

    Bexa | www.hellobexa.com

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  8. I'm going to try and read so much more this year! I don't think I'm ready to start keeping track or setting myself a goal for the year but I'm certainly going to read more for self-care and all that jazz!

    ALice
    Live Life, Love Life and Laugh Through It!
    adventuresofanarrow.co.uk
    xxx

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    1. Sounds like a great plan and motive. I hope you find the time :)

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  9. I love this post doll, you done a massive success with how many books you read. I personally failed my reading list last year so I'm hoping that I can re-do it this year. πŸ’œ✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie. x
    www.alishavalerie.com | www.twitter.com/alishavalerie

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    1. Thank you for stopping by! Best of luck of this year ♥

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