Just like in 2019, I’ve come up with some reading goals I would like to achieve in 2020. These aren’t firm goals, just ones that I would like to reach. Hopefully it will motivate me to have these goals written down.
Goodreads Reading Challenge
At the start of 2019 I said I didn’t think I’d be able to top my Goodreads goal of 365 that I reached in 2018, only to go on reading 450 books. But! As contradictory as it seems, that only happened because I didn’t push myself to read as much as possible. So for 2020, I set my goal to 366, as I’m confident that I’ll be able to reach that again, but not higher, as I don’t feel like actually pressuring myself.
Read Backlist Books
Something else that I want to achieve is to diminish my physical TBR. This one has been growing and growing for years, and it’s really getting out of hand. Luckily, CW @ The Quiet Pond is hosting a readathon exactly for this: #StartOnYourShelfathon. You can expect a more elaborate sign-up post soon, but for now, let me just announce that I’ll be participating!
Read 24 Adult Novels
Before starting my bookstagram, I used to mainly read adult fiction. Mostly because I was studying Dutch Language and Literature, and felt like I should read literary works. Since then, I’ve unlearned that pretentiousness and have started to read just what I enjoy, which for me is mainly YA. But there are still quite a lot of adult novels I would like to read. I’m just sort of out of the loop with them, and they take up a little more brain space than your average YA, which is why I’m sometimes hesitant to pick them up. So I could really use some outside motivation, which is why I’ve decided to set myself the goal of reading at least 2 adult novels every month.
Read 12 Anthologies
I’m a big fan of anthologies, but don’t always give myself a lot of time to read them. I have a bunch of them on my physical TBR, and I want to try to read at least one anthology every month.
Read 12 Non-fiction Books
I’ve also become more interested in non-fiction books in 2019, but I’m easily distracted by all the fiction books I want to read. That’s why my next goal is to read at least one non-fiction book every month.
Read 6 Classics
If there’s something I’m really bad at, it’s reading classics. And honestly, I’m not really mad at it, because there are a lot of classics I don’t want to waste my time on anyway. But there is a fair amount of classics that I do want to get to, but won’t because of a lack of motivation. And, you know, all the shiny new releases that keep catching my eye and that I want to keep up with. That’s why I want to set a goal to try to read at least one classic every other month.
Make Monthly TBRs
I’m very much a mood reader, but that’s also the main reason why I have so many backlist books lying around: I got distracted by newer releases and it doesn’t occur to me to pick them up when I’m choosing a new read. I’m hoping to remedy this a little by making a small TBR every month.
Do you have any bookish goals for 2020?