2020 Reading Goals

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?


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  1. I’ve proposed myself that I would like to read 5 classics this year and to keep me motivated I have joined the #ClassicsCommunity 2020 reading challenge, which is hosted by lucythereader (check out the challenge on her youtube channel!). We also have a Goodreads group to discuss our readings. I think this is a great way to motivate me to actually accomplish my goal.
    I can’t believe you read so much last year! My goal is to read 30 books, which is a lot considering last year I read 17.
    I hope you accomplish your goals!


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  2. Ahha the ever growing TBR is going to be the downfall of the reader.
    I didn’t really set “goals”, though I have some resulotions and the Goodreads goal (which is again 52 for me!) because when I did set goals I noticed I didn’t really got to them anyway…

    Also classics are a hard pill to swallow sometimes! If you haven’t read Frankenstein, I’d recommend that!

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  3. Great goals! I’d love to read more classics as well, so I’m very curious about your reviews once you get to them (if you are going to review them of course). The only goal I’ve set for myself is that I want to read at least 52 books. I would also love to read more adult novels.


  4. The fact that you read a staggering 450 books last year is AMAZING!! And yet I love that you’re giving yourself the room to take it slower for this year if you need to. Great reading resolutions!

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    1. Thank you!! It’s kind of strange because I ended up reading this much exactly because I wasn’t pressuring myself. I’ll just see how much I end up reading this year, any number would be fine πŸ™‚


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