Reaching your Reading Goals

A few months back, I wrote about making a reading challenge for myself. I set a goal to read 40 books in 2013. That’s 28 more books than I read in 2012. I’ve completed 25 books so far this year and I’m right on track.

Here are my tips so far for setting and sticking to your reading goals:

IMG_0450Make your goal a reasonable one

I knew I wanted to read more books this year when I realized I had only read 12 books last year. I have been astounded by readers who set goals of 100 or more books in a year. Kudos to them, but I knew that wouldn’t be a realistic goal for me! I settled on 40 books, because that’s a little bit more than 3 books a month which seemed reasonable for me and my schedule. For some people, it may be 12 books in a year, or 20. Setting an unrealistic goal for yourself can lead to frustration and disappointment. It’s not about picking a huge number, for me, it’s about making more time to read and paying more attention to my reading habits.

Keep track of what you’ve read

As previously mentioned, I’m using Goodreads to keep track of what I’ve read, rate books, and add books to my To-Read list. Goodreads helps me stay on top of whether or not I’m on track for my goal and – if not – how far behind I am.

I would love to connect with other readers and bloggers on Goodreads! If you’re on Goodreads, please feel free to connect with me here.

You can also simply keep a hand-written list and cross books out as you go. Use the notepad app on your phone or even Evernote to log what you’ve read.

Make time to read

The greatest part about setting a reading goal for myself has been that I consciously make the time in my day to read by watching less T.V. and reading in small batches. I listen to audiobooks during my commute, I bring my Kindle to work so I can read on my lunch break. I read before bed, in the waiting room at the doctor’s office, under the hair dryer at the hair salon. Spending those extra ten minutes reading, rather than checking my Facebook feed again has made all the difference.

Enjoy it!

A reading goal should be fun, not something to stress over! If you find you’re reading too fast and rushing to finish one book in order to start the next,  you may  be missing out.

What tips can you share about meeting reading goals?

How are you doing on your own reading challenge?

9 thoughts on “Reaching your Reading Goals

  1. I’ve set a goal of reading 61 books this year and will pass that, I’m sure. I have a 30 minute commute on the underground, so that’s an hour’s worth of reading a day at least. I do blog posts twice a week and have figured out that I’ll have to read 104 books next year if I want to write about books in each post. Yikes! We’re also moving soon and my commute will get longer so maybe I can do it. Well see. I don’t watch much tv so that’s not really a problem. 104 might be a stretch though…

    Good luck with your reading!

      • I think I’ll keep my current goal for now. It’s too late in the year to raise it by 43 books. 😀 I think I may have sent you an invitation in Goodreads. It would be nice to have another friend to compare books with.

  2. I’ve always meant to set a goal for books read during the year and this is a great reminder. I love the idea of always having a book to work on, especially during those treasured found moments during the day. It’s so easy to have something loaded on the kindle or kindle phone app. Way to go!

    • I try to always have my kindle or kindle app ready to go just in case. And I love using Goodreads to add books to my To Read list so that I always have a new book in the queue – that minimizes my down time between books that I waste wondering “what should I read next?”

  3. I set a goal of 20 books for 2013, and I keep track of it on Goodreads as well. As you said above, this is a reasonable goal for me, as I’m a dreadfully slow reader. I see on your Goodreads link you’re reading Cheryl Strayed’s novel? Have you read her memoir, Wild? It was fantastic. I just finished rereading Stephenie Meyer’s New Moon (book 2 in the Twilight saga). I know her work is often criticized for being amateurish and not well written, but the stories are so compelling. I loved reading it again.

    • Yes I read Wild. I really enjoyed it and wanted to give her novel a try.

      Just as I have guilty pleasure shows I watch, I have guilty pleasure reads too! I think if a book (or TV show) is entertaining, who cares?

      • Agreed, 100%. I’m the furthest thing from a book snob, and I make no apologies for my reading choices. It’s all about entertainment and enjoyment, which is a very personal matter.

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