Want to Read More This Year? Join the 2015 Reading Challenge!

Posted by Jessica on January 1, 2015

Goodbye 2014, and hello 2015! Is "read more books" on your New Year's resolution list? You can create a goal and track your progress with the 2015 Reading Challenge on Goodreads!

Your goal can be as big or small as you choose. Maybe you're aiming to read a book every other month, or maybe you know you can speed through a book a week...it's completely up to you! Pick a number, any number, and you're on your way.

If you're not sure what to read next, we've got you covered. There are lots of ways to find books on Goodreads, and millions of book lovers are sharing their latest discoveries every day. A great way to get started is to rate books you've already read to get recommendations tailored just for you. The more books you rate, the better your recommendations will be!

You can also find inspiration in one of the thousands of reading groups on Goodreads—including many groups that host reading challenges themed to a certain genre, favorite author, or interesting topic. And don't forget you can browse the book-list bonanza of Listopia, cross your fingers and enter a book giveaway, and check out the recently announced winners and runners-up of the Goodreads Choice Awards!

Now in its fifth year, the Goodreads Reading Challenge continues to grow. In 2014, Goodreads members' collective reading goals surpassed 35 million books—what records will 2015 break?

What is your reading goal? Tell us in the comments!


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message 1: by Mitali (new)

Mitali This year, my goal is to read fewer books. I don't mean that I want to read less, but that I want to concentrate on reading more pages rather than more books. In 2014, my goal was to read a book a week, which I achieved, but in order to do that, I kept reading relatively short books (average of 300 pages). So ultimately, though I read 17 more books than I did in 2013, I read only about 1200 pages more. This year, I have a number of very long books on my to-read list (including War and Peace, which I started a few months ago but couldn't complete), so I am aiming for a more modest total number of books read, but a higher page count than last year.


Livinginthecastle I want to read some longer books too, perhaps some more complicated ones so I have decided to keep the challenge at a low number.


message 3: by Zohal (new)

Zohal I plan on ploughing through the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I want to continue broadening my reading tastes this year.


message 4: by Resham (new)

Resham i would like to read as many as 15 books especially by Gabriel Garcial Marquez


message 5: by Shahirah (new)

Shahirah Loqman Mitali wrote: "This year, my goal is to read fewer books. I don't mean that I want to read less, but that I want to concentrate on reading more pages rather than more books. In 2014, my goal was to read a book a ..."

same here! I'd love to absorb more of my books by reading slower instead of racing to finish this challenge. so i'm reducing my books by 10 this year!


message 6: by Malin (new)

Malin 2014 was basically the year that I started reading properly again, which I'm obviously so happy I did. I don't really know how many books I read though, but my goal for this year is to read as many books as I can, without it feeling like something hard to achieve. I'd rather set a small goal (30 books or something), achieve it and feel good about myself; than setting a too big goal and failing haha. I want to focus more on school too, so I would just be happy if I read around 2 books/month. My main goal though is to read a few pages everyday (doesn't matter if it's 2 or 200 pages), regardless of how much shit school puts on my shoulders.


message 7: by Ugur (new)

Ugur This year I will not change my challenge, but will, increase average page count. And my second challenge is to leave no unread books in my library, currently there are 60+ books.


message 8: by jo-booksy (last edited Jan 01, 2015 04:55AM) (new)

jo-booksy One book per week to start with, will probably update later on. Don´t want to bite off more than I can chew. Btw, why are the challenges ordered topsy-turvily instead of by year latest to oldest?


message 9: by Emma (new)

Emma I had an awful year for reading in 2014. By setting a goal of 200 I want to make up the deficit of last year with my goal for this year. I'll also be writing reviews of all of them here and amazon.


message 10: by Ukgardenfiend (new)

Ukgardenfiend I agree with those who say that adding more books this year is perhaps not the way to go. As I try and review all my books it is too much when I read 130 books last year! So I am going back to the 100 books from the previous year and will try and do them all justice. This seems like a lot but I read very fast!


message 11: by Tracey (new)

Tracey Walsh Just wondering if the Challenge 2015 widget is available? I enjoy keeping it up to date on my blog ☺️


message 12: by Adithya (new)

Adithya Dushyanth I achieved my target of 30 books for '14 but by the skin of my teeth ;) I finished the last book for the year, 5 hours before midnight. In my defence though, I read 5 1000 page books last year besides trying to concentrate on my course work.
This year, scaling up my target to 40 books :D


message 13: by Mimi (new)

Mimi I also want to read books with more pages so I'm gonna put fewer books and increase the number if necessary.


message 14: by Nereid (new)

Nereid I achieved 81 books last year which was one over my challenge and that was hard to achieve at times. With working full time and being a single mum I don't have as much time to read as I would like. Sometimes I read for days on end and others I just stay away from reading for a week or so. I will probably start with a less ambitious goal and then extend it out if I achieve it as I want to spend more time with my son in my free time rather than locked away reading, it is hard to balance the two sometimes as I find reading to be so addictive :)


message 15: by Ahlem (new)

Ahlem It's so silly, but the fact that the little logo is purple this year fills me with joy. It's the little things in life.
Anyway, I set myself to read 30 books this year, and apparentl it's an easy target. How do ou guys do to read 60+ books a year?


message 16: by Ugur (new)

Ugur amina wrote: "Ugur wrote: "This year I will not change my challenge, but will, increase average page count. And my second challenge is to leave no unread books in my library, currently there are 60+ books."

you..."

You're welcome


message 17: by Sulan (new)

Sulan Ahlem wrote: "It's so silly, but the fact that the little logo is purple this year fills me with joy."
That was my reaction, too. It's really beautiful!

My goal is to steadily read a little every single day and not fall into a reading slump again. Not stressing too much about numbers, though!


message 18: by Martin (new)

Martin Neale Hit last year's target, but totally failed to update my results. My bad? New Years resolution is to make sure I do.


message 19: by Íris (new)

Íris I also loved the purple logo!
I started off with 80 books, which would be a record to me, since I read 54 books last year (I only started taking it seriously in May).
If I still see it's too much for me because of my routine I will probably update it and read fewer books.
Can't wait :D


message 20: by Sue (new)

Sue I seem to be doing what a number of people are: setting a lower goal for this year (read 91 in 2014, setting 2015 at 60) because I have a number of longer length books I want to read. I can always increase it if I find myself ahead of what I project. And yes, the purple color for the challenge this year is wonderful. I love purple!


This fish likes to read I want to complete the books I started out but didnt complete. Last year I have probably read just a couple books which is a bad record for me. So this year finishing 12 books at minimum will be my goal... Hope that goes well!


message 22: by Sue (new)

Sue Ugur wrote: "This year I will not change my challenge, but will, increase average page count. And my second challenge is to leave no unread books in my library, currently there are 60+ books."

on my page, the 2015 is at the top and then they go from oldest (2011 for me) forward.


message 23: by Dholsten (new)

Dholsten I aimed at reading 70 books when I signed up in July, 2014. Like so many have posted, in 2015, the plan is to embrace page numbers, and for me, more classics. The stats site helped me analyze the type of books I was reading. I have started the new year with The Elegance of the Hedgehog which makes many references to Russian classics. I believe the "signs are all around" that my goal for classics is ordained, lol.


message 24: by Kimberly (last edited Jan 01, 2015 05:14AM) (new)

Kimberly I achieved a personal best in 2014 when I blew past my goal by 17 books! However, I will set a modest goal as well this year because I have a number of 1000+ pg tomes high on my TBR. I'm aiming for 30, but I know I can increase it if I expect to reach that mark too soon.

I also adore the purple!

Good luck!


message 25: by Ugur (new)

Ugur Sue wrote: "Ugur wrote: "This year I will not change my challenge, but will, increase average page count. And my second challenge is to leave no unread books in my library, currently there are 60+ books."

o..."


Same for me, it shows all previous completed challenges.


message 26: by Arch (last edited Jan 01, 2015 05:40AM) (new)

Arch Bala I've read 336 books last year - a feat I didn't expect to achieve. Looking back, it was a crazy year for me when I said I was having some sort of a literary renaissance.

This year though, I'm hoping to read at least a hundred book or even more. There are more and more authors coming out these days and it's always fun reading new stuff!


message 27: by Joël (new)

Joël This year I'm going to go again for a tiny bit over a 100 books. With the now familiar extra rule for me, to have an avarage of at least 300 pages per book, although, maybe I'll make it 350 pages, but I'll see to that later this year ;)


message 28: by Lorraine (new)

Lorraine Benedict I set my goal at 30, but another aspect to my goal is to read at least 1 non-fiction or biography each month as part of that number. I need to broaden my horizons.


message 29: by Melissa (new)

Melissa T I didnt' even reach my goal last year of 75 books. I had a busy year, getting married is time consuming! This year I hope to read 115 books (because it makes sense to up the goal even more when you didn't reach the last one, right?) and I'm thinking that I may also aim to read a total of 15,000 pages too. Can I also say that I love the fact that this year's widget is purple?


message 30: by Carla (new)

Carla 2014 was an amazing year for me for reading. I set a goal of 40, but ended reading 51.

I'm leaning towards a goal of 45 books. I want to keep it manageable so I can hopefully exceed my goal again this year.

I have 4 shelves of books TBR. So, fingers crossed that I can make more of a dent this year.

Good luck, everyone!


message 31: by Hannah (last edited Jan 01, 2015 05:45AM) (new)

Hannah Galloon My goal for this year is to read 26 books, so I will have read 100! I think ill be able to manage it, since thats roughly a book every two weeks, which i think is realistic since I have lots of exams this year. There are also lots of books I want to re-read (mainly Harry Potter) which make this a little difficult, but determined to reach that 100!
And 2014 was a great year of reading for me, I probably read between 20-25 books, which isn't a lot, but a lot less re-reads than the previous year, and I also read 4 books which were amazing and made it into my top 5, hope to find more favourites this year!
I also want to read some more series', since I haven't read any since A Song of Ice and Fire series earlier in the year, which kind of burnt out all my energy, but hope to find some more good ones this year! First on the list is the Body Finder series.


message 32: by dina (new)

dina My goal for 2015 is to read 40+ books. Also, I'll try to co,plete book series I've gathered since last few years. I surely want to read more through paperback/hardback instead e-books, so hopefully I'll be able to buy more either old or new books. I'll also want to read more temporary book with romance genre in it since I'm too fond of dystopian world and forget to drag myself into romance fiction. My goal is also to read more young-adult books since my life has been surrounded by children's fiction.


message 33: by Piia (new)

Piia Quality over quantity is the phrase for my 2015 reading challenge. In 2015 I challenge myself to read fewer books than in 2014 but with much higher page count. In my to-read list I have some books with pretty high page count that I've been itching to read for years but have been a bit intimidated by the page count. This is the year for those books.


message 34: by Donna (new)

Donna Nowosielski I read 90 in 2014 so I upped my goal to 100 in 2015. I want to read books I already have in my library, more books from my want to read list and a few series that I have found on Goodreads.


message 35: by Mark John (last edited Jan 01, 2015 09:21AM) (new)

Mark John Argon Last year, I haven't met my 20 books goal since I only started reading novels by halfway of the year. So for this year, I set my goal to 25 books and will look forward to complete it this time. I hope I could read that much, since this year's going to be a very tough one, knowing there's a lot of school projects need to be done, especially this semester. Also, I'm going to organize my to-read list so I can prioritize what to read first.


message 36: by Diane (new)

Diane Heath I have a lot of time to read and I read fast. I have exceeded my goals in 2013 and 2014. I am keeping the same goal as I did in 2014...300. My to read list is nearly 200 so my goal is to clear it out with the books that I have in the house first. Then I will add from recommendations etc. I am excited to discover new authors this year. In 2013 I read a lot about Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln. In 2014 I read a lot about Queen Victoria. Not sure who will be the person I read about most in 2015.


message 37: by Marina (new)

Marina Last year i finished to read 304 novels.. so i hope i can set 700 books for this year (400 novels and 300 japan comics).. i'm so excited! ;)


message 38: by Betty (new)

Betty Sulan wrote: "Ahlem wrote: "It's so silly, but the fact that the little logo is purple this year fills me with joy."
That was my reaction, too. It's really beautiful!

My goal is to steadily read a little every ..."


Me too! Started 2014 strong, then fell into a reading slump. My goal is to read each day and to diversify the type of books that I read.


message 39: by Leslie (new)

Leslie I couldn't complete my 2014 challenge. This year I'm lowering it from 55 to 40. I plan on completing the Outlander series (each book seems to grow bigger and bigger). I'd also like to take this year to complete series I have started and haven't finished because I'm too busy reading new ones. Lastly, I want to better enjoy each book rather than rush through to complete the challenge.


message 40: by Claire (new)

Claire Graves I only joined 2014's challenge in October, so I am glad to have the whole year this time!
I am aiming to read 35 books this year, although I am hoping to exceed this amount.

If anyone has any suggestions for a good series of books, please let me know. I want to try my hand at Historical Fiction this year, as well as Fantasy. Any recommendations are welcome!


message 41: by Karen (new)

Karen Mccollin last year I started the challenge in may and I read 49 books so this year I set my goal at 52 books and I will see how that goes


message 42: by Sue (new)

Sue Claire wrote: "I only joined 2014's challenge in October, so I am glad to have the whole year this time!
I am aiming to read 35 books this year, although I am hoping to exceed this amount.

If anyone has any su..."

If you like historical fiction, try Anne Perry's WWI series about the Rutledge brothers. 5 books in the series: first is the year before the war and then each year of the war. Dense, not light, reading. Best to read in order because there is story line that continues throughout the series.


message 43: by 5ngela (new)

5ngela In 2014 I managed to read 55 books from initial target at 30 books. I hope in this year, I managed to read more books.


message 44: by jo-booksy (last edited Jan 01, 2015 06:54AM) (new)

jo-booksy Sue wrote: on my page, the 2015 is at the top and then they go from oldest (2011 for me) forward. "

That´s what I ment (message 8), since the 2015 is at the top it should be followed by the 2014, 2013 etc. and not the 2012 (oldest for me). :)

The purple logo is great!


message 45: by Amber (new)

Amber Kestner i'm not rushing into books or anything this year even with my number high i'm going to try an read as much as I can an enjoy each book as I go including Beautiful Creatures,The Mortal Instruments,The Infernal Devices,Harry Potter, and many more series that I have started but not finish.


message 46: by Beverly (new)

Beverly I am also loving the idea of quality versus quantity reading. I want to read more books outside my comfort zone as well. In 2014 I read 58 and in 2015 I am challenging myself to 40. I plan to add more non-fiction to my reading list.


message 47: by Bonnie (new)

Bonnie In 2014, I challenged myself to read 11 books. I was not sure how possible it would have been because I hardly had time for reading anymore. As a child I loved devouring books and getting lost in new and exciting worlds but somewhere along the journey into adulthood it tapered off. I read 92 books last year something I didn't imagine. Once I got started it was easily accomplished without rushing thanks to having extra time on my hands. This year my goal is for 22 books. Who knows where the year will take me...hopefully good books are in store along the way and I'll have the time to enjoy them.


message 48: by Jj (last edited Jan 01, 2015 07:17AM) (new)

Jj I agree with several other people at the top. I want to read less book to concentrate on book as a whole. Not hurry to and finish the book, to just complete the challenge. I enjoyed what Piia and Mitali wrote. Very beautiful words :)

So this year I'm gong to try something different. Then my large number of books. I'm going to conserve my number to a very beautiful and humbling 40 books. And if I get to read more I will up it as I go along.

I'm just excited it's a new year and I get tag along with a trail of new books!!! :)


message 49: by Richa (new)

Richa Agarwal I managed to read 341 books last year. I have quite managed to surpass my challenge of 200 books. It just makes the new year all the more better. :)
This year I plan to try to read genres which don't really interest me. I want to broaden my reading horizons.


message 50: by Susan (new)

Susan Dholsten wrote: "I aimed at reading 70 books when I signed up in July, 2014. Like so many have posted, in 2015, the plan is to embrace page numbers, and for me, more classics. The stats site helped me analyze the..."

Dholsten wrote: "I aimed at reading 70 books when I signed up in July, 2014. Like so many have posted, in 2015, the plan is to embrace page numbers, and for me, more classics. The stats site helped me analyze the..."

The Russian classics are wonderful. They are some of my all time favorites!!! Hope you enjoy them!


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