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Old 01-01-2021, 11:29 AM
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If you track or record the books you read in 2020, how many did you read? What will your goal for 2021 be?

I read 37 in 2020. My goal is 40 in 2021.


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Old 01-01-2021, 11:42 AM
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I read 50--but I wrote them down on a log for the library and turned that in, without keeping a list for myself. i'll make sure to keep my own list this year! (quite a few of those books were YA books, a couple poetry, and a few audio)

every summer for the past few years, i would read about 20 books and lament the fact that i am too busy during the school year to read non-school books, so i've made it a focus to make sure to keep reading during the school year.

i did a 50-book challenge last year and just made it with minutes to spare (reading 18 books in the last 20 days) won't do that again...

my goal for this year will be 50 again.
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Old 01-01-2021, 11:48 AM
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I consider myself a reader. I don’t understand counting books read. What’s the point?

ETA: That wasn’t a snarky question, I really do want to know why you count books. Thanks.
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Old 01-01-2021, 12:00 PM
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I actually have never counted or kept a list until this year. Several months into 2020 I began wondering if I was reading more because of the pandemic I went back and wrote down the books I had read and continued until yesterday. I read 87 books that I have record of. I have always been an avid reader but I have no data for other years for comparison .

No goal for 2021, but I will write them down again this year. Already finished one today that I had started a couple days ago.
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Old 01-01-2021, 12:11 PM
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I read 39 books in 2020 which was down from 55 the previous year. I track them in Goodreads. Why? I just like to! My goal for 2021 is 40 books.


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Old 01-01-2021, 12:11 PM
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I’ve kept a reading journal for more than 15 years, and I always enjoy, at the end of each year, counting how many books I read that year. 2020 was dismal—32 books. For comparison, in 2019 I read 65 books, which is a very average number for me.

I don’t set goals for reading, although maybe I should this year—to read more. I used to be such a reader.
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Old 01-01-2021, 12:16 PM
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I don't keep track, but a lot of my reading is actually rereading.

My goal is just to find good books to read, the more the better, lol.
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Old 01-01-2021, 12:23 PM
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Counting books gives me a sense of accomplishment while doing something I love anyway. Reading is important and making it a goal in my mind helps me from being guilty while reading instead of doing something else because Iím working toward my very important goal of reading X amount of books!
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Old 01-01-2021, 12:25 PM
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I track my books for the year. I like to see how many Iíve read. Also, I can look at my list if I go to read and book that sounds familiar but Iím not sure whether Iíve read it already or not.

I donít make New Years resolutions but I set a few goals and the number of books to try to read is always one of them.
My goal for last year was 40 books but I only read 30 (I had trouble getting into books during lockdown for some reason). My goal for this year is 30.
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Old 01-01-2021, 12:38 PM
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I consider myself a reader. I don’t understand counting books read. What’s the point?

ETA: That wasn’t a snarky question, I really do want to know why you count books. Thanks.
I started tracking books when I'd read a book and realized, "Oh I read this already". Tracking helps me keep it straight! I also used to read TONS in elementary, middle school, and high school. Once college and adulthood set in, I never seemed to have enough time and didn't read as much as I did when I was younger. Tracking books has helped me read more again. I'm no where near where I was in elementary, middle, and high school, but I'm getting there! Also, there are so many books on to-read list that tracking books helps me read more, so I can get to those books on my to-read stack. In some ways, tracking holds me accountable/motivates me more.


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Old 01-01-2021, 12:41 PM
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I agree that one reason I like keeping track is because sometimes I can't remember by title if I've read a book. So it's a way to check. Plus I keep my TBR books in Goodreads, too, so I don't forget about them.
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Old 01-01-2021, 12:41 PM
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I count books, miles run, recipes made, kind actions done, etc because I am extremely quantitatively motivated. I love data! My goals for the year are mostly set by number.

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Old 01-01-2021, 12:43 PM
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I don't count what I've read, and like amiga I've never understood making reading goals based on quantity (but I'm not really a goal setter, so that's probably why). But I do keep track on goodreads just so I know what I've read. Looks like I read 83 books last year, not counting rereads (I probably reread 10-15 books) or books that I started and gave up.
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Old 01-01-2021, 12:45 PM
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Iím not an avid reader so I most likely have read about 5-8. I feel like a looser compared to you all.
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Old 01-01-2021, 12:50 PM
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Thanks for your explanations. Very interesting. Youíve shown me a new way to think about reading.
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Old 01-01-2021, 12:55 PM
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I started using Goodreads two years ago to track my reading. I like having a list of what Iíve read so I can go back and see if Iíve read a book or not. And I like the feeling of accomplishment when I see how many Iíve read.

In 2019, I read exactly 100 books. So that was my goal for 2020. However with the pandemic I ended up reading only 73 in 2020. I think I felt lethargic and it was so difficult for me to concentrate on books.

My new goal for 2021 is 75. Weíll see how it goes!
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Old 01-01-2021, 01:00 PM
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I read 50 this year. I'd like to read 60 next year.

I track for the same reason as TeacherBee4 and annie. In fact, yesterday I looked back and realized that I didn't even remember reading a book I read in 2019! As in, I would have said I didn't read it!

At the beginning of the year, I make a list of about 10 or 15 books for edification to set my reading goals for the year (classics I never read, biographies I should read, history books about periods I know little about, topics that interest me, etc.), and then I just randomly read all the other books that interest me or that are recommended. Sometimes I read all of the ones I intend to on my edification list and sometimes I don't, but I like having learning reading goals while being able to be flexible.
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Old 01-01-2021, 01:38 PM
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I never kept track of the books I read before. During the pandemic, I joined several online book clubs and started to post the book jackets of the books I finished along with a non-spoiler summary/review of the book on Facebook just in case some of my FB friends who were stuck at home were interested in reading the type of books I was reading. This evolved into several of my friends asking me to make a list. I use the website/app Goodreads, which among other things organizes your books into different categories and lists them for you. You add them as you finish and it produces a numerical list. I have no particular number of books in mind, and it is just fun and interesting to me personally to see how many I have read. I would not have thought to list them if I hadn't downloaded Goodreads. And certainly, some titles and genres are quicker reads than others.
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Old 01-01-2021, 01:54 PM
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I read 30 books in 2020. All were novels. I am just finishing my eleventh book since September by Diane Chamberlain. If I find an author I like I read more. I have no goals for this year. I am hoping to find another author I like.
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Old 01-01-2021, 04:15 PM
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I don't actively count, but do track in Goodreads for many of the same reasons others have posted. I often find myself talking about a book without remembering the name, so it's handy to be able to go back and look. I've also found that I can remember what was happening in my life when I think about what I was reading during that time - scrolling back through my list is kind of like taking a walk down memory lane.

Courtesy of Goodreads, here are my reading stats for the year.

Edit: I don't set a number goal for myself, but in the last few years I've made a concerted effort to seek out BIPOC authors and books in "own voices." It's been interesting.
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Old 01-01-2021, 04:23 PM
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Irish, don't feel bad at all. I've read 12 books in 2020. I lost some people very close to me and just really struggled with focusing. I'm hoping that I read more this year.

I don't set reading goals for myself but have started listing the books I read so that I can remember what I've read to add to the monthly "What've you been reading" post here and so I don't choose a book I've already read because....memory fails me sometimes .

I have friends who choose to participate in reading challenges and it's fun to see their fb posts requesting recommendations for books that fit a certain category; or their summary of a book they read for a certain category which was so bad or surprisingly so good.
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Old 01-01-2021, 06:04 PM
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I read 84 books last year. My goal will be 75 this year. I always have at least one book going. I don’t set a goal because I care, it’s just a fun thing to track. I’m like the Others and mostly track to remember. I write short reviews on all the books I read and enjoy looking back over my shelves of books read. People know I’m a reader, so I often get asked for book suggestions.
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Old 01-02-2021, 03:11 AM
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According to Goodreads, 25. But I think I read a couple more before I joined. I also abandoned a few so it feels like even more! I like tracking like many others noted. Sometimes I forget what I've read. Love having the titles displayed and the reviews too on Goodreads.
I think counting books read can be a motivator too when I feel sluggish, just like exercise. I'm trying to make sure it's a joyful daily routine.
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Old 01-02-2021, 06:36 AM
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I read about 60 books this year...
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Old 01-02-2021, 06:51 AM
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I read 55 books this year.

People track their accomplishments for different reasons. Some people like to set walking goals and keep track of miles walked. I imagine the reasons vary. Some like the motivation, get a sense of accomplishment, or want to hold themselves accountable. I love that Tia challenges herself to try new recipes.



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Old 01-02-2021, 09:22 AM
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I read 89 books in 2020. I like to write down the titles and authors so I can remember what I've read. This year, in the book I've kept since July 2000, I plan to add a 5 point star system.

I keep track of the number because I like counting things. I find it interesting to see the difference from year to year but I don't have a number goal because I don't really care. I just like numbers.
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Old 01-02-2021, 11:23 AM
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Wow! I stated keeping track of my reading in Goodreads this year. I added books I've read in the past too. This year I've read 86. I'm shocked! I knew I read way more with the pandemic, but had no idea it was that much!
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