Setting a Reading Goal for the Year
I thought I read a lot of books. Well, I thought I did. Judging by the many I people I see over various internet sites who read 100s of books every year, my number pales into insignificance.
Oh well, I’m not really fussed by that. I’ll keep working my list and good on those who can read more.
Over the past 4 years I’ve tracked what I’ve read. I’m old school by simply recording them on a running tally I keep at the back of my moleskin. When I start a new moleskin, I simply transfer the list.
This year I’m committed to using some form of technology. It may be a simple blog post that I keep updating. Or maybe I’ll use Goodreads. No doubt there’s a groovy app I can download onto my iphone or ipad. I’d be grateful for any suggestions.
In 2009, I read 40, 2010:52, 2011:64 and 2012:75.
So some good year on year growth I reckon, but declining in percentage terms each year.
This year I decided to set myself a goal. I wanted that extra motivation to ensure I maintain a solid amount of self-development plus the enjoyment of reading, in particular, great fiction.
I read a number of books simultaneously at different times of the day. I might write about that in another post but typically I read from the following categories:
- Spiritual self-help (as I dub this category),
- Classical fiction (aim to do at least 1-2 each year),
- Biblical commentary,
- Writing craft,
- Business skills
I don’t set goals per category, simply an overall total.
So my goal for 2013?
Yep. I’d like to hit the century, which is a healthy 33.3% growth from last year. That works out to be a little over 8 every month or some months I’ll need to do 9 to 10.
I’m slightly behind having had a sluggish January (only 5). However, I’ve started February well, having finished 4 and we’re only a third of the way through the month.
How many books do you read a year? And do you set yourself a target?
Let me know when you get a chance.
Wishing you a great week.