i love reading but i have a terrible attention span and often fall into periods where i just can’t bring myself to open a book. i always set realistic targets so that i can do my best to actually achieve it. i did manage 20 a couple of years ago but i’ve been sticking to 12 (one a month) recently, just managed it last year (i read something really short to get me out of a lull and focused on it again). i’ve set it to 12 again this year but i’m full of end-of-year, just-bought-loads-more-books enthusiasm so will hopefully get off to a good start, and might raise it slightly if i have a solid January.
sometimes the challenge feels like a bit of a double edged sword. desire to complete it can spur me on when i’m feeling like i can’t be bothered, and i feel a real sense of achievement every time the counter goes up one and especially when i complete it. on the other hand sometimes it can feel like a bit of a chore and discourages me from reading longer books or re-reading favourites. if i get off to a good start this year i’m gonna try my best to keep it up while allowing myself to do both of those in between (i do have a massive unread pile to get through though)
tl;dr - i’m shit at reading and take challenges too seriously.