Want to Read More Books in 2019? Take the Goodreads Reading Challenge!

Posted by Marie on January 1, 2019
"Read more books" is a popular New Year's resolution, but—call us biased—we think it should be the only resolution you make. Because what's more fun and rewarding than reading amazing books? And to help you, we have the 2019 Goodreads Reading Challenge!

It's simple: Set a goal of how many books you want to read this year, and we'll help you keep track of it. How many books will you be pledging?

After several years of offering the Reading Challenge, we know what helps people enjoy their year of reading. Here's some of our best advice.

Pro Tips for Reaching Your Goal:

Plan Accordingly

  • Push yourself, but be realistic. Avoid the dreaded reading slump by committing to an achievable goal. You can always increase the number of books later.

  • Use the calendar as a guideline: 12 books (one per month), 24 books (two per month), or even 52 books (one per week).

  • Reading shouldn't feel like a chore. Remember, this challenge is all about what you want to read. But don't take our word for it: See what these experts have to say.

Boost Your Progress

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message 1: by Danyelle (new)

Danyelle 75!

message 2: by Jessica (new)

Jessica the **Sexy Book Diva** I did 280 in 2018 I'm going for 300 this year.

message 3: by Me (new)

Me 150. Easy )

message 4: by Atiti (new)

Atiti 80:)

message 5: by Sabo (new)

Sabo theBooklover 73 books

message 6: by Linda (new)

Linda Bargas Wow! I’m in awe of you guys 📚

message 7: by RHM (new)

RHM Rooijendijk Lets start w/ 25 its not a compatition. 😏

message 8: by Ninosy (new)

Ninosy  (Wonder Woman) Ill say 50

message 9: by Michelle (new)

Michelle 250 but I know it will probably be more like 300. :) FYI I don't watch tv and am a night hawk. ;)

message 10: by Liubov (new)

Liubov Now I say 135 books but will see.. :)

message 11: by Veronika (new)

Veronika 35 this year and I'm impressed with your numbers guys Oo

message 12: by Andrei88 (new)

Andrei88 60

message 13: by Mladoria (new)

Mladoria 200

message 14: by Hawazin (new)

Hawazin 50

message 15: by Britt (new)

Britt Meter 100

message 16: by Ocean (Charlie) (new)

Ocean (Charlie) 60 although I'll probably read at least double that, this year promises to be hectic for me so I'd rather stay on the safe side ! ;)

message 17: by Bui (new)

Bui Thang 48

message 18: by Mariuki (new)

Mariuki Carr 25 and sure to surpass it! :D

message 19: by Brittany (new)

Brittany Hoping to do 52!

message 20: by Nafisa (new)

Nafisa 30 books

message 21: by Karen (new)

Karen Wilson 12 - One per month is realistic with my other life commitments

message 22: by Alex (new)

Alex Cooper What happened to the "update progress" button under "currently reading" books on one's homepage? That always drove me to keep on reading!

message 23: by Renate (new)

Renate this time 50 books!

message 24: by Anna (new)

Anna This is the first year my partner is joining me in the challenge! He hasn't had a lot of free time to read lately (in the past few years, I should say), but we've just moved in together, so I'm hoping we'll get a lot of reading done together. :)
This year I also want to add Spanish to the list of languages in which I can read fluently- I recently came across an original of Márquez's "The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor" and Funakoshi's "Karate-Do" in Spanish, so while it will slow my progress considerably, I'm really excited to get to those and feel comfortable calling myself trilingual again. <3

message 25: by Tyler (new)

Tyler J Gray 65! I read 144 in 2018 and 100 in 2017 so I know I can do it, I just don't want to stress myself out over it (and possibly read some longer books!). 65 is also 1.25 a week.

message 26: by Leo (new)

Leo Alex wrote: "What happened to the "update progress" button under "currently reading" books on one's homepage? That always drove me to keep on reading!"

Yep, it has disappeared for me too

message 27: by CJS (new)

CJS Read 171 in 2018, first year of retirement. I was going for 175, but only got 5 books read in the past 6 weeks (I hated one that took almost a month, but can’t quit a book without finishing)

message 28: by Iset (new)

Iset Update button has disappeared for me too. It's a definite annoyance. Now I can't quickly and easily update my progress anymore. Bring it back, GoodReads!

message 29: by Amy (new)

Amy Littleford 35 this year 😊

message 30: by Debz (new)

Debz Allen 52 the last couple of years, and now I am studying again so this year aiming for 100

message 31: by [deleted user] (new)

24 for me.

And another request to bring back the 'update progress' button.

message 32: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa 60 this year.

message 33: by a (new)

a First reading challenge so let’s shoot for 24!

message 34: by Jan Uphill (new)

Jan Uphill 50

message 35: by Mark (new)

Mark I am feeling a little inferior with a target of 12!

message 36: by Larizzy (new)

Larizzy Beth Settling for 25 books this year. Reading should be fun and no additional pressure.

message 37: by Larizzy (new)

Larizzy Beth Ellaygee wrote: "24 for me.

And another request to bring back the 'update progress' button."

Yes, please.

message 38: by Vitalija|Vivija (new)

Vitalija|Vivija Books This year I want to read 65 books :)

message 39: by Nicko Mocanu (last edited Jan 01, 2019 04:02AM) (new)

Nicko Mocanu (Elril Moonweaver) Im a slow reader who only ever reads really chunky books so, realistically speaking 15 is perfect for me. It's a goal I can achieve.

message 40: by Alisha (new)

Alisha Starting with 40 this year... going to be a super busy one so we’ll see how it goes!

message 41: by La'Jacinth (new)

La'Jacinth 36

message 42: by Regina (new)

Regina I don't do audiobooks, cause i prceive it as cheating if you have your eyes working well, and have two jobs, therefore, i go for 52 this year :)

The Girl with the Sagittarius Tattoo Mark wrote: "I am feeling a little inferior with a target of 12!"

Remember, it's not a competition - it's a joy. Twelve books = 12 more books than most people read in a year. :)

message 44: by Hana (new)

Hana Bilqisthi 50

message 45: by Amel (new)

Amel 24 two per month.. and i'm IMPRESSED with ur numbers 😯

message 46: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen I read more than my 100 ( 123) so going to 105 ..Last year I reread 2 series.

message 47: by Ptaylor (new)

Ptaylor 50.

message 48: by Katarina (new)

Katarina Lets try 30:)

message 49: by Caro (new)

Caro Marentes 30 book

message 50: by Elana (new)

Elana Blank Starting with 24... hopefully more but want to set myself up for success! 😊

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