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Do you set reading goals for the year?

Asked by Locke (518points) January 3rd, 2023 from iPhone

Are there any books you’re looking forward to reading this year? Do you set a numerical goal for the books you’d like to read?

Every year I use Goodreads to set a reading goal. Last year I read 26/35 books. This year I’m lowering the goal to 30, but that way I may have a chance to exceed it. (To be fair, some of the books I read last year were over 700 pages long!) I always read a mix of fiction and non-fiction and I keep a long TBR (to be read) list.

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Hawaii_Jake's avatar

I read a lot, but I don’t set a goal. I use a Kindle to read a great deal, so I’m hooked up to Goodreads, but I don’t use the website. I honestly done know how many books I read in a year.

Mimishu1995's avatar

Like @Hawaii_Jake, I don’t have a goal. To me it has always been what I learn from the books I read, not how many books I read. I’ve seen people who read a lot but can’t remember anything. I don’t think I read that many books, but I always make sure the make the best of every book I read.

Locke's avatar

To be clear, I wasn’t sharing my goal to brag or sound superior. That’s just how I keep track of what I read and make sure I set aside time for it, otherwise I worry I would read nothing. Plus, I’m the type who likes to quantify and label and organize everything (perhaps because I was diagnosed with Aspberger’s as a teen) and numbers and lists make it work for me. But if you don’t have a goal, there’s nothing wrong with that. I enjoy reading and I hope others do too, but there are many ways to approach it.

canidmajor's avatar

Lately I have kept track of new books I have read. During the pandemic I have had trouble concentrating on new books, so I have reread a lot of old favorites for comfort. So yes, I kind of do set goals, now, to step outside of the comfort area. Fortunately, my tastes in reading are all over the map, so the choices are unlimited.

janbb's avatar

No. although I have started using Goodreads to keep track of what I’ve read. I read 50–60 books a year so I don’t feel the need to set any goals. It would be like setting goals for eating.

jca2's avatar

I don’t. I tend to read a lot of magazines in addition to books. I read “The New Yorker” when I can. I admit I only read about a book a month and that’s for a book group that I’m a member of.

Entropy's avatar

My goal is to learn how to read.

Locke's avatar

@jca2 I read magazines too, including The New Yorker and the New York Review of Books (and both help me get ideas of what books I might want to read).

@Entropy Lol. I believe in you. :P

Forever_Free's avatar

Not on an annual level. Reading and books is just a part of me since I was 5 years old.
I do use Good Reads to store information on my reading. I read about 30–40 books annually. I do put items in my Good Reads list but I typically just buy books as I see interests. I typically have a stack of 5 books ready to go between buying, the Library, and book sharing or Book club.

canidmajor's avatar

@Locke I used to work retail books, and I got a lot of ideas from places like Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist for well written books and talented authors. I recommend checking them out for titles to put into your TBR pile. I have never been disappointed in a Publisheres Weekly starred review title.

Kardamom's avatar

I read a lot. I don’t set any goals.
I just read a book from my endless stack, then choose a new book.

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