Creating A New Goodreads Reading Goal

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I created a post on the 4th May 2016, about how I had completed my 2016 Goodreads Reading Goal for the year, within a couples of months of reading, because of how low I had originally set my reading goal, due to certain reasons. Setting it at just 26 books to read for 2016! I just happened to check my Goodreads Reading Goal today, just to see how many books I have read and therefore surpassing my current Reading Goals challenge so far this year, and I have surprised myself by seeing that so far, I have read 42 books! Not to bad considering the year I’ve had. That’s 16 books more than my original goal and we are only in July! Wow! That equals 28 books ahead of schedule and puts me at 162%. Not bad for my first Goodreads Reading Challenge. I definitely set my goal too low. Now on visiting and checking this goal, I noticed something. You can edit and change your goal you set for your Reading Challenge. That completely shocked and amazed me as I never knew that, but now I do, I so happy. Did you know that you could do that?

Knowing I can change my goal to something a bit more challenging and have something a little bit more difficult to work towards, rather than having this tiny one that I had already completed and almost doubled, is brilliant. Now my only question is, what should my new goal be? I’ve seen loads of peoples’ reading goals set at 50 books, but considering that we at in July and I am currently at 42 books, I think 50 books would be easy to reach and only requires me reading 8 books. I’ve also seen peoples’ reading goals set at 100, but again, we are in the middle of July, and I am not at 50 yet so I would definitely need a push to reach 100, so this goal would definitely be the challenge I’d be looking for. Ok so maybe something in between, or a little bit over, 75, or 80 books. Do I want to be realistic or do I want to push myself and go for the challenge? What do you think I should set my new Goodreads Reading Goal at? Do you have a Goodreads Reading Challenge Goal Set and if so, what is your goal set at (if you don’t mind me asking)?

Completing My Goodreads Reading Challenge!

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At the start of the year, before setting up my book blog, I set up my first ever Goodreads Reading Challenge. Let me start off my saying that I suffer MASSIVELY with Severe Chronic Migraines, which have been getting worse lately. So when it came to setting my reading challenge, I kept this in mind and wanted to make it something that I would still be able to reach within the year. So I set my goal at a low 26 books….

I assumed I would therefore be able to have two weeks to read and complete each individual book, being able to take breaks when necessary and also be able to read slowly, if needed to. I didn’t want to set it at 50+ and then not be able to reach it by having serious migraine attacks from over reading, trying to keep up with my goal, leaving myself disappointed by not completing my goal. Plus, I am not the fastest of readers. I didn’t know that I would finally have the courage and ability to set up my own book blogging site, giving me more of an incentive to read quicker and to read different types of books. I have also had authors and publishers getting in touch with me to read and review their books, short stories and novellas, which as made me want to read their books quicker, in order to help give them feedback sooner. I have also had the opportunity to be a beta reader for two authors, which was definitely an experience and something I would definitely do again! Ive also discovered great websites, such as Netgalley and Story Cartel, which enable you to request, download, read and review new eARC and build up your profile with their site and with the publishers and authors who post their books on those sites. So its been a very good couple of months so far ☺:mrgreen:

Well, as of yesterday, I not only completed my reading challenge, but I’ve also exceeded my goal, currently reading a total of 29 books to date!!! I have created reviews on my page for each and every one of those books that I have read this year, and I have been trying to catch up with older book reviews, so check them out. I’m so glad with my progress so far and we’re not even half way through the year yet, so I can’t wait to see how many books I will have read by the end of this year!! This is fantastic progress for me!!

How are all of you doing so far with your own Goodreads Reading Challenge?