With the start of the new year, it’s time for me to look back at the reading goals I set at the beginning of 2019 and see how I did. Plus, 2020 means setting new goals for myself to reach for. Without further ado, let’s just get into the post!
Goals from 2019
Read 100 books ✅
I upped my goal of 80 books midway through the year and…
…yeah, I think I did okay.
Finish/catch up on five series ✅
I caught up on MORE than five, so I’d say this was a success.
- Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
- The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
- The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan
- Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
- Mistborn Alloy Era by Brandon Sanderson
Read ten books on my Kindle ✅
Easy! Again, read plenty more than ten. Probably could have pushed myself more on this one lol.
- Dangerous by Shannon Hale
- Ten Women by Marcela Serrano
- The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
- I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn & Alison Raskin
- This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
- Damsel by Elana K. Arnold
- You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour & David Levithan
- Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne
- If I Loved You Less by Tamsen Parker
- The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken
Read three nonfiction books ✅
I actually got pretty into nonfiction audiobooks in the second half of the year, so I read even more than three!
- Bygone Badass Broads by Mackenzi Lee
- Real Queer America by Samantha Allen
- The Library Book by Susan Orlean
Bottoms of Goodreads categories ❌
I set this challenge for myself last year to read books at the bottom of certain categories on my Goodreads TBR. And, well, I got four of the five, so that counts for something, right?
- Average rating: If I Loved You Less by Tamsen Parker
- Date published: A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
- Number of pages: Bygone Badass Broads by Mackenzi Lee
- Number of ratings: ❌
- Date added: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Reread on audio ✅
I wanted to do most of my rereads on audiobook…and I succeeded! I reread a lot of books in 2019, but only TWO were physical rereads.
Five books by authors from and set in countries I’ve never been ❌
Yeah, I didn’t do great on this one. I didn’t read any since my mid-year goals update. Oops.
- My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite (Nigeria)
- Ten Women by Marcela Serrano (Chile)
- Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal (Pakistan)
Don’t buy books from Amazon ✅
Yes! I didn’t buy a single book from Amazon this year! It helped that I started working at an independent bookstore early in the year. This is definitely something I want to continue going forward as well.
So all in all, I completed 6 out of 8 goals. Not perfect, but not too bad! I’m glad that I was able to get to some books that I might not have otherwise picked up and push myself out of my comfort zone.
2020 Reading Goals
In 2020, I’m not going to have as many concrete goals as 2019. Even though it’s nice to push myself in my reading, I think I’m going to have so many life changes in the upcoming year that I don’t want to stress myself out with arbitrary reading goals.
That said, I would like to carry over some goals from last year that I succeeded on, since I know that I can complete them! So my goals for 2020 are…
Read 52 books
I know that I read over 100 books in 2019 and I can almost definitely hit this goal, but hey, it’s nice to lowball and then do even better than expected. 😉 And again, I don’t want to stress myself out. One book a week seems doable for sure.
Read six nonfiction books
Now that I’ve discovered how fun nonfiction audiobooks can be, I want to read a lot more, and therefore I’m doubling my 2019 goal. I already have a couple on my radar that I’m excited to get to soon!
Read a random book from my TBR every month
The idea: each month, use a number randomizer to choose a number between 1 and however many books there are on my TBR at that time. Starting from the beginning of my TBR, count to the book that corresponds to that number. Read that book in the next month.
There are lots of books on my TBR that I obviously want to read, but don’t have the incentive right now to do so. I think this will give me an extra little push to pick some up that might sit there for a long time otherwise. I’ve already picked the one for January, which is Geekerella by Ashley Poston, so I’m excited to see how this goes!
Read the books from my 5 star TBR predictions
Back in September, I wrote a post about five books that I think I’ll rate five stars. And surprise surprise, I still haven’t read any of them! So I would like to read them all in 2020 so I can do a follow-up post. And also because I obviously think I’ll like them.
The books are:
- My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
- The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
- The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
- Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake
- The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
Read some other books that I’m excited about
Obviously, I wish I could read every book on my TBR in 2020, but that’s obviously not going to happen. So here are some books that I want to make priorities in the next year, either because I’ve been putting them off for too long or because I’m just excited about them in general.
- The Secret History by Donna Tartt
- The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
- The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- Timekeeper by Tara Sim
- The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
- Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee
- The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
Reread some great books
I’m leaving my rereading guilt behind in 2019! I love rereading books, and even if it can take away from reading new ones, I still want to be able to reread when I want to. Audiobooks are a great way to do this. There are a couple books in particular that I want to reread at some point in 2020, including…
- The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins (in preparation for the prequel book! I haven’t read these since high school, so I’m definitely curious to see what I think of them now)
- Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo (in preparation for the Netflix show…even though we probably won’t get to the SoC storyline until a few seasons in)
- Gentleman’s Guide and Lady’s Guide by Mackenzi Lee (in preparation for the third book in the series! I hear the audiobooks are great for these so I think I’ll go that route)
- The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (because who wouldn’t want to read this at every opportunity)
- Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (let’s be real…I’m probably going to be stress-reading this multiple times in the lead-up to the election)
Don’t buy books from Amazon
Once again. No offense to Amazon, but…yeah, maybe a little offense. I work at an indie bookstore and I see all the time the damage that Amazon does on the book industry. Even if my dollars don’t make a huge difference to them, it’s also the principle of the thing.
So that’s it for my reading goals! I also have some fun things planned on the blog this year that I’ll be announcing eventually, so stay tuned for that. And good luck to anyone else with reading goals in 2020!
What are your reading goals in the next year? Did you set goals for yourself in 2019? How did you do?