Monday, 12 May 2014
Books: Reading Challenges and Portable Magic
Last year I signed up for Goodreads's reading challenge for the first time. The challenge was simple - state how many books you'd like to read by the end of the year and keep track of them via Goodreads. By entering each book you read into your Goodreads profile, a handy little widget kept track of how many you'd read, how many you still had to read, and how far ahead or behind you were.
My target in 2013 was 52. Unfortunately, for a myriad of reasons I failed. It wasn't a massive fail - I still read 38 books. This year I'm way ahead, having read 25 already. Technically, the last four and my current read are all novellas from a collection. If I wanted to be obsessive about it, I should enter them as one read. Even if I do that, I'm still two books ahead.
When I started the challenge last year, I was worried I would become obsessive and that would take away some of the pleasure of reading. I actually think it has done the opposite. It means that no matter what is happening, I make time for reading. Not only does that help me as a writer, it's also a great way to relax and escape the problems of every day life.
If you haven't signed up for the Goodreads challenge, it's never to late. Sign up now and enter all the books you've already read so far this year. Pop the widget on your blog sidebar or website and watch your percentage grow.
I'm over at the Untethered Realms site today, talking about Stephen King, books and their uniquely portable magic. Drop by if you have time. I'd love to know what your favourite Stephen King quote is.
I'll be back on Wednesday, when the always cool River Fairchild will be this week's Speculative Fiction Writer.