Shannon Stacey

Answering to the Goodreads stats

I’m willing to bet my New Year’s resolution wasn’t exactly unique—stop outbuying my reading pace. The TBR pile—even when it’s digital—is out of control and at some point you’ve gotta stop and read the books you’ve got.

This ridiculously doomed resolution coincided with another—keep track of the books I’ve read. Enter… (links to my profile). I’d signed up at some point, become totally overwhelmed by it and promptly put it out of my mind. But somebody mentioned using it to keep track of the books they’ve read, so I went back and gave it a look-see.

Okay. So I decided I would add books as I bought them starting in January, 2010. I wasn’t about to put in previous books because there so many, but those would get added as I read from the TBR backlog. Excellent plan for Resolution #2.

Except that it illustrates all too well how badly I blew Resolution #1.

Eight weeks into 2010 and how many books have I acquired? 62

How many have I marked as read? 6

Oops. Clearly I need to read faster or buy slower.

4 comments to “Answering to the Goodreads stats”

  1. Siddhartha
      · February 25th, 2010 at 3:26 pm · Link

    I had to laugh at your resolution because I have made it all too often.

    For years I have felt compelled to finish a book because I started it, even if I started it to see IF it was any good, which obviously it wasn’t. I’ve recently convinced myself this is a waste of my time.

    Still, too many good, worthwhile books to read. I can empathize.

    (But still, 62 books in six weeks…get ahold of yourself woman!)

  2. Shannon
      · February 25th, 2010 at 3:38 pm · Link


    In my defense, some were free titles and some were bought with micropay, but…yeah. That’s a lot of books.

  3. Ellen Fisher
      · February 25th, 2010 at 3:52 pm · Link

    62 books. Wow *is impressed*. I’ve bought a lot since I got my Kindle, but… wow. If you’re going to keep up with your buying pace, you’re going to have to read really, REALLY fast!

  4. Natalie J. Damschroder
      · February 26th, 2010 at 2:29 pm · Link

    That’s so funny. I started using Goodreads the same way this year! I haven’t bought nearly as many new books, but I HAVE bought and read new books instead of the ones on my TBR pile. It makes me feel ADD. :(

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