Hello readers! It’s been… a year since my last post. I don’t think I really need to explain why I’ve been gone so long because I’m sure anyone reading this has probably experienced a similar year. Let’s just jump straight in with my wrap-up of my 2020 goals.
- Read 50 books for the Goodreads reading challenge.
I set my goal quite a bit lower than past years thinking that I wouldn’t have as much time to read. HA!
I read exactly 100 books in 2020, plus a few short stories that didn’t get counted because they were like 2 pages and it felt a little silly counting them as a whole book. I actually adjusted my goal to 80 when I realized that I was going to read way more than 50 books.
- Supporting Independent Bookstores
Every physical book that I purchased in 2020 was through an independent bookstore, or bookshop.org, which helps to support indie bookstores. I also stopped using Audible and started using Libro.fm, but I did still have several Audible credits to use up. I think I bought a couple of ebooks through Amazon, but overall, I think I did a pretty good job with this goal.
- Keeping Up with the Blog
- Book Club
This goal was basically keep going to book club. I only missed one meeting of my main book club this year, and it was in March. Everything was starting to get scary, but the meeting was still in person, and I had a rough week at work, hadn’t read the book, and really didn’t want to take public transportation. So I get a score of 11/12 for this one, but I can gain back that lost point because I attended a couple meetings of another book club I go to sometimes.
- Diversifying My Reading
I set some specific goals for myself to change up the kinds of books I am reading and expose myself to new genres, categories, age groups, etc.
I read 0/3 self published books
1/7 adult fantasy
18/5 2020 releases
1/3 graphic novels
0/1 books of poetry
0/1 books in French
I pretty much gave up on these goals in March. I read mostly romance until about August, and then I started throwing in the occasional middle-grade or Agatha Christie.
- Controlling My Book Buying
For not having left my house much for the past 10ish months, I somehow still managed to buy a lot of books. I also bought a bookshelf to sit on my desk, so everything is completely fine and I am definitely not drowning in a sea of books. Next.
- Mid-year Check-in
I started this at one point and seriously considered re-evaluating my goals, but then I just decided that I wanted to read whatever and not worry about goals or challenges, so I never revisited my goals or wrote an update.
Okay, so I didn’t do so great with my bookish goals in 2020. Understandable. Now let’s set some reasonable goals for 2021.
Unlike a lot of people, I am not feeling super optimistic about this year. Yes, we have a vaccine, but I think I will still be spending a significant chunk of this year the way I spent 2020. I have been in the mood to challenge myself a bit more with my reading, and I have finally been able to break out of my nothing but romance/Agatha Christie fixation, but I don’t know how long it will last or how long it will be until I just really need some comfort reads.
So I want to go easy on myself this year. I set my Goodreads challenge to 50 books because that feels completely reasonable. I want to keep going to book club and supporting independent bookstores, but I’m not sure either of those needs to be a goal because they are pretty much a given at this point. I do want to continue to try to read more diversely, both with genres, and with character and author representation, but I don’t feel like setting any specific goals around that. Instead, my main goal for this year – or at least for the next 6 months – is to track my reading. I am going to test out a couple of different reading tracker spreadsheets and see what works for me. I really want to get a better sense of what types of books I need to push myself to read more.
Hopefully, I will be back in a few months with an update on how that is going. Until then, happy reading!