Challenged Completed…Not Yet

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Every year, I have enjoyed entering the  Goodreads Reading Challenge. Even more so, I enjoyed completing it. Some years, exceeding it.

My record so far.

2011: 56 BOOKS

I wrote a post about all the book I read that year, with ratings: Reading Challenge Completed

2012: 64 BOOKS

Another post that includes all the titles, with ratings: 2012 Reading Challenge 

2013: 60 BOOKS

Again, I read more than I aimed for. The post with the titles and ratings are here: 2013 Reading Challenge Completed 

Before you get me wrong, I’m not telling you this to brag. I have said it before and I will say it again: I enjoy reading and I’m a pretty fast reader, too. But I know many bookworms who do 100-200+ books/year. Mine is only a small feat.

Now to the crux of the story.

I read 43 books out of the 60 I aimed for, and Goodreads tells me I’m 7 books behind schedule. Why does it even tell me that I’m a real bookworm? Sarcasm is not appreciated, thanks.

Not sure how they calculate the progress part. My thinking is this: I have a little less than 2 months till the end of the year. 17 More books to read. That makes 9 books/month to keep on the safe side. Quite a stretch!

Maybe I can pull it off. Maybe I can’t. Tough one, huh?

What do you think? Will I finish reading 60 books by the end of the year?

P.s. Whichever side you lean on, do add me on Goodreads: Elena. Let’s be friends and stalk each other’s readings!

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11 thoughts on “Challenged Completed…Not Yet

  1. I’m thinking to set a much lower goal for 2015, this challenge discourages me away from 400+ pages books, and many good ones are in that range. So, who cares if you don’t make it, it’s probably better to pick a lower number.

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    1. Hey Bibbo! What was your goal this year?
      I don’t mind reading long books, but I think twice before re-reading a book. Haven’t figured yet if Goodreads counts it twice or not.

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  2. Oh this is so bad with me this year… I’m like 13 book behind!!! And this is all thanks to those super fat books I read such as Steve Job’s biography and Les Miserables. And I am such a slow reader. I don’t think I will be able to complete the challenge this year (though I thought to try and cheat by reading slim books 🙂 ).

    But. I don’t even doubt your capabilities! Cause you are truly a fast reader, an achiever, a five-star girl! So go get it, girlie, cheering for you from Belarus!!!

    P.S. oh, and long flights and stuff help reading to go faster… just saying

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    1. Haha – I know! I’m hoping to do some serious catching up during those long flights!

      For now, I’m trying to read all the physical books I have in my personal library, that I’ve had for a while but haven’t read yet. Some are kinda long! And yesterday I wasted 2 hours on a book I didn’t like, and didn’t even finish. Ah, the bookworm life is full of drama!

      I know you really liked Les Miserables, but I don’t think you ever told me what you thought of Steve Jobs. How was that?

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  3. I also believe that you will manage all 60 of them. And if you don’t, I know you’ll keep reading continuously. You love reading, you don’t read for numbers but for pleasure.

    I’m five books behind myself – I was never behind before. I found an awesome podcast called Hardcore History, and I’m also learning a new language. These two things have been eating at my progress later.

    I hope to finish all my reading this year. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. There really should be something like Goodreads for podcasts – how about that? You’d beat every challenge imaginable!

      Let’s do this, both of us – let’s complete our challenges! And find a fun way to celebrate, maybe? How about a trip to some place exotic?

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  4. I believe you will manage to read all of them 🙂

    I’ve read 49 from 50, and I’m 7 books ahead… 😀

    Went in the library today just “to smell” a couple of books, and I ended up buying three books.
    Oare, ce e cu mine?!

    This quote is so TRUE for me,
    “When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.”
    ~Desiderius Erasmus

    Be strong and blessed!

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    1. so nice to hear from you Nikolino!
      Congrats on your challenge! And the newly purchased books 🙂
      I’m afraid you suffer from the affliction known as bookaholism. Nothing to do about it but keep buying books.
      I don’t blame you, going into a bookstore and coming out empty-handed just never happens to me!

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