Updated: Mar 20
We’re a little bit in to 2023 already! There are so many new books coming out by some of the most revered authors (like Cassandra Clare for Young Adult fiction), which means more novels to add to your reading list. With all the books coming out plus all the ones you already want to read, it might seem impossible to get through it all! One helpful trick to stay on task is setting a reading goal.
Here are a few tips on how to set a reading goal:
1) Set a realistic goal
Like mentioned before, there are so many books to choose from! Think about the amount of time you can or want to dedicate to reading. This can be helpful in avoiding the stress of trying too hard to reach your goal, which could make a chore out of reading. Some goals could be to listen to an audio book once a month, or read ten pages per day. Whatever your goal is, make sure you’re not overextending your time to reach it!
2) Keep track of your books
There are a few places where you can set your reading goal for the year. One of them is Goodreads. On this app, you can set your reading goal, add books to your TBR or finished shelf, leave reviews, and get recommendations. This app is great for organization and discovering new books to read. Another great app is TBR Bookshelf. This app is simpler than Goodreads, and it allows you to keep track of the books you want to read and ones that you’ve read. You can also set your yearly reading goal in the app, and, when you finish a book, it puts the graphic of the novel’s spine onto your own virtual bookshelf!
3) Create mini goals for yourself
Smaller goals can be a fun way to both reward yourself and mix up your reading. Maybe you want to read twelve books this year, and a mini goal could be to have two of those books as non-fiction or two books as audio books. You can switch up the genres that you read to keep your bookworm-self engaged. Switching up reading formats might be a good way to discover if you like audio books. It’s always fun to try something new!
4) Make time to read
This may seem like an obvious one, but sometimes it’s hard to find the time to read! This is where audio books can come in handy since you can listen on the way to work. You can also remember to take a book with you to read while you’re picking the kids up from practice or on your lunch break. Bringing a book with you is a good reminder about your goal, and it can help break up your day!