Every year we tell ourselves that we’re going to read more books. You probably do the same. Maybe you have specific genres you want to expand into, like reading more thrillers or mysteries or nonfiction. Maybe you just want to beat last year’s record! No matter what your resolution is, one of the best ways to keep track is through your Goodreads goal!
If you’ve never used it before, all you need is an account, and Goodreads will let you set a goal for the year and keep track of how well you’re doing! But that’s just a number. How should you actually go about beating that goal? We’re going to try to do the same, so we’ve got some tips that we want to share! After all,
5 Ways to Beat Your Goodreads Goal
AKA, the 5 ways that we’re trying to read more books this year
1. Start planning your reading list in advance
Take out your notebook or open up that Notes app, because we want you to write down all the books you didn’t get to last year. Then, take a look at some lists (we’ve got some here and here, if you need) and jot down upcoming books that catch your eye. Once you’ve got a decent-sized list (it doesn’t have to be too long!), get to reading! We’re sure you’ll add more as the year goes on, but it’s good to start with this foundation. And don’t be afraid to use Goodreads’s “to-read” feature! It comes in handy to have it all in one place.
2. Carve out time specifically for reading
Are you the kind of person who falls asleep reading at night? Don’t worry if you are—sometimes the day just catches up to you. But if so, try to fit some reading in in the morning! Nothing goes better with a cup of coffee than a good book. And if you’re not a morning person? No worries! Settle down with a book before bed. Whether it’s as you’re waking up, falling asleep, or just on your lunch break, one of the key ways to read more books is to make sure you make the time for it. Can’t beat that goal if you don’t dedicate the time! Plus, it’s an awesome way to de-stress, no matter what time of day.
3. Read with a friend
Take on the challenge with a buddy! Having someone to read along with is a great way to keep yourself accountable, especially if you’re reading the same book. Nothing will keep you going like making sure they don’t get too far ahead, because you’ll both need to text each other your thoughts throughout. We don’t make the rules, that’s just the best use of texting. And if you find yourself stuck? Ask your friend what their favorite books are! It’ll be super entertaining to read something they’ve already read if you can live-text your reactions to them. Need some inspiration? Just look how fun readalongs can be!
4. Listen to audiobooks on busy days
Audiobooks 👏 are 👏 valid 👏 and they’re an amazing way to get lost in a fictional world when you can’t actually sit down with a book. There are some amazing resources and even your local library might have downloads available! We love to listen to books as we get work done over here at Team Epic Reads, and YA ones in particular are often extremely well done. Fantasy audiobooks are great for car rides, and contemporaries are perfect for when you maybe can’t pay 100% attention! Try some out and we’re sure you’ll be able to find the perfect one for you. For example, try out the THREE DARK CROWNS sample below!
5. Motivate yourself by re-reading an old favorite
We know sometimes it can be hard to get through even the best of books. That’s why we recommend keeping some old faves close by. If you want to read more books that are new, after all, sometimes you need to remind yourself why you love reading in the first place! Bonus points if it’s by an author with new books on the horizon!
And that’s how we’ll be tackling our monumental goal to read more books this year! What steps are you taking to succeed in your Goodreads challenge? Let us know in the comments!