How many books to do you read a year? Perhaps you set a personal goal for the year? For the summer? At Shawnee we have a teacher who sets a new goal for himself each new year; last year he read all the Printz award and honor books! This year his aim is two books each week. I’m realistic enough to not set the bar quite that high for myself (although I probably check out two books a week!) At the beginning of the year I saw that a friend had joined Read26FW, a Facebook group of readers accepting a challenge to read 26 books in 2015. I don’t know that I’ve ever set a goal for the number of books I’d like to read in a year.
It got me thinking about what would be a realistic. I’m in a book club that meets once a month, so I’m guaranteed 12 books. Add to that the 2+ books I read for my Sunday school classes, the audiobooks I always have going in the car and on walks with my dog (at least 10 a year), as well the books I have for general at-home reading. I decided to go ahead and join the Read26FW challenge. I’m thinking 26 will come about mid-year, but I will be still be pleased if that’s all I achieve. It’s the second year for the challenge and so far there are 84 participants.
As individuals finish a book they share the title (often with a photo) and a brief review, counting down what number book it is on their list. It’s fun to see what others are reading as well as how quickly (or slowly in my case) the goal of 26 is being met. The organizer of Read26FW asked if we’d like to be part of a gathering to allow us to meet “in real life.” Putting IRL faces to profile pics will be a fun addition as we continue posting through the year. What’s your “number” for the year? How will you keep track of what you read? Although I’ll be posting each time I finish a book on Read26FW, I will also mark my finished titles on GoodReads, a very useful website which allows you to create lists not only of what you have already read but of what you’d like to read. At the end of the year it even offers the option to share your “year in books” via Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. ACPL’s new online catalog allows you to create lists (just select “add to my lists” under the “select an action” menu in the item record) and organize as you find most helpful.
The downside with either of these options — as with all goal trackers — is that you have to remember to input your book titles! I’m looking at my list now and realizing I was pretty negligent in my record keeping for 2014. New year, new me? Let’s hope! We’ll see how far I get in 2015.