I’ve been signing up for this challenge for the last 3 years – and managed to top my goal every year. It’s great to have a target in mind, and when you need do nothing more than update your goodreads to track it (which I do, anyway) there is really no reason not to.*
The first year I opted for 75 books, but dropped back to 50 the last two due to study, and the decision not to finish crappy books. I’ve done a lot more beginning and setting aside in these last two years than ever before, and you know what? I feel heaps better for it. When I look back on what I read last year, most of it was pretty good.
This year I am dropping my goal number even lower – down to 35. With the increased study load, I know it will be a lot harder to find time to read for pleasure, but it’s a good way to make sure I am reading quality books, not snacking on crap. I’m starting the year off right, and have chosen The Scorpio Races as my first book. It’s been on my kindle for the better part of a year, and I have been saving it for the right time.
The time is now 🙂
I fell in love with Maggie Stiefvater’s writing in June last year when I read The Raven Boys. Oh how I loved that book. I’m not the biggest fan of YA, but this really captured me. So I know I’m going to enjoy The Scorpio Races.
I don’t have anything beyond that lined up, so if you have suggestions for relatively inexpensive e-books, I’d love to hear them.
*My only issue with Goodreads is that I can’t count the books I read to give my writer friends feedback on until they are published, and sometimes that’s not the same year I read it. Also, I can’t include the books I read as an intern for Entangled. Between the two of those things, that’s probably an extra 20 books a year. So, while 35 *might* seem low, there is a lot of behind the scenes reading going on ;-)**
**let’s not even think about all the academic stuff I’ll be reading!! Trying not to dwell on that until the papers actually start lol.