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Musing Mondays (June 4)

June 4, 2012

This week’s musing asks…

Do you have a reading goal for the year, such as __ books? Why or why not?




I usually try to read at least 52 books per year — a book-a-week. From 2002 on, I belonged to a Yahoo! group called “Book-a-Week“, where the main goal was to read 52 books a year. We kept a reading log (and/or book journal), and we let the group know every time we finished a book. Those who met the goal used to get a bookmark from a fellow group member who had also reached their 52-book goal.

So, that has stuck with me, and every year since, I have aimed to read 52 books/year. Mind you, nowadays, that isn’t hard. Now I read approximately 70-80 books per year, so it’s fairly easy to hit 52 — heck, for this year, I’ve already read 40 books, and it’s only June! :P

Either way, I don’t participate in the BaW group much, any more. But, I still do aim for that number, and I still keep a book journal of what I’ve read. I will probably always do the book journal thing, at the very least, as it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done for my reading.


PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Musing Mondays post, or share your answer in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

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46 Comments
  1. My GoodReads goal is to read 50 books this year, I’m at 26 right now.
    Here’s my MM: http://irbratb.com/?p=2365

  2. Being retired I find I have more time to read, which is great, because I love reading.

    Here is my answer for this week… http://annsreadingcorner.blogspot.com

  3. Things like planning and goals are not really my thing, as you can see from my Musing Monday.

    http://caitesdayatthebeach.blogspot.com/2012/06/musing-monday.html

  4. After hitting the low 90s for a few years, in 2011 my goal was to get to 100. And I made it with 114 new books and about 20 re-reads. This year I’m reading longer stuff so my goal is 52 and I’m already up to 26 with about 4 re-reads.

  5. I’m doing the Goodreads challenge and my goal is 100 books. Good luck with your goals this year!
    My Musing Mondays: http://alyssareadsbooks.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/musing-mondays-3-4062012.html

  6. Alicia♥ permalink

    Click here for my Monday Musing! : http://bookaworld.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/musing-mondays-june-4/

    Have a happy week ahead :)

  7. I set a goal through GoodReads.. sometimes I meet it, sometimes I don’t :)

    Here’s my Musing Monday :)

    Happy Reading!

  8. Here’s my Musing Monday post
    .http://booandkari.blogspot.com/2012/06/musing-mondays.html

    Thanks for hosting this!

  9. wcs53 permalink

    I like this question. I enjoy keeping track of the books I’ve read. Here’s my answer:

    http://wcs53.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/musing-mondays-june-4/

  10. I liked this weeks question… I could have went on forever…. http://doodlebugsbookshelf.blogspot.com/2012/06/monday-musing-5.html

  11. Great question. I think 52 books is a great goal. glad to hear you’ve been able to hit that goal frequently. Here’s my MM: http://meganm922.blogspot.com/2012/06/musing-mondays-plus-last-weeks.html

  12. I went a little overboard when answering! Here is mine – http://northernplunder.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/musing-mondays-2.html

  13. carvedbytheshadows permalink

    I had a reading goal until recently, but decided I needed a change. Here is my answer: http://irememberdelight.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/musing-mondays-june-4/

  14. Good question

    Here’s my Monday Musing

  15. Great question! Here’s my answer: http://wp.me/p1WoFm-ha

  16. I do not keep track, but I should start

  17. I set the goal for 100 books this year.
    My full answer is posted.

  18. Patricia @ Lady with Books permalink

    My answer

    http://ladywithbooks.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/musing-mondays-reading-goals/

    (ugh. tired. need sleep. too lazy to do HTML)

  19. I track right now, but am debating whether to do it next year..

    http://enchantedbybooks.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/musing-mondays-11/

  20. Soon, I will accomplish my reading goal for this year, soon I will be adding more books to my Goodreads challenge http://jessysbookends.blogspot.com/2012/06/musing-mondays-2012-reading-goal.html

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