BLOGMAS Day 12: Quick Reads & Tricks to Achieve Your 2020 Goodreads Goals

With the end of the year looming, today’s Blogmas post is full of short and sweet tips/tricks to help your achieve your 2020 reading goals.

While it’s easy to get caught up in the numbers game, it’s important to remember why you read. Are you reading for enjoyment? Entertainment? To be educated? Reading isn’t about a numbers game, and if you don’t hit your reading goal target for the year, it’s going to be okay. However, if you are looking for quick reads to achieve your 2020 reading goals, then this post is for you. Below I’ve listed six simple, time effective ways to increase your book numbers this year.

  • Audiobooks – I can not stress these enough. Even if you take a week or two to listen one as you go about your everyday life (I listen to them while exercising, driving to and from work, and carrying our household chores), you’ll be surprised how many additional books you get through. Most libraries have free apps, so listening to them doesn’t have to cost your wallet either!

  • Graphic Novels – A lot of people instantly dismiss graphic novels, comics and the sort as low brow and not worth their time, but there are so many amazing books out there that are also super quick reads. I highly recommend adding Heartstopper Vol. 1-3 by Alice Oseman to your TBR if you haven’t already.

  • Poetry Books – I have a complicated relationship with poetry, but I’ve recently found poets that I can really connect with and it’s changed my outlook on a lot of things. Poetry books are usually quick reads that can be extended over time with little effort on your behalf (one poem a night before bed etc) but they can bulk up your Goodreads goal quickly and help you reach your 2020 reading totals. I highly recommend Beau Taplin and Atticus. After hearing some great reviews, I’m about to dive into Halsey new poetry book (I Would Leave Me If I Could) this week.

  • Participate in Readathons – Every month, across almost every social media platform, a reading challenge of some sort is being held. While readathons won’t appeal to everyone, they are a great way to motivate you and help you reach your reading goal faster as you challenge yourself to complete reading goals within time limits. There are a bunch of Christmas readathons (and non-Christmas based ones) being held currently this month. I’m participating in the Grinchathon hosted by Punkrockgirlpa next week (13th December -19th December).
  • Mix it up and read outside your comfort zone – If you typically only read adult fiction, why not give middle grade a try? If you like young adult, give picture books a go. Sure the books might be shorter than you are used to, but changing it up while help you get through more books in a short space of time while also widening your reading experience. Mix up your genres too and you never know you might find a new favourite!

  • Read Novellas – There are hundreds of novellas and short story collections/anthologies out there that could really help if your still struggling to hit your readings goals this year. All ebook retailers sell novellas (many of them are actually free) for cheap and you can easily add another two to three books to your read pile this year in the time it would take you to read a full length novel. What’s more, novella’s can be a great tool to test out new-to-you authors’s, as you can get a feel for their writing and narratives before committing to a full length novel. If your a romance reader, make sure you check out the 1001 Dark Nights ebooks/audiobooks.



Let me know in the comments  belowyour favourite reading tips and tricks. 

4 thoughts on “BLOGMAS Day 12: Quick Reads & Tricks to Achieve Your 2020 Goodreads Goals

  1. Ally says:

    Great recommendations! I agree completely, graphic novels are easy to read but they still pack an emotional and content worthy punch. Also you have to tell mehow you go with, I Would Leave Me If I Could, I’d like to read it too.

    • Jess says:

      Thanks Ally!
      I love how versatile graphic novels are covering so many topics and genres with heart and soul.
      I’ll let you know how I go with Halsey’s one. I’m trying to *hopefully* read Christmas books this week and then I’m hoping to make my way through the poetry book next week. I’ll lend it to you next time I see you if you like?

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