I love Goodreads. I really do. But according to that site (said with disdain), I’ve only read 50 books this year. Considering part of my job is reading, that’s a pretty pathetic number. Of course, most of my work reading is excerpts from books, so a lot of my time is spent reading a small part of hundreds of books. There’s really no easy way to count those, so I don’t even try.
I thought about finding a reading challenge to help me boost my numbers, but all of the ones that focused on quantity seemed to be about getting to 100 books. I don’t think doubling my reading output next year is in the cards, so I decided to create my own reading challenge.
How to Participate:
- Figure out how many books you read in 2010. Estimate if necessary.
- Add 11 to that number. Read (at least) that many books in 2011. Only books started and finished in 2011 count.
- Keep us up-to-date on your progress by commenting on this blog post, on our Facebook Page, or at the +11 in ’11 discussion folder on our Goodreads group.
- Feel free to use the above image on your site, if you’d like!
Simple, huh? As Ann pointed out, 11 additional books works out to one extra book per month, with a month off for good behavior!
Beyond the basic idea of upping your 2010 number by 11, you are free to structure this challenge as you’d like. Maybe you’ll try to read 11 authors you’ve never read before. Or maybe you’ll commit to 11 short story collections, or 11 works of fiction, if you’re mostly a non-fiction reader, or vice-versa. It’s entirely up to you. Me? I think I’m just going to try to get to that magic number of 61.