One New Years Eve, back when I was at primary school, I decided that my resolution would be to read 30 books in one year. That meant that I had to read an average of 2.5 books per month. As the year progressed my choice of novel was based more and more on the thickness of the book and the size of its print, rather than whether I actually thought it was worth reading. Even though I chose shorter and shorter novels I was still unsuccessful for my first two years, it was only on the third consecutive year of making the same resolution that I actually managed to achieve it. It can be good to have measurable goals but not if it causes the quality of our achievements to be diminished simply in order to fit into a pre-determined measurement.
If, say, I want to read more books, and I set the aim of 30 per year, am I a failure for only reading 28? Or, am I a winner for reading 30 books even though I missed out on The Count of Monte Cristo because it has too many pages? Will my focus on ’30 books’ make me blind to other opportunities that come my way throughout the year? Will I even care about ’30 books’ by the end of the year?
I am no longer worried about the number of books I read per year but I do always want to read more. I have been keeping track of the books that I read on my reading log, check it out here.