The year 2014 is going well for me, at least in terms of reading. Last year, when I failed on completing my challenge of reading 100 books, reading 100 books in 365 days became a major priority for me this year. Along with reading 100 books, I decided many minor targets to diversify my reading habit such as reading at least 10 new authors belonging to the contemporary world, or reading at least 10 books written by Indian authors and a few more.
I feel I am growing not only as reader but as sane human with grabbing more knowledge and developing a clear ability to understand and grab literature more. Reading is beneficial, always. Some of the minor challenges are still going on, but many of them are completed along with the major challenge. I am glad to say that I have read 100 books in 260 days. Somehow, it is an achievement for me.
I track my books on Goodreads.com. They have special widget, every year, called the Reading Challenge, in which a reader can challenge himself by setting a numerical value on his own estimations and pledge to read books to complete it. Goodreads.com, never forces anyone to read a number of books, or what kind of books and it’s all about your self-discipline and will-power, your own curiosity and interests.
The reading challenge widget also has tracker that tracks the books which you have read in that particular year.
Challenging yourself is just way of keeping yourself indulged in the reading activity. It’s a way to motivate, and tempt you to read more books, and diversify your reading taste. It’s not about you winning the Best Reader of the Year Award, and there is no such rubbish, I believe.
So, what are your reading challenges this year? How do you keep a track record of the books you read?