How to Meet Your Yearly Reading Goal

If you’re anything like me, reading books isn’t only a pleasant past-time, it’s also a goal. It isn’t unheard of for “read more books” to be one of someone’s New Years Resolutions.

(FYI: Goodreads has a yearly reading challenge you can sign up for in January. You specify how many books you want to read in the upcoming year and try to meet your goal. It’s fun to see exactly how many books you’ve read and how close (or far) from your goal you are!)

I did some number crunching to see how many pages you’d have to read every day to meet a modest goal of completing 20 books per year.

Prepare yourself. Here it goes:

The Numbers

According to Google, the average number of words in a Young Adult novel is between 55,000 and 70,000 words.

There are about 250 words on a double-spaced page.

This means that the average YA novel has about 280 pages (70,000 words per book divided by 250 words per page). We’ll round that up to 300 pages per book.

If you want to read 20 books per year, and each book has 300 pages, then you’ll read 6000 pages per year.

With 365 days in a year, this means that you’ll need to read about 17 pages per day to meet your goal. I think that’s pretty doable!

Here are the numbers for other goals:

Table showing how many pages to read per day to meet your yearly goal

I think these numbers are very encouraging.

Okay so maybe there will be days when life gets in the way and you won’t be able to meet your daily goal. Maybe there will be whole weeks when you just don’t feel like reading. If that’s the case, you’d obviously need to read more pages on the days you actually do read if you want to meet your goal.

HOWEVER, these numbers show that even if you don’t read anything for a whole week, and your goal is to read 20 books per year, you can read 120 pages over the weekend and still meet your yearly goal. Reading 120 pages isn’t that hard if you get sucked into a good book.

Anyway, I’m interested to hear about your experiences.

Do you have a yearly reading goal? Let me know in the comments 🙂


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