Goodreads is nagging me

Goodreads* is nagging me.

I set a rather ambitious goal for the amount of books I’d read in 2013, because last year I didn’t read that many books, and I felt bad, like my brain was a pot plant I’d left on the windowsill to wilt in the sun for lack of water.

My goal is forty books—and okay, that may not be ambitious to a lot of people, but for me that’s a lot more reading than I have time for. One book every week and a bit. Goodreads tells me I’m two books behind. I’m about halfway through two different novels that I’m quite enjoying: Keir by Pippa Jay and Quite Contrary by Richard Roberts. If I spent all of today and tomorrow reading both of them then I’d catch up, but I also want to get some writing done.

Not to mention the fact I’ve got a little boy to keep entertained and housework to do. Sigh. (I know: wah, right?)

I’ve considered getting some audiobooks so at least I can “read” in the car on the commute to and from work. That’s one thing I miss about not being able to use public transport anymore—I loved my reading time on the bus to uni and back. The only thing is that I’ve got a TBR pile that’s about fifty books deep. These are almost all paperbacks I’ve already paid for, and I hate the idea of having to buy the book again to listen to it.

Bring on the day when I can hand my smart phone a novel and it will read it for me. Maybe in David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor accent.

My 2013 reads thus far

My 2013 reads thus far

How many books do you read in a year? Do you struggle to read as much as you’d like?

* No, I don’t have a Goodreads account linked to this profile. That’s because it’s on my personal account; I haven’t set up an author account yet. I will, when I get around to it. One day. Hey, I have lots of other social media!

17 Comments on “Goodreads is nagging me”

  1. Stacey Nash says:

    Hey Cass, I set my Goodreads challenge to 30 books as I read at the rate of about a book a fortnight. That still allows plenty of writing time. I’m currently 6 books ahead of schedule but I have to admit I feel as though I’ve cheated a little as several on my read list are novellas.

  2. Well I’m a very fast reader. I can read a book a day with kids and housework. So my goal this year is try to follow the advice of Stephen King something in between 70 or 80.
    What also helps is that I read only in the weekends and since I promised the family not to write on the weekend unless it’s absolutely necessary (I disappear when I write to other world) I read those days which helps my goals and has improved my writing.
    I have heard audio books are awesome for reading when you don’t have time.

  3. AlisonBliss says:

    It’s funny you mentioned this! I wrote up a post on my blog in April about my reading list in 2012. I read 218 books (and that was not actually counting all of them)! I doubt I’ll hit that number this year, but I was crazy impressed with myself at the time. Especially since I had a lot going on last year. It’s hard to make time to read when you have little ones at home, much less trying to finish your own book. Here’s the link, if you’d like to read about it. 🙂

    • I also work 30 hours a week. There’s just a limit to the number of hours in the day! I wish I was one of those people that only needs four hours sleep a night. Just think of all the extra stuff I could get done! Gotta say, though, 218 is an amazing effort. I probably came close to that when I was at school and uni, but not these days.

  4. What did you think of Archon? I read it the other month.

  5. Alice Leiper says:

    I think I might set a target for reading this year; I know that in 2012 I didn’t read a huge amount, and I certainly want to read more. I already use Goodreads to manage my reading list; it never occurred to me to use it to keep track of how many books I’ve read this year, so I will start doing that now. I think 40 books is a perfectly acceptable target.

    • Me too! They actually have a book challenge thingy, but even if it’s too late to sign up for that (I have no idea), you could always just keep track yourself. 🙂

  6. Hm… I guess I’m kind of bad about this because I never set a reading goal or even count how many books I read per year. I typically only read when I can and feel like it.

    But, I hope you rock your reading goal for 2013!!!

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