Goodreads Update

Goodreads Update

 

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Hello and happy Wednesday. I’m always honest when it comes to the books I’ve read and the ones I haven’t. I rarely post a review on a book I haven’t fully read, unless I was provided a sneak peek or an excerpt. I think adding children’s books to your Goodreads list is kind of like cheating, though I have to admit I did that last year because I needed to reach my goal.

Yes, sadly, on more than one occasion I’ve become one of those people who seem to read only for the sake of achieving their reading goal, of “winning” at the challenge they set for themselves at the beginning of the year. Once, I checked my reading challenge and it showed me that I was five books “behind schedule,” and that had been after I’d modified the goal from 70 books to 65.

At that moment I decided I had three options: I could keep lowering the goal, so that I was always “on track,” although that was sort of like cheating; I could go on reading mode, find a ton of easy, short reads and achieve my goal; or I could just stop caring and decide what I wanted to do was enjoy my reading time without feeling like I had an assignment to fulfill. I picked option number 3, which meant resetting my Goodreads challenge.

Now, I’ve seen many people set their goal to one book, which they accomplish within two hours of establishing the mark. It might appear to be dumb, but the reason for setting a goal is to be able to keep track of the amount of books one reads in the year. I had, for example, read 46 books by the time I decided to forget about a goal. Don’t get me wrong, I still like to keep a record of the amount of books I read in a year, and I still like to challenge myself, I just wasn’t feeling that particular challenge.

In terms of my blog, not having a reading goal doesn’t change anything because I will continue reading at the pace I’m used to, and I even think that you’ll benefit from more in-depth reviews because I’ll be less pressured when reading. I have some interesting ideas you’ll be able to see soon, and that I think can be accomplished because now I don’t “have” to be reading a certain amount of books in a month or in a year.

If you have a Goodreads account and we’re not friends yet, click here  to add me. In the comments, let me know whether you set a reading goal for yourself or not.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Goodreads Challenge Update

Goodreads Challenge Update

GOING ON.pngHello and happy Wednesday. 2017 is halfway gone and I feel that I’ve read a lot and made a huge progress with this blog. I’ve also held this healthy reading pace and I’m proud of myself, even if it doesn’t reflect on my Goodreads challenge because I’m two books behind schedule according to it. In this post I’m going to explain what I’ve done with my reading habits this year and the changes I’ve made compared to other years.

January is always my catch-up month. I rarely read any new books in January because I’m finishing up all the books I started over the previous year and basically forgot. I was able to finish Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K Rowling, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, Paris Was the Place by Susan Conley, and The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker.

There was a point in which I was “reading” five books at the same time, and you and I both know that’s not possible, so I just finished each of the books and am currently reading two books: one in Spanish and one in English. My reading approach for this year will be to stick to one or two books at a time, at least in normal circumstances.  There are going to be days when I can make an exception and read a whole book at once, and I’ll do that whenever I can.

Currently, I spent the first half hour after waking up and the hour before going to bed reading. It’s not a lot, but it’s as much as I can squeeze on working days. Of course, weekends, holidays and vacations are another story, although I’ll try my best not to start a book without having finished another one, unless I can binge read.

I don’t know if I’ll be able to reach my goal of reading 70 books this year, though I hope so. I don’t like to decrease the number of books once I’ve set my goal, so if I feel at the end of the year that I’m still missing some reading, I’ll just stop doing everything and read until my eyes hurt. Or, you know, add some picture books to my TBR.

Have you got a Goodreads challenge? How do you ensure you meet your goal? Let me know!

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila