When it comes to setting goals for reading, there’s really only one goal to set. You want to read more books in the new year, right? Maybe you want to read some more genres outside of your comfort zone, but the main goal all readers share is a certain number of books they want to get through in 12 months.
There are so many clever ways to go about this. But first, there’s one thing to remember about reading.
Quality over quantity
Goodreads has a reading challenge every year where people pledge to read a certain amount of books for the year.
Everyone has a different reading level. Some are fast, others are slow. Some don’t have a lot of time to read, others have all the time in the world (or so it seems). Some books are long, others are short. So, how do you choose how many books you’d like to try to read?
I personally aim for 52 books in the year. That’s one book a week. I’ve met that goal for a few years in a row, but I went into a reading slump in 2019.
I’ve seen people aim to read 12 books (one book a month) or as little as six books for the year. I’ve also seen goals for 100 books and also 200 books. Of course, most of these people are book bloggers and read and review books as part of their job, but it’s still a high goal.
I’m a believer in quality over quantity. I don’t try to read through books for the sake of reading through them. I want to comprehend them. I want to take my time with them to enjoy them and savor them.
With that said, if I pledge to read 52 books in a year, I use that as a loose goal. It’s not a big deal if I don’t happen to meet it. As long as I read good books, I’m happy.
Goal ideas for readers
1. Aim for a certain number of books
I just talked about this, so I won’t get too into it. Aim to read a certain amount of books in the new year as a loose reading goal. The question is, what are some sub-goals you can do to read this goal?
2. Join a book club
I’m sure you can find a reading group at your local library or bookstore. If not, start one. Being part of a book club will help keep you accountable for reading as well as get to know the book through the point of view from other readers. Not to mention you’ll meet some new friends in the process.
3. Read at least one book from the library each month
Libraries are still around and they’re a beautiful thing. If you’re looking to try new genres, take a peek around your library. Find new authors. Stay for an hour or so and read. You’ll support your library, save some money, and have a little bit of me-time.
4. Find creative ways to keep reading
If you search reading challenges on Google or Pinterest, you’ll find a lot of cool ideas to knock down your TBR pile. There are monthly themes you can play along with or book bingo, just to name a couple. Give your bookshelves some extra TLC by reading some stories that have been on your shelves for a long time and haven’t been touched.
How many books are you planning to read?
What are your reading goals for the new year? Do you typically try any of these methods out or do you have your own way of going through your TBR pile?
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