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 Bass 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 Hijabi (new)

Hijabi Booklover 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 Marie (new)

Marie shooting for 75 (:


message 9: by Ninosy (new)

Ninosy  (Wonder Woman) Ill say 50


message 10: 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 11: by Liubov (new)

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


message 12: by Veronika (new)

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


message 13: by Andrei88 (new)

Andrei88 60


message 14: by Mladoria (new)

Mladoria 200


message 15: by Hawazin (new)

Hawazin 50


message 16: by Mauli (new)

Mauli Mogal 52


message 17: by Britt (new)

Britt Meter 100


message 18: by Charlie (new)

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 19: by Bui (new)

Bui Thang 48


message 20: by María (new)

María 25 and sure to surpass it! :D


message 21: by Brittany (new)

Brittany Hoping to do 52!


message 22: by Nafisa (new)

Nafisa 30 books


message 23: by Karen (new)

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


message 24: 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 25: by Renate (new)

Renate this time 50 books!


message 26: 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 27: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie 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 28: 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 29: 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 30: 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 31: by Amy (new)

Amy Littleford 35 this year 😊


message 32: by Debz (new)

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


message 33: by Mej (new)

Mej 24 for me.

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


message 34: by Prapti (new)

Prapti I'm a slow reader unfortunately. So I take challenges of reading more than 25 books, all the best to me 😝


message 35: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa Edwards 60 this year.


message 36: by amina&#x1f48c; (new)

amina&#x1f48c; First reading challenge so let’s shoot for 24!


message 37: by Jan Uphill (new)

Jan Uphill 50


message 38: by Mark (new)

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


message 39: by Larizzy (new)

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


message 40: by Larizzy (new)

Larizzy Ellaygee wrote: "24 for me.

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


Yes, please.


message 41: by Vivija (new)

Vivija This year I want to read 65 books :)


message 42: by Nicko (last edited Jan 01, 2019 04:02AM) (new)

Nicko (The Cover Hoarder) 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 43: by Alisha (new)

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


message 44: by La'Jacinth (new)

La'Jacinth 36


message 45: by Sara (new)

Sara Alabady Besides med school ,
52 suits me well ! ✨😁


message 46: 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 :)


message 47: by Elaine (new)

Elaine 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 48: by Hana (new)

Hana Bilqisthi 50


message 49: by Avril (new)

Avril Marie I’m gonna try to read 75 books ♥️✨


message 50: by Amel (new)

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


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