[TheLateness] Goodreads

Rows of books at a library

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In today’s episode of #thelateness, I give you Goodreads.

I have no idea why I’d never bothered to make a profile before a few days ago. Over the past few years, I’ve kept track of the books I read through a list I’d made on my phone. Also, I jot down the amount of books I aim to read that year.

Along with creating my reading goal for the year, I’d also entered into a reading challenge through Books With A Past, and through The Scout Project. My friend and Scout Project creator, Libby Zay, had suggested making a profile on Goodreads to keep track.

There was something NaNoWriMo-esque about the whole thing—meaning I love having communities rally around a common hobby—so I gave it a try. And I’ve no idea why it’s taken me so long to go on there and look around, but I suppose it just got lost in the shuffle with other things I’d meant to do and forgot about. As I’m trying to get more organized this year and learn that I’m not an island, it gave me a feeling of accomplishment seeing the amount of books I want to read, and being able to check some off as Read.

My only thing is giving reviews—I hate doing that. Part of me feels like I’ll end up spoiling the book for someone and the other part of me hates “telling” an author what I didn’t like about their book. I write and edit professionally—I know how hard it is and how hard people work for it. I know what it feels like to work on something, only to be told what they didn’t like about it. Or worse, how they weren’t able to finish the book because it just wasn’t for them—as was the case with a book I’d recently tried.

So if you’ve found my profile and follow me, that would explain the lack of words along with the individual book’s rating.

As I have a lot that I have mapped out for this year, this time I’d kept my goal very light—to have read 13 books this year. No doubt I’ll more than likely read more, but for once I wanted to take it easy on myself.

What are your reading goals this year?

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