I’m going to guess — since you’re reading this on Inspy Romance — that you’re a bit like me when it comes to books. You like to read. A lot.
I don’t remember not loving books. One of my earliest memories is of my mom reading the Little House on the Prairie books to me while my younger sister napped. And then I remember going to the library every other Saturday morning. For years on end.
I LOVED going to the library.
Seriously. I discovered Nancy Drew and read every single one of those at least once. (No Hardy Boys for me though.) Then I stumbled onto Trixie Belden, a redheaded girl sleuth of all things!, and read those at least once too. When I discovered the juvenile fiction section, I actually started at the very beginning of the stacks with the authors with the last name of A and went through all the rows of books, looking at every single book and picking my dozen that I’d have read before the next library visit came. And I believe I went through those stacks more than once.
So, yeah. I kinda like books!
Through the years I’ve always meant to track what I read. And I’d start out well, but who wanted to write down what book I’d just read when there was another one waiting for me to read? So I never did a good job of tracking what I read.
Until this year!
Another author, late in 2016, shared her 2016 Goodreads reading challenge where she gave herself a number goal for books she wanted to read in that year. And then she posted her list on Facebook, I think it was. I thought that might be a good way to track what I’d read and actually remember them, since I was starting to forget what books I’d already read and had no idea how many I’d read in a year.
My goal was 52 books. One a week. I knew there’d be sections of the year where I’d never get to it and other times — like right after Christmas when I’d have a stack of six new books to read — where I’d plow right through them. And it has been really fun seeing what I’ve read. And even seeing if there’s a pattern developing in what I read.
Now I hope this doesn’t sound crazy and OCD to you all! I am a writer, after all, so paying attention to what I read and what I enjoy reading is important to my work. What I didn’t expect, though, would be the occasional book conversations that would happen after I’d posted a review of a book. Goodreads is a pretty relaxed book site; I only hop on when I finish a book and check then to see if there are any comments to reply to. There might be one or two; there might be none. But it has been a lot of fun to share books I’ve enjoyed with other people and to hear if they read it and loved it too.
What about you? Are you the type of person to track your books? If it was easy — like only a minute or two to do –would you do it? Do you have reading goals for the year?
Right now I’ve read 36 books in 2017. I’m on vacation as I’m writing this post, and I’m reading another book and listening to an audiobook as well. So that number should grow pretty quickly, and then I’ll only be a book or two behind schedule. But if I don’t read 52 books? That’s okay, because there is definitely life to be lived outside of fiction, right?
I mean, I really do need to get back to my library!