Discussion: The Goodreads Challenge

Posted January 6, 2017 by Tina in As Discussed by Tina, As Told by Tina / 6 Comments


Every year since I signed up for Goodreads, I’ve participated in the goodreads challenge. And I’ve only accomplished my goal like two times out all those years I’ve accomplished my goal.

When I joined the book community, I started seeing everyone’s goals and people had goals over 100. I of course set my goal to 150 but did I ever make it? Yeah, last year and I literally made it like an hour before 2017 came about. That was stressful. I read a ton of books, I probably would have never picked up. I was reading really short books, putting off the big books because that would put me back on my goal.

I was tired of that. It was only a year.

I had seen on Twitter people stating that setting your goal on Goodreads to one was cheating. I actually set my goal to one, is that cheating? In my eyes, nope. I don’t want to hit a specific goal this year. I just want to read. I don’t care if it’s hype books everyone is bragging about; books I’ve been meaning to read for years but never have. That big 800-page book I’ve avoid because it would set me back in goal. Yeah, I want to read that too.

I want to know how much I read without having a specific number in mind. I want to see how much I can read when I have time. I also don’t want to feel like Goodreads is side eying me every time with the whole “x amount of books behind” stresses me out.

Yes, I know that for some they say the goodreads shouldn’t be taken that seriously but guys, I have to finish everything I start. Do you know how stressed out I get when I don’t finish a to do list? That’s how I feel about the reading challenge.

For me, 2017 was about trying to relax and trying to track just how much I read without the added pressure. I also decided to use my bullet journal to track my bullet journal.

I’m using different spreads to really help me see just how much I’m reading and maybe next year, I can set a happy medium to my reading goal.

Are you participating in the goodreads challenge? If so, what’s your goal? If not, how are you tracking your reading?