The actual question should be, “what kind of bookworm are you?” I did score a 20 here. What about you?
The above linked article tells about how reading challenges have changed the way people read. It claims that the challenges add a layer of guilt if you aren’t reading “fast enough” or reading “all of the books available.” I disagree with it. Yes, I get pushed along with my reading when I am working on a challenge, but if I don’t meet the challenge, I don’t feel guilty. I am only competing with myself. I read for enjoyment. I do keep track of my books, but mostly just to see where I am. I will mark my pages on goodreads, and I will mark and review my finished books. For my own knowledge, not to make anyone else feel bad or good.
It is an interesting article, though. It gave me something to think about.
Because of the stress of the shelter in place and the lack of the library, I fell a little behind on my reading. I haven’t actually fallen behind, but my schedule has been thrown out of whack.
In January and February, I was way ahead. I thought I’d meet my annual goal by April. The universe had other plans.
I am still 23 books ahead of my planned goal. I am still not stressing over it. The world won’t end if I don’t meet my goal. I am just not reading as voraciously as I was.
I still have many books planned out for the rest of the year. I hope to actually finish them and get reviews posted. I also hope that the library opens soon, but as time goes by, it looks less and less likely. I will be patient. It will happen.
I took this quiz and got 116/1000. I think this may be an annual thing I do. There are a few on the list that I wouldn’t bother reading, but 116/1000 was more than I though, but less than I hoped for.
I ended 2019 with a Facebook argument with an 84 year old woman. She said that my annual goal is taking from my enjoyment of reading because I’m competing. Who am I competing with? A personal challenge isn’t a competition.
I knew going in that I wasn’t going to change her mind, because she and I have different ways of filling our reading time. She just goes for it and does her reading. I need the nudge to get started. Turn off the TV. Make it quiet time. Put down the phone.
I did leave it at “to each her own” but I have a feeling that I will be hearing from her again. I won’t let it stop me from my reading and the way that I schedule my down time.
Those of you with a Goodreads account can take a look at my Year in Books for 2019 by looking at the above linked website, I think. I ended up reading 123 books. My initial goal was 75, then 100 and finally 120.
2020 has a goal of 100 books. I’ll be tracking it on Goodreads again.
I track my books on Goodreads. When I finish a book, it all automatically counts it toward the year I completed the book.
When I am working on my annual challenge, it’s nice to log in and see “You’re on Track” or “You’re (#) books ahead.” It also tells me when I’m behind, but I try hard to not get there.
Yesterday, on day 1 of the year, the website was down for part of the day. I was happy that it told me that I am on track. Positive reinforcement!
I did make progress on several books, but I can not update them yet. I will get a chance in the next day or two, if the website is fixed by then.
I was two books shy of my reading goal for the year. I decided to bring some books up to read to Molly while I kept her company until her mom got home from work.
Molly was not impressed with the book about Misty Copeland. She decided to try to lick the pages. I finished it anyway.
She was more interested in the book about Paul Robeson. I think, though, that she was more interested in showing me her new toy. At least she didn’t lick pages.
There are several programs available to kids who would like to improve their reading. One is reading to dogs. I love the idea of these programs, which is why I tried to read to Molly, figuring I’d take care of two things at once. I would hope that the dogs in the kids programs wouldn’t be as wiggly and excited to see people. The poor kids would be licked to clean and possibly tackled when they sat down.
I did finish my reading goal, despite the “help.” Now I’m thinking of the goal for 2020. I have a week to figure it out.
This week’s audiobook is by Jeanne Gaffigan. When Life Gives You Pears. I am really enjoying it, and I’ll be finishing it quickly.
This week’s Kindle book is A Royal Christmas Wish. I started it for a bookclub, but I won’t be able to make the bookclub, so I will relax about finishing it by a certain time.
I have a few library books almost finished and I’ll be ready to return them soon.
I still have books to finish to make my goal of 120 books for the year. I need to get my reading time scheduled. And my gym time, but that’s another matter.
I have completed 113 books this year. I have felt pretty on top of it this year, because I never got the “you are # books behind schedule.” I only saw “You’re on track” or “You are # books ahead of schedule.” I am anticipating seeing it over the next week or two as I finish up these last few books, but it’s still possible that I stay on top of the goal, since I have several half finished books, and finals are this week. I will have a few evenings without school to attend. I can crank out those last books. I think I can, I think I can.