How many books did you read last year? Will your goal be to match that number or surpass it?
Last year, I read 91 books. This was 13 short of my target of 104.
I chose 104 for last year's target as I figured two books a week was pretty manageable but, as it turns out, life got pretty busy last year and sometimes I failed to achieve this, other times I more than doubled it and some weeks I read nothing at all.
This prompt made me look back at my Goodreads challenges for the past 5 years (that's how long I've joined in with them) and I've only succeeded in reaching my target twice.
In 2014, I set a target of 125 books and read 126.
In 2015, I set a target of 100 but read 85.
In 2016, I set a target of 65 and read 53.
In 2017, my target was 36 and I read 62.
Interestingly, 2014 was the year I started my current job and I read significantly fewer books that year than I did when I had my previous job. Year on year since then, my total has fallen (with the exception of last year). I totally blame the job... That and the little dude starting school which is freaking time-consuming!
Anyway, considering my target was successively lowered year after year until I put it back up for 2018, I'm rather proud of reading my 91 books and that's why this year I'm going to aim for 104 again.
I think that I'm finally starting to get my reading groove back but we'll see!