Tips to Read More Books in 2022 with the Goodreads Reading Challenge!

Posted by Roshni on January 14, 2022

 
Congrats! You've already accomplished the first (and very important) part of the 2022 Goodreads Reading Challenge—signing up! Just by joining, you've committed to taking time out of the constant hustle and bustle of everyday life to read more, whether it's relaxing with a cozy mystery, indulging in a romance novel, or learning something new via nonfiction. Give yourself 5 stars!

(And if you haven’t signed up, what are you waiting for? You can set your goal below.)


Want tips on how to reach this year's goal? Fellow Goodreaders who have successfully participated in the Goodreads Reading Challenge share their best advice:

 
Pro Tips for Reaching Your Goal:
 
Plan Accordingly
 

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message 1: by Mazzy (new)

Mazzy I'm aiming for 21 (1 every two weeks)


message 2: by Karen (new)

Karen Lukasdottir I think I was over ambitious because I plan to read some really big books/classics, so I a will decrease the numbers of books.


message 3: by Anis (last edited 17 hours, 54 min ago) (new)

Anis Sanita i reached 56 of 50 last year but i'm aiming for 45 books this year. if i get more than that, it's good.


message 4: by Arjun (new)

Arjun Singh A book a day keeps worries at bay


message 5: by Arjun (new)

Arjun Singh Going 365 this year


message 6: by Bennitt (new)

Bennitt I have yet to reach a goal and set the bar pretty high again this year. But given the amount of audio books I'm reading I have a good feeling this time around


message 7: by Hamish (new)

Hamish Meikle I’m aiming for 69 books


message 8: by Thomas (new)

Thomas Just going for my normal 12 (one per month), but I’m already on my fourth book this year. :)


message 9: by Mohammad (new)

Mohammad Zaid Ever more emphasis on quantity rather than quality.


message 10: by Raks (new)

Raks Walker I have around 100 books to complete this year


message 11: by Anis (new)

Anis Sanita Btw, follow for follow on Goodreads? I read Classics, Romance/ Rom-Coms, YA, thriller, mystery, Japanese Lit., and manga :)


message 12: by Stany (last edited Jan 15, 2022 07:44PM) (new)

Stany Cecilia Since I aim for 32 books then I will read about 2 or 3 books a month!


message 13: by Ed (new)

Ed I managed 280 last year but I've set my target at 200 for this year as I want to read some longer books!


message 14: by hirumeira (new)

hirumeira Oh, these are some nice tips. I’ve set my goal to 13, though I’m pretty sure I’ll exceed it.


message 15: by Sarah (new)

Sarah G. I sometimes think I'm obsessed with the idea of reading more than actually doing it. When I find a great book though I can finish it in less than a week!


message 16: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Carlson I go for one more then I read last year. (56).


message 17: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine I always set my goal at 25 books, which some years is a struggle to achieve. I will then increase that goal throughout the year if it looks like I will surpass that. Last year I read a lot (although many books were children's books), but this year will be busier for me, and I am currently reading a really big book.

One thing I started doing is I will borrow several books from the library even though I will not be able to read all of them before they are due, just so I always have something I am in the mood to read. I am also not as reluctant to drop a book if I am finding it a chore to read -- life it soo short to struggle through a bad book!


message 18: by Jay (new)

Jay Going for 52 this year and I'm well ahead having read 8 already.


message 19: by Ruqayyah (new)

Ruqayyah Arjun wrote: "Going 365 this year"

Wow! Really!?


message 20: by Amber (new)

Amber McCafferty I set my goal for 40 and I'm making it my mission this year to achieve that maybe even more. 2021 was a horrible year for my mental health and when that is a mess, I don't read as much. But I'm NOT letting that happen this year!


message 21: by Alexis (new)

Alexis Palew Hamish wrote: "I’m aiming for 69 books"

nice


message 22: by Hype (new)

Hype Mazzy wrote: "I'm aiming for 21 (1 every two weeks)"

1 Book every two weeks is 26. ;)


message 23: by L (new)

L I completed 203 books and stories last year. I say "and stories" because quite a few of those were separately published not-book-length stories, which Goodreads nevertheless counts as books. I set my goal to 150 this year, since I doubt I'll read as many stories as last year.


message 24: by Colin (new)

Colin Parry 25-30 will do me as I tend to read big books. Keep reading and enjoy it.


message 25: by Jeannette (new)

Jeannette Michelsen I set a goal of 40 last year and ended up reading 84. This year I upped my goal to 50 books read.


message 26: by Cricket (new)

Cricket Muse Going for my usual 101 and hoping to go beyond to maybe even 150!


message 27: by Faye (new)

Faye I've set my goal at 50, but I'm sure I will have to raise it later in the year.


message 28: by Amy (new)

Amy I like to do a minimum of 12 books


message 29: by Crystal (new)

Crystal I'm aiming for 50 but will probably read more. For me 50 is an attainable, reasonable goal for me but since I like to read usually go higher.
My tip for everyone: if you need a hobby or need to destress, read to your kids, grandkids or just read.
For me, Finishing a book usually takes me an average of 3-4 days unless it's a big thick novel. I love books like those.
Also, another tip is that find yourself a series of books and read them.


message 30: by B. (new)

B. My feeling is "read whatever I want and adjust goal number accordingly" but I also do tend to aim a little lower when I wanna read some longer books, and this year I do have plans--but they have more to do with what than how many. I want to read new releases I'm the MOST excited about only and promptly; catch up on old(ish) favorite series and finish what I can, and not forget nonfiction even if it takes longer to read.
I'd love to one day have a want-to-read below 100 and only 3-4 books on my currently-reading but we'll see!


message 31: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn I read every day, listen to my Kindle while I'm working, etc and every chance I get. My goal this year is 750 books.


message 32: by Robb (new)

Robb Gardner I’m shooting high for around 40 books to balance out my busy career life.


message 33: by Hans (new)

Hans Schoolenberg I'm aiming 85/86 during the year I'm not all too concerned because I set my self to start the day with at least 30-50 pp - I try this before going to sleep to. And then it'll happen - no pressure. A bit of discipline to keep my grey-cells in form


message 34: by Samantha (new)

Samantha The goal this year is the big 100


message 35: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Louise 150. But I work so doing 1 a day isn’t possible haha


message 36: by Helen (new)

Helen Atkinson I can't believe some peoples targets are 50 plus. That is seriously impressive. I'll be impressed if I can read 15!


message 37: by Julia (new)

Julia Fritze-Singh Going for 50 this year. This will push me but dedicating a minimum of 1 hour a day to reading.


message 38: by Denise (new)

Denise Koetas-dale Anis wrote: "i reached 56 of 50 last year but i'm aiming 45 books this year. if i get more than that, it's good."

You are my kind of person!


message 39: by Ben (new)

Ben Jones I’m aiming for 150 but I read a lot of short books so it’s doable


message 40: by Denise (new)

Denise Koetas-dale Amber wrote: "I set my goal for 40 and I'm making it my mission this year to achieve that maybe even more. 2021 was a horrible year for my mental health and when that is a mess, I don't read as much. But I'm NOT..."

I am the opposite, Amber- I find that reading is what keeps me sane. Now I just need to do things like clean my house........


message 41: by Barbara (new)

Barbara Anis wrote: "i reached 56 of 50 last year but i'm aiming 45 books this year. if i get more than that, it's good."
That's amazing, congratulations!!


message 42: by John (new)

John Kruyne Being retired and not liking TV that much I try to read 4 a week. It's not hard in my case.


message 43: by Barbara (new)

Barbara Whenever I go to any appointment or have to sit in the car for any reason, I bring a book with me and read there. Otherwise, I usually just read at bedtime or when I'm on a plane. Reading is my happy place.


message 44: by Jonah (new)

Jonah Paxton Mazzy wrote: "I'm aiming for 21 (1 every two weeks)"

If you want to read one book every 2 weeks you'd need to read 26 books this year.


message 45: by Morgan (new)

Morgan I've got 30 for the 2022 challenge, had to cut it almost in half from last year (I was nowhere near hitting it) so I made this years goal a little more achievable.


message 46: by Barbara (new)

Barbara I aim for 35 books, and hopefully, I will exceed that. Some titles I would like to read, by my favorite fiction authors, average 500 pages, so I am realistic in my goal setting.


message 47: by Ashton (new)

Ashton I met my goal last year and my biggest tip goes hand-in-hand with reading what you like… if you’re reading a book and you struggle to pick it up and just aren’t interested anymore, ABANDON IT! You can come back to it later but don’t feel obligated to finish it just because you started it. That mentality is great in certain circumstances but I found that I won’t meet my goal if I don’t love the process.


message 48: by Emelia (new)

Emelia I opted for 50. That means about one book a week, with space for reading slumps, distractions and so on.


message 49: by Jeannine (new)

Jeannine I read a lot and I think something crucial for me is putting aside a book that isn't working for me. Reading for non-work/non-school purposes (I mean relaxation reading) should be enjoyable and not every book speaks to you at the same time. Just because it won an award and everyone else loves doesn't mean it will work for you at this moment in time. Nothing will slow me down more than not looking forward to a current read. I feel fine about putting it aside or away completely and moving on to something else.


message 50: by John (last edited Jan 21, 2022 09:00AM) (new)

John Michael Strubhart I read 122 books, averaging 300 pages per book last year. Keep at least 2 books or an eBook reader in the bathroom. Keep a book with short chapters/articles in the kitchen. Count audiobooks. Audiobooks count as reading. Get over it. While you're at it, listen to audiobooks any time you go for a stroll or to the gym. Enjoy immersive reading via Audible and Kindle with a Kindle In Motion eBook. I recommend Dracula. Very engaging.


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