Join the 2013 Reading Challenge

Posted by Jessica on January 1, 2013

Ring in the new year: The century is officially a teenager! What will you do with your 2013? January is that magical time of goal-making. Will you learn a new language or commit to the gym twice a week? More importantly, how many books will you read? Make a reading resolution with the 2013 Reading Challenge, and Goodreads will help you hit your target.

Simply set a goal, any goal—it can be as low or high as you want—and Goodreads will track your progress. We'll let you know when you're falling behind and when you're out ahead! Be as aggressive or conservative as you like. The average goal set in 2012 was 58 books for the year (approximately a book per week), but we see a wide range of targets.

And if you need to pad your to-read list, there are a plethora of ways to find books on Goodreads! You can try out your personalized recommendations, which only need 20 rated books before you can recieve reading suggestions based on your personal taste. Or, browse the winners and nominees of the 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards. And don't forget to peruse the thousands of lists on Listopia and enter giveaways to win brand-new books! We also recommend that you browse for groups reading your to-read books or groups near you to find a great place for discussion.

Now in its third year, our reading challenge is such an inspiring indicator of reading enthusiasm. In 2011, 154,169 participants pledged to read more than 10 million books. In 2012, 303,232 participants pledged to read 17.8 million books. And we expect 2013 to blow past these numbers!

There's something about the sound of "2013" that truly feels like the future. And since the apocalypse didn't come on 12/21/2012, let's embrace the new year and all it has to offer. How many books will you pledge?


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message 1: by Gisbelle (new)

Gisbelle Thank you so much! I love it!


message 2: by Natasha (new)

Natasha Fenwick YAY!!! just set my goal then.


message 3: by Rabia (new)

Rabia Idil Thanksss!!


Samantha McNulty Hello 2013! A new year, a new target. Let's do this!


message 5: by Enkelejd (new)

Enkelejd Lamaj Happy New Reading Challenge to Every One :)


message 6: by Alanoud (new)

Alanoud YAY! I'm so exciteddd! :D


message 7: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Le CAN'T WAIT. SO EXCITED! :)


message 8: by Tiffany (new)

Tiffany This year's reading challenge was the first thing I thought of when I woke up this morning. This has been the only resolution I can make and keep! Happy reading, everyone!


message 9: by LoriAnn (new)

LoriAnn Kocialski I did not get much reading done in 2012 ... Let's get it going in 2013!


message 10: by Baseer (new)

Baseer Welcome 2013. After loosing 2012 challenge, I come back with new spirit and plan to achieve my goals of reading that is representing " beautiful world of illusion ".


message 11: by Sabriena (new)

Sabriena I almost forgot to set my goal. I'm excited to start from the first of the year although I exceeded my goal last year!


message 12: by Adri (new)

Adri Excited too. For 2012 my challenge was 140 books, but I finished having read 156. So for 2013 I will try 150.
Good luck one and all. Enjoy the reading.


message 13: by Paul (new)

Paul I hope more people take it seriously this year, I mean what's the point in setting your target as 2000 books? I don't mind seeing people who don't normally read setting a target of 1 book and end up reading 8 or 9 as anything that gets people reading more is all good. Personally I am going for 160, went for 150 last year and finished on 152 so the pressure is on :)


message 14: by Adri (new)

Adri I agree Paul. I love seeing pictures of my grandkids with their noses in books. My husband and I decided long ago that we will only give them books as presents because books are central to our being. So seeing them 'taking to reading' in such a big way is immensely gratifying.


message 15: by Aryam (new)

Aryam Ayhm Inshallah by Patience we will make true all our dreams and hope


message 16: by Jess (new)

Jess 49 books read out of a challenge of 52 last year, therefore challenge this year is set at 50!!


message 17: by Jemima (new)

Jemima Tiffany wrote: "This year's reading challenge was the first thing I thought of when I woke up this morning. This has been the only resolution I can make and keep! Happy reading, everyone!"

Lol me too! Goodreads is that good :-D you just have to read like there's no tomorrow!!


message 18: by Francisca (new)

Francisca Let's read :) Happy reading challenge for everyone


message 19: by Paul (new)

Paul Adri wrote: "I agree Paul. I love seeing pictures of my grandkids with their noses in books. My husband and I decided long ago that we will only give them books as presents because books are central to our bein..."

That is fantastic Adri, my grandfather done the same to me almost 40 years ago and instilled in me a love of reading that has lasted me all my life, there is so many distractions for kids today with cartoon channels, Internet and video games that it is very rare to see kids with a book in their hands so well done to you and your husband for giving your grandchildren this opportunity. Happy New Year!!


message 20: by Weng (new)

Weng 25 books and I hope to get it done!


عَبدُالكَرِيمْ I did it in 2012 and God wills in 2013 as well !! :D
this time double the amount ! ;)


message 22: by Skel (new)

Skel Best thing ever.


message 23: by ✿Claire✿ (new)

✿Claire✿ I managed to scrape my target of 100 books since about July this year, I would normally have hit my target earlier but I had several weeks where all I was reading was journal articles which is no fun! So this year, I'll set my goal at 150 and see how I go :)

Happy New Year everyone :)


message 24: by Gabriëlle (new)

Gabriëlle The most important resolution for 2013 I'm making! Can't wait to start.


message 25: by Eden (new)

Eden I already set my goal! :)


message 26: by SibylM (new)

SibylM This is my first time doing this and I am going for 150!


message 27: by Mohamed (new)

Mohamed Al-ibrahim thank you !


message 28: by Riya (new)

Riya 60 for me!! i love checking the number of pages ive read..hoping to read atleast 15000 this year!!


message 29: by Larizzy (new)

Larizzy Yay, challenge accepted :). Starting my first reading challenge with 50 books. Gonna also look at the pages read during this year.
Good luck to you all!


message 30: by Riya (new)

Riya Larizzy wrote: "Yay, challenge accepted :). Starting my first reading challenge with 50 books. Gonna also look at the pages read during this year.
Good luck to you all!"


good luck to you too :)


message 31: by Taghreed (new)

Taghreed Ahmed hi 2013
i hope i can read 100 books


message 32: by Simsim99 (new)

Simsim99 I haven't been able to complete 2011 and 2012's challenges, but I will try to make it for this year.


message 33: by Draven (new)

Draven I will start fresh and try to read more books this year!


message 34: by Allie (new)

Allie surprised myself by actually being able to finish the 2012 challenge (with only days to spare!!!!) so lets see if I can have a successful 2013 challenge :)


message 35: by Leah (new)

Leah Thanks for doing this-- I love the reading challenge and think about it throughout the year.


message 36: by Barb (new)

Barb Aiming for 100!


message 37: by Wissam (new)

Wissam Jaf 50 for me, I'll do my best : )
Happy new year all!


message 38: by Minoo (new)

Minoo Lohani one book per week :)


message 39: by Donnajo (new)

Donnajo Going to aim for 150 books again this year didn't make it last year but that is okay.


message 40: by Felicie (new)

Felicie Lucas 50 for me


message 41: by Karen (new)

Karen read 344 out of a target of 350. This year I'm aiming slightly lower. I'm setting myself two targets, 300 books and 12 classics.


message 42: by Osei-wusu (new)

Osei-wusu Andrew happy new year


message 43: by Terry (new)

Terry Cervantes Let's shoot for 52! Last year wasn't all that great!


message 44: by Anissa (new)

Anissa I'm going for 75 again. I got in 77 in 2012 but that I'm attracted to tomes really made it a close one to get done.


message 45: by Janet (new)

Janet I usually read two or three books at a time,set the goal at 150.


message 46: by Chris (new)

Chris 52 would be awesome!


message 47: by Mohamed (new)

Mohamed Al-ibrahim I'm going for 30


message 48: by Hazel (new)

Hazel Ngorima am setting mine at 150. just finishing one right now


message 49: by Sholikhah (new)

Sholikhah 50 is enough, hope I can reach my target and so do you :D


message 50: by Nasir (new)

Nasir ibn James I'm also trying to hit 30. I wish I had more time to read.


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