Read More This Year with the 2018 Reading Challenge
Last year, more than three million readers joined the Challenge and collectively finished more than 43 million books. In a recent survey of Goodreads members, 82 percent said they wanted to spend more time reading. So…what are you waiting for?
Set your goal:
- Keep it fun! You can begin the year by committing to an easily achievable goal to avoid feeling overwhelmed. If you quickly gain on your goal, you can always increase the number of books in your challenge.
- Some members set a calendar-based goal: 12 books (one per month), 24 books (two per month), or even 52 books (one per week).
- The Reading Challenge is all about what you want to read. If you're focused on reading a long literary classic like War and Peace, that will take more time to read than a graphic novel. Plan accordingly! If you find yourself breezing through lots of short novels, try being more aggressive.
- Rereading counts! Want to go back and re-experience an old favorite? Or maybe you just want to get over a reading slump by reading something you know you already love. Now all the books you reread count towards your Reading Challenge.
Find great books:
- Get recommendations tailored just for you by rating books you've already read. The more books you rate, the better your recommendations will be.
- Find reader-approved books by looking through the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards winners and nominees. Peruse the 400 books across 20 categories to add to your reading list.
- The Goodreads blog is the perfect source for countless reading recommendations. Check out this list of our most popular posts of 2017 or these lists of readers' top horror, science fiction, fantasy, mystery & thriller, and romance novels.
- You can also browse the thousands of reading lists on Listopia—where you'll find categories on everything from Stephen King's top 10 favorite books to 2018's highly anticipated sci-fi and fantasy novels.
Update Your Challenge From Inside Your Kindle Book:
- Pro tip for Kindle readers: Connect your Goodreads and Kindle accounts so every book you read can count towards your goal. (To connect your accounts, click here.) Once you've connected accounts, you can easily add the Kindle book you're reading to your Currently Reading or Read shelf from inside the book. There's no need to switch to Goodreads to update the books you've read to make them count for your Challenge. This feature is available with the following:
- Most Kindle and Fire devices (U.S., U.K., Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and India).
- Kindle app for iPhones, iPads or Android devices (U.S.).
- Whispersync on Kindle allows you to switch from your Kindle ereader to your Kindle app on your iOS or Android device, guaranteeing you can tuck into your current book from anywhere.
- Use your local library's website to request books online and have them waiting for you. Add your local library link as one of your Book Links so that when you find a book on Goodreads, you can open up the page on your library website and order the book.
- Listen to audiobooks! Our members say this is a simple way to read more books—and to multitask while enjoying a novel. Find some audiobook suggestions here.
- Keep track of your 'Want to Read' books. Remember to mark books that intrigue you as Want to Read. You can also use the Goodreads app to scan book covers, making it a snap to remember what you want to read next.
Don't Read Alone:
- Join one of our thousands of online reading groups that span across topics, themes, and genres. Your perfect reading community is waiting for you.
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