At the beginning of August, I set a goal for myself. I wanted to hit 150 books. At the time I was hovering around 120, so 30 books in 30 days seemed ambitious but doable.
Well, it is August 31st and I am here to tell you….
I am ending the month at 180 books read since January.
On the one hand, I’m really excited about that, but on the other hand, I’ve been watching the number slowly tick up all month so the excitement has worn off. Like, ‘Yup, I did that. Living alone improves your reading statistics, who knew? On to the next goal.’
I’ve been tracking my reading numbers for 7 years and this is the first time I’ve broken 180. (Including the year I counted the comic books I was reading in a fruitless attempt to make my impossibly high reading goal. That was a depressing year.)
Law school officially starts next week so my habit of 2-3 books a day is probably about to crash and burn. However, I’ve still got my audio books and I’m looking forward to see where this goes.
I did not read 150 books by August 15th. However, I did by August 20th. Now, August 22nd, I’m hoping to close in on 160. The best part of this endless unpacking is all the audio books I can get through. I put them in at twice the speed and wallah…the hours fly by.
I suppose this isn’t much of an update as much as me noting that I’m on target and feeling quite triumphant. We’ll see how long this lasts.
- Complete daily Korean lesson (check)
- Preserve Snapchat streaks (check)
- Write a blog post (in the works)
1 3 books (1/3 complete)
My original plan was just 1 book a day for the month of August, but then I thought, why read 1 book a day when I could achieve my August goal by reading 3 books a day until August 15th? I will probably drop the whole 3 books things as it is seriously cutting into my productivity but it pleases me to realize I can do it. (And for that reason I’m leaving it on the to-do list.)
Now that I’ve achieved my actual reading goal of 118, I have a secret reading goal. I don’t think I’ll make it. But I’m hopeful. I don’t think I ever made it this far in one year. I mean, 124 books by August 4th?
That’s more than I read all of last year.
I’ve set a test to see if I will make my secret reading goal. I’m going to try and hit 150 books by the end of August. If I make it, I will push further forward. If I don’t, I will try and let it go. Maybe. I like goals.
But I also know my lovely summer of peace and reading is drawing to a close. So we shall see!