Hot and STEAM-Y: How Goodreads’ Reading Challenge Can Help Improve Literacy

A Year in Books: How Goodreads’ Reading Challenge Can Help Improve Literacy

By Hannah Carmack, Creative Content Coordinator 

Get Healthy. Get Organized. Live life to the fullest. These were the three most common New Year’s Resolutions of 2017. This year, we want to challenge people to add something new to their 2018 goals: Read More.

Last New Year’s Eve, I set out to read at least 30 books over the course of 2017. Although I am writer and work with books every day for my job, I didn’t actually read that much before making this resolution. As the year wrapped up, I can say I read more in 2017 than I have in any year prior. I read 50 books last year in genres spanning from 16th century theater to yet-to-be-released YA like the highly-anticipated The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert.

What helped me reach my reading resolution was the popular site Goodreads. Not only does Goodreads allow you track what you’ve read and what you want to read, but it also offers a “Reading Challenge” feature for free.

Remember those awesome elementary school challenges like Pizza Hut’s Book It! Program and those smiley face sticker charts you got to fill out for reading? The Goodreads challenge is like that.  It doesn’t pit you against other participants. You compete against yourself. When you choose to start the challenge (which can be done any time of year) you’ll select how many books you want to read. The most common goal number is 45 books, but for someone just getting started I’d say 25 is a good goal. You’ll be reading on average two-ish books a month, and will finish with an impressive stack of “have read” books instead of a shameful pile of “to read” books. Best of all, you’ll be modeling good reading habits for the kids and students in your life.

Goodreads doesn’t give you free pizza when you reach your goal, but you’re an adult now, go ahead and buy yourself a pizza. You’ll work up a big appetite being a role model and reading 25 books!