BLOGTOBER Day 16: Goodreads Reading Challenge 2017

Goodreads Reading Challenge

2017 is almost over. There are only 76 days remaining in the year: including today. That’s not many. Because of this, I’ve been thinking about my Goodreads Reading Challenge.


When I looked on Goodreads yesterday, I was a whopping 33 books behind schedule. My target was to read 200 books in 2017, and though it started off well, things have spiralled out of control since August. I’ve hardly picked up any books, let alone finished them (and most of the ones I have finished haven’t been reviewed yet. Gah!).

Last year, I surpassed my 200 book target (reading 218 books). In 2015, I read 153 out of 150. I’ve already read 125 books this year… Is it time for me to change my target and make it a little bit more manageable?

Well, no.

It’s time for me to cheat.

I’m cheating! I’m cheating!:
Spongebob's cheating
Yes, Spongebob. You are.

…if you can really call it cheating.

In the past, I’ve counted novellas towards my challenge. This year, I’ve started counting the short stories that we’re studying in creative writing. Not all of them – ‘Exteriors’ by Kathleen Collins is less than one A4 page, after all – but the majority of them. A lot of them are over fifty pages, so they aren’t even exactly short! But I still feel guilty, for some inexplicable reason.

However, I have a friend who counts single issues of comics towards her challenge. A single issue of a comic only takes me five minutes to read, while a short story of this length takes me over half an hour. Surely that means they should count towards it, right? But I reviewed two picture books earlier in the year, and I felt no guilt adding those to my challenge score because they were for review… Do I need to actively consume whatever I read to feel justified in counting it?

Looking forward:

Since counting the short stories towards my challenge, I’ve gone up to 128 books read (30 behind schedule). Now, that still doesn’t sound manageable. I still have to read basically a book a day to succeed. BUT, if I continue doing as much university reading as I currently am, it might be possible.

I’m being overly optimistic, but I don’t want to change my goal. I was surpassing it for the first seven months of the year: it’s only the last three months that have let me down. I’m SURE I can do it if I really try… But am I overestimating myself? Only time will tell.

How do YOU do it?:
Sorry to interrupt your reading, but I have some questions for you!

Do you count novellas, or do you think that’s cheating?

Do you count graphic novels and not single issues, or do you think counting graphic novels AT ALL is wrong?

Leave your comments down below, and help me feel a little less guilty about my reading habits…

  • Barb(Boxermommyreads)

    It’s your number and your challenge so I say do whatever you want 🙂 I’m amazed at all of us bookworms who stress out about this Goodreads challenge. Personally, when I fall behind, I tend to gravitate toward graphic novels. This challenge this is a sickness!