Today I want to talk a little bit about book goals. Not so much about how many books you’ll read in a year or trying to read all the books by your favorite author.
Although I tried to do that once with James Patterson’s books, it all started with the Women’s Murder Club and it ended up with me trying to read Season of the Machete, I hit a big reading slump after that. I also hit an author slump because it just hasn’t been the same between us since I tried to do that.
Back to my original thought, I’m talking about NPR’s Top 100 Sci-fi Books or the Rory Gilmore reading challenge. Has anyone ever tried to complete one of those? I keep a reading journal, and this is really where the nerd side of me really comes out since its color coded) but there is a section in my journal for reading challenges. For example, I have a list of all the books Charlie read in the Perks of Being a Wallflower, I don’t actively search for the books to read but if I read one then I cross it off. I also copied down the lists for NPR’s Top 100 Sci-fi books, NPR’s Top 100 teenage books, the Rory Gilmore reading challenge, and Popsugars 2015 reading challenge.
While I really like reading challenges sometimes I feel like it’s taking away from my joy of reading, You know reading is what I love doing most, it is how I spend my free time when I’m not with my significant other (or even when were hanging out and he’s playing a game or something.) At the same time, I get excited when I cross off a book title from a challenge list and want to continue reading books from that list even if it’s not a book that I want to necessarily read next.
I have an entire section on my bookcase titled Someday Reading. This section consists of a pile of books that I will read Someday, I’m not going to read them today, and I don’t think I’m going to read them tomorrow, but I will someday. Maybe that’s excessive of me to keep books that I will maybe read someday, but they’re future goals