Read More Books in 2021 with the Goodreads Reading Challenge!

Posted by Roshni on January 13, 2021

 
Signed up for the 2021 Goodreads Reading Challenge and looking for tips on how to discover and read more books? We’ve got your back. (And if you haven’t signed up, what are you waiting for? You can set your goal here:


Your fellow Goodreaders who have successfully done the Goodreads Reading Challenge over the years have shown us several successful ways to help you reach your goal. Here are some of the best tips:

 
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. (Yes! You can always change your goal during the year. This is meant to be a fun way to motivate yourself, after all. No pressure from us if you need to adjust either up or down.)

  • Trying to figure out a goal? Use the calendar as a guideline: 12 books (one per month), 24 books (two per month), or even 52 books (one per week).

  • Get scientific: Check out this expert advice on how to develop a reading habit.

  • Remember, this is fun! This challenge is all about what you want to read. But don't take our word for it: See what several of our very bookish Goodreads members have to say.
 
                        


Boost Your Progress
  
  • Rereading counts! So by all means, go ahead and dive into those old favorites.

  • Listen to audiobooks. This is a great way to read more and multitask.

  • Put books on hold at your local library so it's easier to start your next book.

  • Use your Want to Read shelf to help keep track of what you'd like to read next.

  • If you’re an Amazon Prime member, there are multiple ways you can read free books as part of your membership! You can read for free with Prime Reading (available in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, the U.K., Germany, Spain, France, Italy, India, Japan, China, and Australia). Or, check out First Reads to get one free, pre-release Kindle book a month (available in the U.S., U.K., and Australia).


                             
 


Find More Books You'll Love
 
Wishing you all a wonderful year of good reading! Tell us in the comments how many books you aspire to read this year!

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message 1: by Petra (new)

Petra I signed up and set my goal for 50 books this year! Can't wait for another year with the Goodreads Community! :)


message 2: by jhnm (new)

jhnm OMG! Goodreads acknowledges the existence of the Southern Hemisphere.


message 3: by Michael (new)

Michael Taroni Good tips, they will surely help reach my goal this year despite all the new challenges that have arisen. Thanks for the motivational message.


message 4: by Robin Loves (new)

Robin Loves Reading I set my goal the same as last year! Which is 500 books. I ended 2020 at 626 books and just finished #18 for this year.


Michelle Robinson Wow robin loves feading, how do you read that many 🤔😱xx


message 6: by Nina (new)

Nina Robin Loves wrote: "I set my goal the same as last year! Which is 500 books. I ended 2020 at 626 books and just finished #18 for this year."
YOU are my inspiration. I have 100 as a reading goal and feel special... haha ☺️


message 7: by Alexandra (new)

Alexandra Alexyna from the 1st of janaury i sighn in with a 300 book chalange.


message 8: by Anna (new)

Anna Nina wrote: "Robin Loves wrote: "I set my goal the same as last year! Which is 500 books. I ended 2020 at 626 books and just finished #18 for this year."
YOU are my inspiration. I have 100 as a reading goal and..."


Don't be hard on yourself, we don't all have the same 24 hours! Last year I finished 100 too, and I count that as a pretty big accomplishment for the handful of hours I have each day. We have different jobs, lives, families... someone working as a book reviewer naturally has more time to read than most people do. :)


message 9: by Tricia (new)

Tricia Sean Find a good challenge to motivate you


message 10: by Kara (new)

Kara For the last two years I've read 74 books. This year I'm trying for 75.


message 11: by Mihaela (new)

Mihaela Robin tell me your secret


message 12: by Kristen (new)

Kristen I’m hoping to read 60 books this year! I’ve begun listening to audiobooks this year so I’ll at least be able to get to fifty books, which is twice as much as I read in 2020


message 13: by 如意 (new)

如意 Happy reading year to everyone!! (❁´◡`❁)
My goal of just 15 books looks so meagre compared to the majority here.. Σ(〃▽〃٥) Some of you are amazing readers!
It makes me want to increase my goal, but I always want to do so many other things it's just not possible for me in the little free time I have left.


message 14: by Jessica (new)

Jessica 如意 wrote: "Happy reading year to everyone!! (❁´◡`❁)
My goal of just 15 books looks so meagre compared to the majority here.. Σ(〃▽〃٥) Some of you are amazing readers!
It makes me want to increase my goal, but..."


You're an amazing reader, too! Any reading is awesome :)


message 15: by Clare (new)

Clare I’ve signed up and set my goal. I’ve just finished my first book but it’s not showing in my challenge but. Any help?


message 16: by 如意 (last edited Jan 13, 2021 10:08AM) (new)

如意 Jessica wrote: "You're an amazing reader, too! Any reading is awesome :)"
Thank you for your kind words!! ( ღ’ᴗ’ღ )

Clare wrote: "I’ve signed up and set my goal. I’ve just finished my first book but it’s not showing in my challenge but. Any help?"
It takes a while until it'll show up, but it'll be there, don't worry! (❁´◡`❁)


message 17: by Jocelin (new)

Jocelin I have signed up for another year and my goal for 2021 is 55 books! :-)


message 18: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Clare wrote: "I’ve signed up and set my goal. I’ve just finished my first book but it’s not showing in my challenge but. Any help?"

Did you set the date on the book? If it doesn't have a Date Finished set, it won't show on the challenge. It could also just be GR acting weird. :D


message 19: by Hal (new)

Hal I set last years goal at 18 ( an ambitious goal for me ,with my tons of non pleasure work reading keeping me from just reading for enjoyment :-) I made the goal! Wish I was a faster reader as it is so enjoyable to read just for pleasure :-) This year going for 20. The goal setting is really motivating. I marvel at how some of you all can read so many books in a year! You are an inspiration.


message 20: by Sanjida (new)

Sanjida 55 books for 2021!


message 21: by LightWorker (new)

LightWorker I'm going for a goal of 15 again, I feel so inadequate XD


message 22: by Peyton (new)

Peyton This is such a good idea. Now I will want to read even more now!


message 23: by Claudine (new)

Claudine Suor Everyone is different and I think it is amazing that we can all challenge ourselves. I have tried to push myself a little more each year. Good reading everyone!


message 24: by Raegan (new)

Raegan I finished 2020 with only 21 books out of my goal of 64. This year, I've set my goal at 50 and have completed four so far. Here's to a new year of reading whatever makes you happy!


message 25: by Rasha (new)

Rasha Aya 50 books this year. I deactivated my social media accounts only so I'll have more time and be able to focus on reading entirely. I hate wasting time in stupid things especially toxic people :) so yeah more books and less humans.


message 26: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Robinson Went for 30 books in 2020 and ended up reading 53 books thanks to the You-Know-What :') Going for 30 again this year, but won't be surprised if it would be a repeat of last year lol


message 27: by Mariangel (new)

Mariangel I know your News focuses on recently published books, but I was wondering if once in a while you could run an article on discovering older books, like “Best books of the 19th century”, or “best books of the 1920s”

I read my first book by Edna Ferber in 2020 and I wish I had found her sooner!


message 28: by Tiffany (new)

Tiffany Quillin Do you ladies count audio books? I dont have much time to read between three kids and work but i try to listen to audio books as much as possible.


message 29: by Genevieve (new)

Genevieve Ducharme Tiffany Quillin Do you ladies count audio books? I dont have much time to read between three kids and work but i try to listen to audio books as much as possible.

Yes, they count :)


message 30: by Stockhorst (new)

Stockhorst Hi, I'm a German living abroad, but care for reading books written in the German language.
Unfortunately, I don't find in your advertisments any information how to order such books, if any, and get it to my Amazone Kindle E-book.
BRgds
Werner Stockhorst


message 31: by LynerD (new)

LynerD My target in 2020 was 100 books but I ended up reading about 204 books or so. This year 2021 is 200 books and so far I have read 15 books and counting....😁


message 32: by Marion Morrisey (new)

Marion Morrisey I set my goal of 30. Last year I set it at 25 but read 30. This year I'm setting at 30 and hopefully go over!


message 33: by Kerstin (new)

Kerstin A warning. 2015 I read 50 books and 2014 I read twenty something books. Now they are removed! Check your challenge story. Last Year I read 16 books and Goodreads listed 18. When I Contact GR customer service I get now rep,y. No wonder people stop using GR.


message 34: by Chiara (new)

Chiara This year I've listed 40 books, 5 more than the last year.


message 35: by Raquel (new)

Raquel I've set my goal at 55, and I have already read 9! I have discovered kindle unlimited and I am drinking books!! 😂
Nights are really the only time I have to read, so I am not getting much sleep lately 😜


message 36: by Cassandra (new)

Cassandra Stevens I am looking forward to another year in books 🖤 happy reading everyone!


message 37: by Khakshan (new)

Khakshan Jahan Umm , let's try 100 this year :)


message 38: by Kimberly B. (new)

Kimberly B. Richardson 50 books for me this year! Woot!


message 39: by Sunny (new)

Sunny Petkova I put only 12 for the year, but I know I can change the number during my reading so... 1 per month for a start :)
Happy reading to you all!!!


message 40: by Robynne (new)

Robynne Lozier I went for 24 books last year and easily exceeded that.
I read 71 books in total.

So this year I thought I would try for 36 and see what happens....


message 41: by M. (new)

M. Don’t forget to see if your Public library offers access to ebooks and audiobooks with Overdrive and/or Hoopla! All you need is a library card and PIN and it’s FREE


message 42: by Tiiksi (new)

Tiiksi 77 books. Let's see.


message 43: by Ivy (new)

Ivy I always aim for 100 books...if I reach it Yeah!!! If not then Oh Well...better lucky next year.


message 44: by lia (new)

lia good luck everyone! mine is 15 books!


message 45: by Teresa Hein (new)

Teresa Hein Readers make leaders. Never stop reading and learning.


message 46: by Katie (new)

Katie Kuczek Set goal of 15 which is how many I finished last year. Been listening to more audiobooks so maybe I’ll surpass it.


message 47: by Mihai (last edited Jan 20, 2021 10:12AM) (new)

Mihai  Chindriș Set my goal at 12 books. Now I'm gonna see how much of these I'll actually read (:


message 48: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine Robin Loves wrote: "I set my goal the same as last year! Which is 500 books. I ended 2020 at 626 books and just finished #18 for this year."

500?! Wow!


message 49: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine Mariangel wrote: "I know your News focuses on recently published books, but I was wondering if once in a while you could run an article on discovering older books, like “Best books of the 19th century”, or “best boo..."

Ooh, that would be great!

If you want a good 19th century recommendation, I recommend Wilkie Collins! I really enjoyed The Woman in White and The Moonstone.


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