How Goodreads Can Help You Read More Books in 2012

Posted by Patrick Brown on January 4, 2012
Drink less coffee. Volunteer more. Join a gym. Every year we make resolutions that we think will make us better people—more considerate, more well-rounded (or, in the words of Radiohead, "Fitter, happier, more productive."). While we can't help you lose weight or spend more time with your family, we can help with one common New Year's resolution—to read more. Here are three simple ways Goodreads can keep you on pace to finish more books in 2012!

1. Set a concrete goal with the 2012 Reading Challenge. The idea is simple: Choose how many books you'd like to read this year. Maybe you want to read 20 books. Or 30. Or 100, if you're really ambitious. Once you've created your goal, we'll track the books you read and let you know if you're ahead of pace or falling behind. You can comment on your challenge and see your friends' goals. Last year, more than 150,000 people took the challenge, and on average, they aimed to read 65 books—that's more than one book per week! 2012 is shaping up to be an even bigger year, with more than 50,000 people already challenging themselves to read more than 3.7 million books!

To create a 2012 Reading Challenge of your own, click here!

2. Get recommendations to grow your to-read list. If you love books about sports, food writing, paranormal fantasy, or any imaginable genre, Goodreads can help you find incredible recommendations for more great books to read. Simply rate at least 20 books, and we'll recommend other titles we think you'll like. Create a shelf, such as "campus-novels" or "dystopic-coming-of-age" to get recommendations tailored to those books specifically. Or ask the Goodreads community of more than 6.5 million to suggest a great book!

3. Join a book club. Sometimes it's easier to read a book if you know there's going to be a great discussion at the end. Book clubs are terrific ways to stay motivated and keep on schedule with your reading. There are more than 17,000 book clubs on Goodreads, reading all kinds of books. Are you a sci-fi freak? Then check out The Sword and Laser. Looking for a book club that's local to your city? Use our groups near me feature to find just the right group. Book clubs on Goodreads are currently reading almost 10,000 books!

Let us help you make 2012 the year you read more books!

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message 1: by Joan (new)

Joan come on, lets do it

message 2: by Normandy (new)

Normandy I have entered the challenge and made a goal of 12. I know it isn't very many - play it safe.

message 3: by Abhi (new)

Abhi I have entered and made a goal of 30

message 4: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Read more is #1 on my list of New Years Resolutions for Writers:

message 5: by Georgie (new)

Georgie Signed up and ready for the challenge.

message 6: by Natarsha (new)

Natarsha let me at those 100 books i reckon i can read before 2012 ends haha!

Aaron (Typographical Era)  Don't join just any book club, join the Opinionless book club! :) We're reading Murakami at the moment:

message 8: by Juwita (new)

Juwita i seriously need to accomplish my 24 books this year. this goal was set several years ago - but still i only managed 17 last year.

message 9: by April (new)

April Set a goal of 110 for this year.

message 10: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl Last year my goal was 50, and I just made it, so this year it's 51. Yeah, I know I'm a wimp.

message 11: by Moloch (new)

Moloch Eh eh, thanks for the tips, but, if anything, Goodreads has helped me read less!! This site is addictive :-)

message 12: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Ah, so this explains why there have been so many people requesting to join my book club of late.

message 13: by Patrick (new)

Patrick Delaney This is all very well but surely reading is not about the number of books you can say you read at the end of the year but the sumple joy of reading good engaging writing

message 14: by Joan (new)

Joan Patrick I totally agree, it is the pleasure we get from reading, not the number of books

message 15: by MD (new)

MD I'm finding it very difficult to rate books. When I try to select the stars I keep getting "not interested" or the book instead of the stars. I use a tablet and even with a stylus the selectable area is too tiny to work correctly.

message 16: by Marilyn (new)

Marilyn Once you write in your challenge, how do you record the books you have read to meet the challenge?

message 17: by rivka, Goodreads employee (new)

rivka Marilyn, just make sure to mark them with with a date read (finished date) in 2012, and the system will count them automagically.

message 18: by Jenny (last edited Jan 12, 2012 09:15AM) (new)

Jenny Brown I love your book recommendation service and used it last fall to find quite a few new books I'd missed when they came out, but now I'm running into a huge problem with it. When I mark a book "not interested" it only goes away for one session. The next time I pull up the recommendations I see the same group of books I'd already marked "not interested." Can you make the "not interested" flag sticky?

The other issue that is causing problems is that your recommendation system assumes that if I've read two books on a specific topic I'd want to read five more. I don't. I want to read books that would appeal to people who enjoyed reading about that topic but which are about something else.

message 19: by Erin (new)

Erin these are great ideas. always need a reason to read. found a great list of Female Fiction must reads - some ideas to get you started:

message 20: by Ireadbookclub (new)

Ireadbookclub Here is a new online book club of sorts-follow us on Twitter for weekly book suggestions (that we will be reading that week) as well as books we've read that we recommend. It could be a fun thing to try out this summer!!/ireadbookclub

message 21: by Mariam (new)

Mariam Bham How can I say that I read a book towards my goal?

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