My Goodreads Goal and Why I Set One

Over the past few days with New Year’s Eve and everyone out there making resolutions they either may or may not go through with, I have seen a lot of discussion over Goodreads/reading goals. Personally, I’m a huge fan of the Goodreads platform because I find it to be extremely helpful in tracking the books I own, want to read, or have read. Every year they have a challenge where you can set how many books you want to read and it can be any number you want.

In 2016, I tried to set a reasonable goal of 20 books and I was one book shy of meeting it! I was pretty disappointed in myself, but in 2017 I managed to double it for a total of 40 books. This year I’m trying for 50 and I’ve also joined the 50 Book Pledge this year to extra motivate myself. For me, it’s all about the motivation. I’m a HUGE procrastinator, so setting something like a reading goal and actually achieving it is super satisfying on a personal level. I can also change my reading goal throughout the year, which is a great feature.

I’m pretty sure it’s a matter of personal preference for every reader out there, though. Not everyone wants to stress themselves out and just want to read for fun, which I can totally respect! There are also some who prefer alternative methods to track their reading (Excel, Bullet Journals, etc.).

Anyway, I’m totally excited to challenge myself this year to read more books than ever before. I’m starting the year off right by reading Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody (who else is super excited for this book?!) and I’m not sure what I’ll read after that. Wherever the wind takes me, I guess.

Do you set any kind of reading goal? Have you joined any yearlong challenges? Let me know in the comments!

2 thoughts on “My Goodreads Goal and Why I Set One”

  1. I am also a huge fan of Goodreads so I am doing the Goodreads challenge. I joined Goodreads in 2016 and set a goal of 52 books and exceeded it by reading 63. In 2017 I set my goal to 100 and exceeded once again and read 124. This year I set my goal to 100 again and I am so excited for all the books I want to read! Happy reading!!!

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    1. Yeah I stumbled upon it in 2011, but i think I only started doing challenges in 2016. Before that it was mostly for finding new books and tracking everything. That’s super exciting you managed to read more than you hoped! I wish I had the time and motivation for 124 books.

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