Every year Goodreads hosts the Goodreads Reading Challenge. It’s a simple challenge. You pick a number of books you want to read that year, and you read them. That’s it! You can keep track of your progress by logging your read books on your Goodreads account, and supplying the date of when you finished the book.
This will be my fourth year doing the Goodreads Reading Challenge. This year I’m going to try for my biggest goal yet of 100 books. It won’t be easy, but I have 5 great tips to help anyone on their own Goodreads Reading Challenge.
1. Schedule It
While some people are just naturally inclined to get their reading in, some of us need a little extra push. If you’re going to finish your reading challenge, you need to find the time to read. Make it a priority. Find a time in the day that you can set aside to read, such as before bed or over your morning coffee.
For the advanced level of this, consider making reading quotas. Example: Read 10% of your current novel or a set number of pages a day.
2. Variety Is The Spice Of Life
Don’t be afraid to mix it up! Read books of various lengths and design. Short books are great for catching up or getting out of a reading slump. And remember, you don’t need to only read novels. Plays, poetry, graphic novels, and even audiobooks are all fair game.
3. Bring Books Everywhere
What do standing in line, taking the bus, and waiting for water to boil have in common? They are all opportunities for reading! You would be surprised at how many pages you can read in those stolen moments. The key is to have something to read everywhere you go. If you don’t want to carry a physical book, there are plenty of free reading apps (Such as Kindle or OverDrive) that let you read from your phone. This counts for audiobooks too, which you can listen to while driving or doing chores.
4. Reading Groups And Challenges
Need a little competition to inspire you to read more? Challenges such as read-a-thons can give you that little extra push as you race others to read as much as you can over a set number of days. Or maybe you want your reading to be more social? In that case, consider joining a local book club or even check out some online. Goodreads has reading groups for nearly every kind of reader out there. Check out this #AmReading article for some upcoming challenges and read-a-thons.
5. Read What You Enjoy
It happens to all of us. You find a book with promise, you get a few chapters in, and it just doesn’t hook you. Maybe it’s just not something you’re interested in or maybe it’s not well written. Whatever it is, if you don’t need to read it for school or work, and you’re not enjoying it, it’s okay to stop. Honestly, you’ll likely save time by giving up on a bad book earlier, rather then slogging through to the end. Read what you enjoy. Read what makes you want to stay up past your bed time for just one more chapter. You’ll have your Goodreads Challenge finished before you know it.
What’s your Goodreads reading goal for 2017?
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