Friday, August 24, 2012

2012 Reading Goals

2012 Reading Challenge

2012 Reading Challenge
Lauren has read 34 books toward her goal of 75 books.
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I joined the Goodreads 2012 reading challenge this year because I thought it would be fun to keep track of how many books I read. I originally started out with 50 books as my goal, but then by April I had it almost halfway done, so I upped it to 75.

And now look at me. Only 34 books in 8 months. I think I am failing.

Not that I've had any lack of books to read over the summer (and if I counted my CLEP books I'd have at least 10 more to add - but I don't really think they count). I just seem to have lost the motivation to actually sit down and read for more than an hour. Maybe I could blame The Hunger Games. After reading that fast-paced book at the beginning of the year it's kind of hard to get super involved in a fiction series.

Truthfully, though, I have no one to blame but myself. But I'm aiming to fix that. I've checked out quite a few books from the library, ranging from non-fiction (Psychology: a Beginner's Guide!) to half the Master and Commander series. Yeah, I didn't mean to check out all ten books at once, but I reserved them and they all came in at the same time, so... there you go.

I also have Mimus, a German book (translated, of course) given to me by my good friend Lindsey. That one should be fun.

On the bright side, I still have four months left in the year if I want to finish my 75-books goal. That's approximately ten books per month. That would be the whole Master and Commander series in two months. I think I can do this. What do you think?

Have you been keeping up with any reading goals this year? Ever had a dry spell in your reading? Any books to recommend to me? Have you read the Master and Commander series or Mimus?

14 comments:

  1. Good luck with this, Lauren! I usually don't set goals for myself BUT I do try and push myself to read as many books as possible - especially now I've started reviewing so much.

    As for 'dry spells,' you bet I've gone through them. Just last year or earlier this year, I didn't seem too interested in reading. Although I was always reading something... it was at the pace of a turtle!

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  2. Rissi - yes, having to review books is a really great motivator to finish reading. I haven't been so great at reviewing lately (my "Outside Hollywood" review was the first I've done in a while). :)

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  3. You've read a lot more than I have this year! Maybe a dozen books? I have been writing though...

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  4. 34 books is nothing to sneeze at. I think I read between 5 and 10 books a year. So regardless of not meeting that goal, I'm still impressed. I give you +5 awesomeness points. :)

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  5. You're way ahead of me. I've read maybe two dozen.

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  6. Great job setting, and striving for, a goal. I should do the same.

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  7. I think you've done pretty good I've read a handful. Haven't really been keeping track. Today I just finished a book that I've been reading for nearly a month.


    Lee
    Wrote By Rote

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  8. I am shamefully behind with my goals. I have to start padding with more audiobooks to catch up. I haven't dipped my toe into Goodreads yet, maybe the accountability would rev up my pace.

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  9. My summer of reading has been like yours. Not really there. I love reading, I have trouble making time for it.

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  10. I'm also way behind, because I'm spending all my free time editing. Maybe I can take a break when I'm done.

    :-)

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  11. All the best with your goals! This year my reading time was taken up by my vacation to US so I'm very behind with a tottering TBR!

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  12. Your reading goal is quite huge. Mine is pretty modest in comparision. I have read few books this month. I still have many more to read.

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  13. I know what you mean. I set a goal of 48 books through Goodreads, got there, and upped it only to stop reading. Ha. Ah, well. I didn't think I'd get through 48, so I consider it a triumph, as you should (though, by all means, read, read, read!). ;)

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