Set Reading Goals

It’s January and that means everyone is still running around trying to solidify goals for themselves to achieve this new year. One of the biggest goals of the new year is to read more. Everyone always wants to read more and who could blame ’em? Reading is great! Not only do you seem smarter, but you can also actually become smarter. That’s why it’s so important to incorporate reading goals into your life.

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Just the thought that you’re going to “read more in 2016” isn’t going to make it happen. You need to create actual and concrete reading goals to achieve your goal of being more well-read in the new year. Here’s how to create a reading goal:

  • Choose a realistic goal. Don’t decide that you’re going to read 100 books if you haven’t managed to do that in the past three years combined. Keep it reasonable. My goal for this year is 30 (increased from last year’s 24 because I was able to read 27).
  • Find a way to track that goal. Might I suggest using Goodreads’ reading challenge? It’s a great way to keep track. Just remember to make sure you are adding the “date finished” for all your reviews to make sure they count towards your goal.
  • Have a list of books. Remember to have a lengthy wishlist of books – way more than your goal requires you to read. I utilize the public library’s ebooks and not everything I want to read is always available. I have a huge wishlist on there so I can pick and choose what I’m feeling.

Need book ideas? If you have an Amazon Prime account, you can receive a Kindle First – you have access to books before they officially come out. For free! It’s a great way to check out new books. I’ve read a few of them and there have been a few winners.

Or, add me on Goodreads to see my reviews and what I’m reading.

In the comments, let me know what you’re reading right now. And good luck with your 2016 reading goal!

21 thoughts on “Set Reading Goals

  1. Reading is so important especially as writers!
    My goal this year is 24.. based on the fact that I managed to read about 3 books in the last month of year, so I’m aiming for 2 a month. I am trying to get back into the habit of 1 chapter before bed. It really helps calm you better than tv or electronics (unless you use an e-reader but even then).
    I have my first 3 books of the year picked out.
    I also count listening to books on tape. When I visit my family it’s a 4 hour drive by myself so I like that I can “Read” a book then too.

    1. Hi Dia – I definitely agree that books on tape count towards your book count. I usually listen to podcasts while I’m driving or running. Good luck with your goal!

  2. Yes I totally agree with all of this! I set goals for my reading challenge with 2 books a month (one fiction and one non fiction) and I have a huge list of books I want to read on my library wish list and on good reads… speaking of which, I just added you! 🙂

    1. I’m the same way. Reading just puts me right to sleep, but I’m going to make a serious effort. Good luck with your goal!

  3. Great reminder…. I certainly need to read more. And this would be a productive goal for me to set reading goals…. I haven’t heard of Goodreads – I must check it out! Thanks

  4. i am a book worm and i love reading as much as i can. i have never set a goal though for the number of books to read in a year. maybe that can be something new i do this year

    1. Michelle – I used to never have to set a goal, but now I feel like I have to if I want to make it a priority.

    1. Yes – they definitely have an app. I have the app on my Kindle and it makes it so much easier to just immediately switch over after I read.

  5. These are great tips! I start setting reading goals a few years back, because after having my son, I realised that I was reading way less than I used to. I use Goodreads to track as well. This year I am going for 64! 🙂

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