One of our staff members, Judi, always aims to read 100 books a year. Some years, she’s finished early. Other years, she’s come up a little short. But while 100 books doesn’t sound like a lot over 365 days, it is, especially if you’re choosing books that average 350 pages or more.
I came across a fun post recently that gives some great tips to get that reading in…and meet your goal. While this is often done as a New Year’s Resolution, you can start this goal anytime….just read from April to April, or July to July. There are no rules here.
The article talks about bringing books with you everywhere you go, adding in audiobooks (because you can play them while you’re driving and thereby find more “reading” time in a day), scheduling your reading to optimize your time, and leaving books in visible areas around your home to remind you to read.
Personally, this type of reading goal would stress me out. It’s not that I don’t want to read lots of books in one year, but if I knew I was falling behind (because, hey, I would), it would discourage me overall. I want reading to be fun, a way to escape, with no rules or expectations around it. if you’re the same, you probably don’t belong to any book clubs or use Goodreads, and that’s okay. Read as many books as you like. I won’t judge.