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.

More Than Halfway Through

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.

My annual reading goal – 30/75 complete.

40% done! 6 books ahead of schedule. I am not getting cocky, but I might actually be halfway finished with my annual challenge before the first half of the year is done. I am not reading as quickly as I could be, but I want to enjoy the books, rather than make them a chore. Getting ahead makes it much more enjoyable, and I’m not stressing about finishing. I am still making progress!

The Last Black Unicorn, by Tiffany Haddish

The Last Black Unicorn

The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The author went through many rough situations as a teen and young adult, but was able to tell her story with humor. I didn’t know much about her before I started the book, but I sought her out and found that I have seen her in a variety of shows.
The book is worth a read. I enjoyed it and the author did a great job with the audiobook, too. It was a quick, fun read.

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