Catching up

I am working on getting some of the draft posts actually posted onto the blog.  Most have just needed a little work before they get out there, but some are still sitting as drafts.  Those that are ready are getting published.  Check!  Check!  Check!

My annual challenge is still alive and kicking.  I am 11 books ahead of my adjusted goal of 100.  I have read 61 books this year.  I was so far ahead because of the pride month children’s books, I felt I needed to adjust it.

As far as my other goals go, one bite at a time.  Getting there!  Slowly.

Adjusting the goal

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.

Adjusting my reading goal

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.

Daisy Jones and the Six, by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy Jones & The Six

I didn’t realize that this was written by the same author as The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.  I loved that book, too.

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book! It has become a running joke with my family and friends because I carried it around with me for months. I never disliked it, it was just that the world seemed hell bent on not letting me finish it.

The book was written like a Rolling Stones article. Each person involved got his say. It was a different approach to telling the story, but it worked. I loved it.

Quitting a Challenge

(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.