Let’s Discuss! Why I Changed My Goodreads Goal

If I had more space for a longer title, then it would be much longer. Because instead of being Why I Changed My Goodreads Goal….this is a lot more important. Today I’m going to be telling you:

Why I Changed My Goodreads Goal and Why I’m Not Ashamed of It

I’ve actually lowered my goal a whole 30 books – that’s a lot, right? There was a time I’d be surprised at reading that in a year! But I am a very, very determined person. So logically I kind of should be disappointed with myself. I should be at least a little sad at not being able to hit that 100 book goal. And sure, I would have liked that a lot. But sometimes, you have to accept that not everything can go your way. And naturally, things will get in the way of reading…the most important thing is that’s completely okay.

So, why haven’t I managed to read as much as I wanted to this year?

  • College! Being actually busy with workย  and not sitting at home over the summer has allowed me to not have as much time to read.
  • Friends. Even though I do like my alone time (and being on a train with a good book and earphones is a lovely escape for me), I am a pretty sociable person! And if there’s one thing I like more than reading it’s talking about what I’ve read!
  • Other hobbies! I’ve always been a massive Nintendo player and fan, and I’ve kind of got back into that in the past year.

Why am I not bothered about this? It’s a simple reason, really. I want balance, and I appreciate being able to have that. I like reading, and I don’t think I’ll ever not be a reader. I’ve been a bookworm for the whole of my life and I can’t see that ending anytime soon.

But at the same time, I’m happy I’ve got my balance right. I’d like to read a little more than I do right now, but I think 50 will be a good goal for next year!

How are you doing with your goal?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! โ˜ฝ


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15 thoughts on “Let’s Discuss! Why I Changed My Goodreads Goal

  1. Hurray for not being ashamed of lowering your goal! I always feel bad for people who take their challenges SUPER SERIOUSLY, and who are deeply affected by their totally understandable inability to meet their original goal. Wish I could give them a hug, and remind them challenges aren’t that big a deal.

    Here’s to a happy and balanced 2017! ๐Ÿ˜„

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    1. Yes! Reading is for enjoyment – and if you’re not enjoying reading then SO WHAT?! Follow to your own standards, not everyone else’s. Everyone reads at the same pace and that’s totally okay! *clinks glass* here’s to that ๐Ÿ˜€

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  2. I’ve definitely adjusted my Goodreads goals. At first I was clearly shooting too high and never making my goal, so I settled on 30 in college as well. I kept it at 30 for the last few years, and thankfully this year I actually upped it to 60 part-way through the year cause I was reading so much! Definitely nothing to be shamed of.

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  3. Last year, I set my goal at 55 books… only to lower it to 30 when it was clear I wasn’t going to make it. THIS year, I set my goal at 30, and I’ve read 56 books so far this year. But I wouldn’t have read nearly as much if it weren’t for Netgalley, I’m sure.

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  4. My goal was to read 100 books this year. I’ve been trying to reach this goal every year for the past 4 years and every year I fail. This year I am at 29 books, I doubt I’ll make it to 50, but I’m trying to be okay with that. I’m just trying to remind myself that I’ve got a lot going on and I tried my best.

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    1. You should totally be okay with that! I know it’s hard when you’re determined to get something done and don’t manage it – but you’re an amazing person regardless! And with a lot going on, 29 books is great ๐Ÿ™‚

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