Numbers in the reading world

Let’s talk numbers.  I like numbers.  If I remember back when I was a child, I guess I always have.  As an adult, this love of numbers led me into my first college degree, which is accounting. When I received my second college degree, my love of numbers continued, as I was constantly trying to convince my students that math was fun. This feat somedays was more challenging than accounting.  Now, as a book reader and a blogger, I noticed that numbers are playing a big role in my life again.

Has anyone else noticed how much numbers play an important part of your reading life? These past few months, I have really noticed this and perhaps it’s because I don’t have a lot of free time anymore.  It also might be because some of the numbers I am looking at, are getting larger. 

Pattern obtained by superimposing black numbers on multicolored background. This is obtained by multiple colors paint watercolor technique on paper.

Goodreads is one area I am looking at.  Have you seen some of the reading goals that some individuals set? I’ve been reading some blog posts and I am amazed that some individuals aim for goals of 300+ books per year!  That is almost one book a day! In my mind, I think, how can someone read one book a day? Wow!  If I could do that, my TBR shelf might get empty before I die. 

Then, there are the Goodreads Giveaways.  Have you seen the numbers on some of them?  I got a notice yesterday about one that had 100 copies available.  That sounds like a lot of books and I might have a chance to win one of them BUT there’s already 16,634 individuals that have already entered! Yeah, this one wasn’t looking good now. A couple other giveaways this week that I received notices for, my odds were not in my favor: 2.2%, .55%, .016%, and .31%. It’s great that there are the giveaways but these numbers are huge!

I noticed today that according to Goodreads, I am “behind 2 books” according to my goal for the year.  I hadn’t been paying much attention to that bar on the page but now, I most certainly am.

When writing a review, I try to be honest and fair.  I don’t add spoilers and I try to write something that I would like to read, if I were a reader.  When posting a review, I always wonder if anyone actually read it or cared. I don’t get hung up on this but having the “like” and/or “comment” button is nice and is another number feature of reading. I like following individuals to see what they have read and how they feel about it. By leaving something on a post, I feel as if I have left a bit of myself there for them.  That “like” or “comment” is another number.

Books: The books that I want to read is a continuous growing number that I must constantly maintain.  The number grows and I try to weed it down every so often.  The number of books in my house is growing and I don’t think this is a problem, yet.  I have high hopes of dwindling this down.

So, there are some of the number issues that I have been confronted with lately. I’m sure there are others but these are the ones that come to the top of my head right now.  How about you?  Does anyone else notice lately or does it not bother you how numbers play into your reading?  

2 thoughts on “Numbers in the reading world

  1. Great post! I stopped entering giveaways. One great thing about them was that they made me aware of some books I wouldn’t have otherwise noticed.
    I wish there was a way to separate children’s books, so that they do not count towards the challenge or, even better, have their own challenge 🤔


    1. Thank you. I have to agree with you, giveaways do show me books that I’ve never seen before. I don’t enter giveaways like I used to though, as the current numbers and their % scare me off.
      Since I have grandchildren, work with kids and volunteer at the library in the children’s sections, I read and enjoy children’s books. I consider children’s books into my challenge number for the year and I am usually adjusting my number up a few times before the end of the year. I do think it’s funny when I read that some individuals are reading children’s books at the end of the year just so that they can meet their challenge goal. It’s really okay, to not meet your goal.

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