Just in case there was any question about my status as a total geek, I would like to put the debate to rest right now by telling you the thing about New Year’s Day I find most exciting. I eagerly anticipate setting my reading goals for the new year.
It’s true. When I contemplated 2012 rolling over to 2013, that was the thing that got me all in a tizzy. I could not wait to officially wrap up my reading goal for 2012 and start over with 2013. I did it before I went to bed on New Year’s Eve.
I’m not ashamed.
While Goodreads seems to be the most popular reading social site amongst my friends, I prefer Shelfari. Honestly, I mostly prefer it because I’m already invested there – that’s where I’ve kept book lists for the past few years – so I don’t want to switch now. I haven’t seriously compared the two sites. Shelfari allows me to keep my books on a virtual shelf, and divide them by “I plan to read”, “I’m reading”, and “I’ve read”.
I can rate the books, write reviews, and join groups and follow users. Other than the book shelf, my favorite feature is that I can set reading goals for myself. Each year I set a number of books I want to read that year, and then I never quite do so. Humph.
This year I have set myself a goal of 60 books. Last year I got in 55, so 60 didn’t seem like a huge stretch. Of course, I failed to account for having two children halfway through the year, but whatevs. Sometimes you’ve gotta live on the edge.
Every time I finish a book, I mark it as completed, with the date I finished the book, and Shelfari automatically adds it to my list for the year. The site also keeps stats on my reading habits, such as number of pages read and genres I tend to prefer. It even compares them to the site members at large – I particularly like that feature, as comparing my reading habits to the general public makes me feel smart. To be fair, though, it’s not infallible, because the genres are set by the readers. So, for example, I read two books that have a gay character (not the main character), and they are thus labeled as “Gay & Lesbian”. That seems a wee bit absurd to me.
I only need to read two more books this month to be on track. Of course, I got all excited about the new year and finished the first two books of the year in the first two days of the year. There’s nowhere to go from there but down. Oh, well! At the moment I feel productive and victorious. I’m clinging to that.
What about you? Do you use a social media site to track your books? Do you set yourself reading goals?
Here’s a motley assortment of great posts you should all check out:
- The Quirky Bookworm is doing a Classics Catch-Up Challenge in 2013.
- This challenging post from Sarah Mae is from nearly two months ago, but it’s still resonating with me – We Are the Sorter-Outers of the Tangles in Our Children’s Hearts.
- Francis Chan challenges Christians regarding our commitment – Are We Hugging the Balance Beam?
- Roo always cracks me up over at Nice Girl Notes. Check out her latest installment of This is How I Feel.
- My daddy wrote a fantastic Letter to the Editor regarding “compromise” as it regards gun rights.
- There’s a great discussion of ethics and morality as represented in Les Miserables over at Catholic Moral Theology.