How To Set Your 2019 Reading Goals
by Karen Green
If you’re starting to set your intentions for 2019, why not add a reading goal to that list? It’s a fun way to keep track of all the great books you’ve read (and want to read), as well as a gentle nudge to nurture your reading habits. And if you want to get competitive about it, many of these reading goals include a social component where you can see how others are doing with their own reading goals.
But whether you keep track of your reading goals digitally, socially or in a more personal or analog way, the benefit is the same: making time for more books in your life. Take a look at these platforms and ideas for setting your reading goals and see which one best suits your reading style—or meld two of the challenges together, like the PopSugar challenge recorded on the 50 Book Pledge, to come up with a truly personal reading goal for 2019!
Goals with an open-ended book choice
Keep track of the books you’ve read and share your experience with friends on these sites that allow you to set your own goals and choose your own books.
By far the largest and most-used book sharing platform out there, Goodreads integrates its yearly reading challenge into your account, so once you’ve signed up for the challenge and set your reading goal, every book you input into your Goodreads account for the year will be automatically counted towards your goal. It’s very user-friendly and gives you a fun infographic at the end of the year so you can take a look at your own reading metrics.
The 50 Book Pledge is a little bit more focused than Goodreads and aimed at bookworms that want to keep track of their books as they read them, with a set goal of reading nearly one book per week. The site offers weekly book recos, a social/discussion component with other readers, contests and a chance to earn badges. There is a robust #50bookpledge community on Twitter to keep readers motivated as well.
Goals with a recommended book choice
If you have a specific reading goal in mind, from diversifying your usual author choices to doing a deep dive into a specific genre, these plentiful challenges are for you. Check out Pinterest or Instagram for links to lists, often created by books bloggers.
Goals with a hybrid book choice
These reading challenges offer a way to pare your reading choices to meet a diverse list of book themes. These are great goals if you’re looking for a little bit of direction and enjoy being persuaded out of your usual box when it comes to genre, author or even cover art. Keep track of your goals on your own or incorporate one of these challenges into a digital app.
PopSugar is ahead of the game with the release of their 2019 Reading Challenge, with 40 unique criteria, including “A book written by an author from Asia, Africa, or South America” and “A book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover.”
Book Riot’s yearly challenge includes 24 categories of books and in 2018 included diverse prompts to get you out of your usual reading comfort zone, from “A comic written or drawn by a person of color,” to “A children’s classic published before 1980.” They even sell a great little book to write your progress in.
What are your reading goals for 2019? Will you take part in one of these challenges? Let us know in the comments!