What Are Reading Goals

What Are Reading Goals? (Explained)

Surfing through different websites that talk about reading, you might face the term “reading goals”. But what do reading goals mean?

Reading goals are simply goals on how much a person wants to read in a given time. The goals could be books read, pages read or time spent reading for example.

In this post, we will go through what reading goals are, how to set reading goals, and a few examples. Let’s get started!

What does reading goal mean?

Reading goals are simply goals on how many books, pages, or time a person wants to spend reading in a given time.

The reading goal might be for example:

  • Read 10 pages every day
  • Read a book every month
  • Read a chapter of a book every week
  • Spend 15 minutes a day reading

Or something else, that you can use to measure your progress with your reading goals.

Reading goals can also have different timeframes in that they are supposed to be completed. They might be daily, weekly, monthly or annual goals.

I prefer monthly goals, with a larger yearly goal. That is because some weeks and days are busier than others, so keeping up with daily or even weekly reading goals might be too difficult. (I try to read every day, even though it’s not possible every day).

My goal is to read one book a month, and at least 10 books every year, if I happen to fall behind with my reading. Having a monthly goal will make sure you will read throughout the year, instead of always saying: “I will start the next month, I still have time until the end of the year”.

How to set reading goals?

If you are completely new to reading and setting goals, you might want to start off with something easy.

For example, try to read one page every day to form the habit of reading. That can be a lot easier to accomplish, compared to making your goals too ambitious from the start.

If you start by forcing yourself to read 100 pages every day, you might get frustrated really quickly. Start small and grow your goals from there.

Here is a post about some reading goals for struggling readers, that might help you get started with reading regularly.

Reading goals examples

There are so many different types of reading goals you could try out, the most common ones are how many books you read, how many pages you read, and how much time you spend reading.

A few examples of these are below, starting small and going more difficult.

Easy reading goals

  • Reading 10 pages every day
  • Reading one book every month
  • Reading 10 minutes every day

Intermediate reading goals

  • Reading 30 pages every day
  • Reading two books every month
  • Spend 30 minutes a day reading

Hardcore reading goals

  • Read 100+ pages every day
  • Read one book every week
  • Spend over one hour every day reading

You can pretty much choose any of the 9 examples above, but I would suggest you start from one of the easy ones if you have not spent too much time reading in the past.

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Final thoughts

In conclusion, reading goals are set goals that determine, how much you aim to read in a given timeframe.

Keep in mind that reading and the goals you set for yourself are personal, so you should not try to match some of the world’s top CEO’s reading goals, who read a book a day.

Start small and grow your goals from there. Reading even one book every year is probably more than 50% of the population. Very few people I know actually spend time reading non-fiction books.

My goal is to read one book every month. That is not a lot, compared to some of the hardcore readers, but it is just perfect for me. I have another life as well and two dogs that keep me busy. One book a month is doable and keeps me on track to developing myself.

Here is a post about reading goals for a year, if you still have not set any.

Hopefully, this was helpful, have a wonderful day!