I have been working my way through my annual book goal. I actually met my original goal of 75 books. I read short books during pride week, so I felt that I didn’t really get there.
I adjusted my goal, but it still shows that I’m 12 books ahead of schedule. I am still reading, and I am sure that I can get to my goal of 100 by the end of the year.
According to my Goodreads account, I have completed 60 of my 75 books for my annual goal. I went and counted and I have read 15 children’s books so far this year. I wasn’t expecting to read that many when I set the goal. Adding the 15 to my originally planned 75 books would make the count 90, so I’ll be changing the goal to 100. It shows that I am 24 books ahead, so I’ll be ok, I think.
Changing the goal to 100 makes me only 12 books ahead of schedule. Still well above where I thought I’d be.
Because I read several children’s books, my completed book count is higher than I expected it to be. I think I may have to adjust my reading goal to 100 to compensate for the 10 or so children’s books I have read in the past week. I am more than halfway to the 100 already, and the year isn’t even halfway over. I think I can do it. I may wait until I am further ahead to adjust it, so it’s not overwhelming to me.
how many have you read?
Take the quiz above and see how many of these 100 BBC books you’ve read.
I have read fifteen.
Below is the list. It’s long. The quiz is easier to read through.
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
Harry Potter Series – JK Rowling (All)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë
His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
Tess of the D’urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
Complete Works of Shakespeare
Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
Middlemarch – George Eliot
Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
Bleak House – Charles Dickens
War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
The Wind in the Willows (Kenneth Grahame)
David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C.S.Lewis)
Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Berniere
Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
Winnie-The-Pooh (A. A. Milne)
Animal Farm – George Orwell
The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
The Woman in White (Wilkie Collins)
Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
Far From the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
Sense and Sensibility (Jane Austen)
A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon
Love in the Time of Cholera
Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
The Secret History – Donna Tartt
The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
On the Road (Jack Kerouac)
Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
Bridget Jones’s Diary (Helen Fielding)
Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
Moby Dick – Herman Melville
Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson
Notes From a Small Island – Bill Bryson
The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
Butt Atlas (David Mitchell)
The Colour Purple – Alice Walker
The Remains of the Day (Kazuo Ishiguro)
A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
Charlotte’s Web – EB White (E.B. White)
The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint Exupery
The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
Watership Down – Richard Adams
A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
Hamlet (William Shakespeare)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Roald Dahl)
Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
I have completed book #42 for the year. I am more than halfway there, but bigger than that, is, according to the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series, 42 is the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything. So… it’s a milestone number. I am also 9 books ahead of schedule, so I have a nice cushion to relax with.
(quitting a challenge)
The article linked above talks about the stress of the annual challenge on Goodreads. I understand what the author is going through. A couple of years ago, I knew I wasn’t going to meet my challenge, so I started stressing about it. I would hide away and read every moment I could. Finally, during one of my rants, I had someone tell me, “What will happen if you don’t meet your challenge?” Well, honestly, nothing. Other than feeling disappointment in myself, nothing would happen if I missed my goal. Life got in the way that year. There wasn’t anything I could do about it. Reading should be enjoyable, not stressful.
I do disagree with the author in that I don’t think that audiobooks are cheating, as she claims. When I make my goal for the year, I set it with all books in mind. Audiobooks are part of my count. So are children’s books. Now, I am not going to read the children’s books just to up my count. I am reading them because I hadn’t read them before. Audiobooks are counted since I finish one every two or three weeks. I only listen to them in the car, so my time is limited to times that I am in the car alone.
I also disagree with the author because rereads count in the challenge. Whenever you mark a book as read, as long as you put the date in as a date that is within the challenge time, it counts.
I don’t judge the author for quitting. If something is stressing you out, and you can change that something, change it. If that means quitting a self-imposed challenge, quit it. Do what you need to do to make your life less stressful.
This morning, I finished book 38 of my annual goal of 75 books. I am 7 books ahead of schedule. It gives me a little wiggle room to fall behind a bit, but I think I am doing ok. Between my own challenges, ARC reading for authors, and bookclubs, I am staying on track with most of my deadlines. I may have to change my goal if I get close to finishing before anticipated.