Did y'all do a reading pledge this year? How far did you get?

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  1. Bracken Farthyne

    Bracken Farthyne Novice

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    I'm referring to something like the fifty-book pledge, but Goodreads let's you set a reading goal for however many you want.

    Did you set a goal? Did you make it?

    Do you think setting a goal for number if books affected your choices of reading material? Did it cause you to prioritize reading over other free time activities?

    Do you include re-reading books as "counting" toward your end of year counts?
     
  2. Adanys Wynterwulf

    Adanys Wynterwulf Sparkle Spren Aes Sedai

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    Add me on Goodreads if you want. There's a link in my sig :)
    I read 34 of 30 books pledged so far^^

    I count any book I finish, re-read or not.
    And I definitely didn't prioritize reading. Hulu saw a lot of me this year :p

    What about you?
     
  3. Bracken Farthyne

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    I started with a highly ubrealistic goal of 50 and did nooooot make it :lol I'm sitting at 33 right now and will catch up to your 34 if I finish listening to the audiobook of Winter's Heart on my drive home from visiting my family for Christmas.

    I definitely found it made me make more of an effort -- in the last couple years since I started doing editing work at my day job I've felt less motivated to read when I get home, and then last year I started an MA, so a lot of my reading is journal articles and is madated for me. This is definitely an improvement over last year! Next year I'm going to try and hit the 50 :)

    I feel like it made me more stubborn about finishing books I've started (because I want to get to log them), and I'm actually not sure that's always a good thing .... sometimes it means I read less because I feel obligated to read the thing I'm not enjoying...so I just turn on the TV. But it did make me get through Guns, Germs, and Steel, so that's an upside.
     
  4. Roheryn ni Galghandhrei t'al'Djinn

    Roheryn ni Galghandhrei t'al'Djinn Aes Sedai Membership Activities Coordinator Head of the Green Ajah

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    I set a goal of 75 books for the year with 35 og them being new to me. I'm sitting at 72 read currently and 35 of them new. I might finish one or two more but I think I'm going to be super close and just not manage it.
     
  5. Bracken Farthyne

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    Holy heck Roheryn Sedai! That is a nice score! :eek Is that a normal year for you or was this because you set the goal?
     
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    This is fairly normal for me.
     
  7. Elia LePhant

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    My goal was 40 and I read 73, with another almost completed. It's way more than I have read in the past few years, at least. :)

    And yeah, I think setting a reading goal definitely helps me set aside time to prioritize reading throughout the year.
     
  8. Leira Galene

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    I did! Here's my Goodreads challenge.

    I include re-reading books, because otherwise I just wouldn't read that much; I don't have the money or space to buy enough new books to keep up with my reading pace. I use the library a lot, though, so I do have a lot of new reads.

    I suppose it pushes me to read more, but I don't really have a problem with that. I enjoy spending most of my free time reading, and having a challenge encourages me to keep going even if I'm going through a mental slump. This year I didn't push it as much as last year, when I read ~200 books. That definitely was a lot. This was a generally comfortable reading pace.
     
  9. Tazren Talamar

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    I set a goal of 40 books and I've read 52. So feels like quite a success!
     
  10. Tallan Daar

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    I had four goals: read 100 novel-length books, 20 books off my reading-list shelf at GR, 12 non-fiction and 5 books shelved as on-hold. I succeeded with the first two, not with the others (ending the year with 7/12 non-fiction and 4/5 on-hold reads). I'm still pleased with it - there are a lot of books in those latter categories I wouldn't have gotten around to if not for the challenge. I'll continue on with this setup, I think, as well as looking at other challenges - the Read Harder one you posted, Leira, looks interesting!

    I'm not particularly motivated by challenging myself to read a certain number of books - hence sticking to 100 books a year at GR, even though I always read more. But setting goals do work to get me to read particular kinds of books that I otherwise might've skipped, so I tend to focus on that.

    I definitely count rereads, as long as they fulfill the requirements (length, category).
     
  11. Juliya Karisu

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    I just finished my 52nd book and my challenge was 52. Next year I'm going to tone it down as I felt really pressured to read that last one. Not that it wasn't good.
     
  12. Rhed al'Tere

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    My main goal was 100 books, which I came within striking distance with a total of 97. I had 2 re-reads, 60 of the books I read were by female authors/artists, and that's all the stats I can remember off the top of my head. :lol
     
  13. Leala al'Dareis

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    I didn't set a numerical goal, but i read a lot more this year than I have in a long time. :D