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Keeping Score

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on January 27, 2014 in Personal |

Initially I was worried that the target I had set was too high. Looking through the lists it seemed as if many other people were trying for a far smaller number, something easily within their grasp. Then I saw a few who had opted for considerably more, and even some who had made good headway into their target despite the fact that the year has hardly even started. Would twenty-five books be too many, bearing in mind all the other things that I have to do, all the other things that I want to do? Would I be able to fulfill my ambition and complete the challenge on Goodreads?

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Now my thoughts are going in the other direction. Did I put down too small a target for my reading this year? Perhaps I could have doubled it all up and claimed fifty titles. Those who wished to get through fifty or even one hundred books had made good starts, but I am not lagging behind. I even see some people, with a wide range of numbers, who haven’t even started yet. Will they make it by the end of the year?

There are no prizes. If you meet the challenge, if you read as many – or more – books than you claimed you get nothing but a good feeling inside. And with over a quarter million people taking part in the challenge, over sixteen million books and an average of fifty-eight per person…

I have finished nine books for my challenge so far, and am currently reading two titles at one go – which is not unusual for me – so it’s looking good. I just wonder, though, those one hundred and thirty-three who have already completed the challenge, how many did they say they’d read? And, more to the point, having completed the challenge, will they carry on reading and add to their score?

Say whatever you will, reading isn’t dead yet. Perhaps there are fewer people reading less, perhaps they are using different methods to read, but literature is still being enjoyed, and that is a good thing.

Love & Kisses, Viki.

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