Goodreads: What’s your Number?

There are many things I love about Goodreads, one of which being the fact that it challenges its users to read more books.

71 people have already finished? What, was their goal 1? January isn't even over yet!
71 people have already finished? What, was their goal 1? January isn’t even over yet!

I’ve always loved a challenge.

So, did I do the sane and rational thing here and pledge the average number of books or thereabouts, 58?

No. That’s too logical.

Did I go for an easy number so I could feel a sense of accomplishment when I finished?

No, that’s also too rational for me, dear reader.

This is what I did:

And I'm already behind.
I don’t think I’ve been this excited for 2% before–including milk.

I know that I am going to be doing a lot of reading in school, for a research project, and just on my own for pleasure, so I figured, what the heck, why not do 100 books? I’ve also been encouraging others to join me in the 100 Book Club (as I have just deemed it).

Encourage, bully, harass - those are all synonyms, right?
Encourage, bully, harass—those are all synonyms, right?

Plus I figured, heck, attempting to read 100 books can’t hurt me—if anything, I’ll enjoy the journey even if I don’t make it to the end of the challenge. After all, aren’t books about the journey rather than the ending?

I’m about to finish my third book, and honestly, every time I see that percentage go up I’ll know that I am one book down in my 100 book goal. Despite being an English major, I know enough math to figure that simple relation out.

Melanie did more than 50, but she's still not in the 100 Book Club.
Mel did more than 50, but she’s still not in the 100 Book Club.

Melanie and Allison are both participating in the 2014 Goodreads Book Challenge, and I encourage you to as well.

So reader, please tell me, what’s your Goodreads number? Are you going to join me in the 100 Book Club for 2014 or will you pick a more sane number of books to conquer (like my fellow contributors).


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