Goodreads Reading Challenge

If you are a Goodreads user, you know there is an option to do a reading challenge. You set how many books you want to read in a year and Goodreads will track how many books you’ve read, how close or far away you are from your goal, and when you’ve completed it.

Since we’re almost halfway through the year, here’s an update on how my Goodreads reading challenge is going!


Originally, I put my reading goal at 50 books for the year. I knew I was going to be looking to buy a house and with that, plus work, and life in general, I thought 50 was a reasonable goal for me. It’s about a book a week, with a little leeway and that worked well for me!

Except I managed to beat that goal by May 31st. So I changed my goal from 50 to 100 books, and here’s where I am now!

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I’ve actually read 54 books now, because I finished Girls at the Edge of the World AFTER I took these screenshots, but who cares?

I organized the photos based on when I actually finished them chronologically. Goodreads does the opposite – it takes the most recent books you finished and puts it first to show up on the challenge then the books you read at the beginning of the year are at the end.

Not sure I agree with that approach, but regardless, here’s what I’ve read so far in 2021!

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It’s so strange to see some of the books I read at the beginning of this year. Already I’m looking at these titles and trying to remember what the book was about or just being shocked that I forgot I even read it. My memory is horrible with that stuff, so I’m actually glad its being tracked because I would 1000% forget the second I put the book down.

For my goal, I’m 9 books ahead of schedule, which means if I keep reading at my current pace I will beat my challenge before the end of the year. For a long time, almost every year, I would be behind and scrambling to read as much as I can at the end of the year to catch up. To be ahead feels really good, especially after I increased my goal!

What is your reading challenge goal? Are you ahead, behind, on track? Let me know in the comments!

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