2020 Reading Goals

Hi all!

It’s a new year and that means it’s time for some new reading goals!

I didn’t succeed nearly as much as I wanted to with my 2019 reading goals, which is why I haven’t wrapped them up, but I think it was because I was being too ambitious. I’m going to be more chill about my reading goals this year.

Let’s get into them.

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1. Quality not quantity 

I read 200 books last year which I think is amazing, but I think I got a bit too wrapped up in the numbers. I still read some very good books, as I rated a lot of books 5 stars, but this year I want to make sure I don’t focus too much on the numbers. I want to make sure every book I read is something meaningful and enjoyable.

2. Read 52 books

I just did a whole speech about quality not quantity, but I still want to read at least 52 books! That’s one book a week, which I think is achievable.

3. Read backlist books from authors I love

I have a tendency to read a lot of new releases, especially from authors I love or think I will love, but I don’t pay as much attention to backlist books from those authors! And I definitely should! I have some favourite authors and I need to read all their amazing books.

4. Borrow more from the library 

As you can see from my stats, I read a lot of books I already own which was great, but I need to get into the habit of borrowing from my library as opposed to buying an eBook, even if it is cheap. This applies more to audiobooks! I have a lot of audiobooks I purchased that my library actually already owns.

5. Read longer books

I read some pretty long books last year, but not as many as I wanted to. I’ve always been intimidated by big books — those that are over 500 pages — but I read some really great ones and realise there’s nothing to be scared of! So I want to read more big books — mainly fantasy, but there’s a couple of contemporaries I have my eye on.

6. Read books I’m only genuinely interested in

I did this goal this year and it really improved my reading! By reading books I’m only genuinely interested in, I rated almost every book I read 4 and 5 stars!

7. Remember reading is fun 

This ties in a bit with quality not quantity. Basically I need to remember that reading is supposed to be relaxing and challenging, depending on the book I’m reading. I don’t want it to be stressful and anxiety inducing if I don’t read enough books or I’m not reading the books everyone else is hyping.

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Yearly Readathons and TBR

I decided to join a couple of yearly readathons this year because they sound like so much fun!

My own readathon

First, I have my own yearly readathon with my friend Steffie. Each year (well it’s only been two years), my friend and I read one book together each month. But this year we’re adding a book to read for the whole year too. Wish us luck!


Read a Series or Two Challenge

The first I joined is Sakhile’s Read a Series or Two Challenge, a readathon dedicated to reading the books in a series that you haven’t gotten to yet.

Here are the books on my TBR:


I’m really excited to join the #StartOnYourShelfAThon because one of my reading goals for this year was going to be to read more of the books I already own, rather than buying new books. But then CW created her readathon surrounding reading books you already own and I thought to join it! It’s really cute, for every book you read, you get a star and help a sloth find his star chart.

I have my TBR here, but here’s some books that I intend to read:

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Do you have any reading goals this year? Are you planning on joining any readathons? Let me know!

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18 thoughts on “2020 Reading Goals

  1. Queerly Asexual says:

    👀 if you still wanna, lemme know when you read Gideon so we can buddy read~

    I really like your goals, especially focus on *what* vs how much you’re reading. Good luck with longer books! They truly can be daunting, but also so nice when good story lasts!!

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  2. ashley says:

    I love your goal of reading books that you’re genuinely interested in. I think a lot of times, especially after watching BookTube we get so caught up in reading what everyone else is reading because it’s what’s popular instead of reading what we’re genuinely interested in. This is something that I’ve been doing more of and I’ve become a much happier reader.

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  3. Sumedha says:

    Good luck with your goals! Quality not quantity is something I’m working towards passively. I haven’t written it as a specific goal, but I’m being mindful about what book I pick to read next.

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  4. Fadwa @ Word Wonders says:

    My goal is also to read 52 books and to focus more on quality and also figure out what went wrong with my reading in 2019, because it was a very passable year, so maybe branch out and read new genres to find new things I enjoy as it seems that the same old thing isn’t working for me anymore! I also have SO MANY unfinished series so I need to work on those as well.

    Good luck with your goals!

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