On January 1st, 2016, I set a Goodreads Reading Challenge to read 40 books in 2017.
I read a total of 10,523 pages across 36 books. My shortest book was 64 pages (The Grownup by Gillian Flynn) and my longest book was 480 pages (Ill Will by Dan Chaon). My average rating was a 3.6 out of 5 stars.
To some, reading 40 books over the course of a year might seem easy — just ask my friend Melanie, who read 71 in 2017 or Emily, who read 205! To others, it’s an implausible, difficult goal. But for me, it was a solid balance between stretching myself to read more without setting the bar so high that I think I have no chance of ever reaching it.