How I Read 100 Books in 2022!

Last year, I read 100 books! This was in the middle of a crazy year where so much was happening and there were times I felt as though I didn’t read much at all.

As it’s the start of a new year, many people set a New Years resolution to ‘read more books’, so it’s a good time to share how I read 100 books in the midst of the craziness of life.

I use GoodReads to keep track of the number of books I’ve read during the year, using the GoodReads challenge.

  • Count everything – I counted every book I read, no matter what style, genre or format.
  • Audiobooks – 2022 brought back face to face workshops, so every couple of weeks I would be driving a 4 hour round trip to run writing workshops. Instead of listening to the radio, the Borrow Box app was my friend. I would download some audiobooks to listen to on my drive.
  • Picture books – I am a picture book author, and I collect picture books. I made sure to count all of them.
  • Add books to GoodReads – not every book I’d read was on GoodReads, and if it wasn’t there, I would add it so it could be counted.
  • Variety of lengths – last year, I read picture books with their 32 pages, as well as novels with over 600 pages. This meant that I could enjoy some shorter books at times when life was a bit more hectic, and then longer books when things quietened down.
  • More than one at a time – I often read more than one book at a time, this could be reading a novel and listening to an audiobook. I know not everyone can do this, and if this is you, ignore this tip.
  • Carry books with me – I often carry books with me to read in waiting rooms or anywhere I’m going to be waiting for a little while. This meant that I could read in stolen pockets of time.
  • Read books you enjoy – many years ago, I decided to find books that appeal to me, that I think I’ll enjoy. This enticed me to read more, rather than trying to battle my way through books I wasn’t enjoying. This helped me read more books.

As with anything, often quality is better than quantity, so even if your ‘read more books’ goal is to read one book a month, some of these tips may help with your reading goals.

Whatever your reading goals are for 2023, I hope you find some amazing books to read.

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About Melissa

Melissa Gijsbers started writing when she was in High School during the 1990s, even winning some awards for a short story and a script. For many years, life got in the way of creative writing, however she did start blogging around 2006.

She currently lives in Melbourne, Australia with her two sons and a pet blue tongue lizard.

Melissa Gijsbers, Author, Speaker & Booklover
Melissa Gijsbers - Author, Speaker & Booklover
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