2020 Reading Goals

I used to love making goals and reading goals are my favorite kind. I’ve made several for this year.

  1. Read at least 100 books
  2. Own fewer unread books at the end of the year than I have at the beginning. I’m not going to count all of the books I own at this time because it’s at least 700 and I don’t want to spend time counting them when I could spend that time reading instead. For my charts I’ll just start with a 0 which is whatever I have now and subtract books I own and have read and add books I have purchased. I don’t have a number goal in mind, I just want it to be smaller.
  3. Only order books online when I’ve read 10 physical books that I owned in 2019 or earlier. This is one way I hope to help with goal number two. In 2019 I purchased or was given 285 books. I buy most of my books online so I hope to lessen that a bit by only placing an order after reading 10 other books. This won’t limit what I read from my shelves or the library or digitally and it won’t limit in person purchases, but online is where my control problems lie. I also won’t necessarily restrict how many I can buy in that online order, but it’s usually about the free shipping threshold of $35. This will mean every time I read 10 books, I will order about 5 books. I’m hoping to keep the in person shopping low too, but I don’t spend nearly as much that way so I’m not worrying about that part right now. And I don’t think Christmas and Birthday gifts, even ones I buy for myself, count towards this.
  4. Finish reading all of the books I have records of for 2017. I only have records of my book purchases from November 2017 on. Of the books purchased in November and December 2017 I still have 14 unread books. I hope to finish those all in 2020. They are:
    1. Luka and the Fire of Life by Salaman Rushdie
    2. The Rules of the Tunnel by Ned Zeman
    3. While My Pretty One Sleeps by Mary Higgins Clark
    4. The Silver Star By Jeannette Walls
    5. The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox
    6. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
    7. Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett
    8. Rocket City by Cathryn Alpert
    9. Fool Moon by Jim Butcher
    10. Grave Peril by Jim Butcher
    11. Summer Knight by Jim Butcher
    12. Death Masks by Jim Butcher
    13. Blood Rites by Jim Butcher
    14. Dead Beat by Jim Butcher
  5. Read at least 14 tomes (books over 500 pages). I do not read long books. Almost never. They intimidate me, but I own so many that I am excited to read. Here are fourteen I plan to read in 2020:
    1. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
    2. Middlegame by Seanan McGuire
    3. Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder
    4. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
    5. Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
    6. I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb
    7. Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann
    8. The Red pyramid by Rick Riordan
    9. Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames
    10. Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
    11. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
    12. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
    13. House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski
    14. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  6. Complete the Pop Sugar Reading Challenge for 2020. I’ve never done this before but I would like to. I have the prompts in my reading journal and I was going to try and fit books in to each category, but I think I will just read what I read and slot them in to challenges as I can.
  7. Participate in Booktube Rereadathon 2020.I always like the idea of rereading my favorite books but in practice I pretty much never do so. This readathon is hosted by Alex Black Reads and has one challenge for each month of the year. For each prompt you reread a book based on the prompt.


These should all be completely doable. I’m excited to get started.

6 thoughts on “2020 Reading Goals

  1. Great reading goals! I have never done the Popsugar challenge before, I may try it. A book I’m looking forward to is Jodi Picoult’s new novel which I have heard is out the second half of 2020 (she usually releases in October or November). I don’t know what it’s called but I hope to see if it is on NetGalley, I reviewed her last 2 there. I’m really enjoying the Diy Mfa course so far. It’s a reading challenge based on analysing 1 book you choose and is free til February 7. Less intense than other reading challenges. Good luck with all your goals. So far I’m just listening to any ARCs I have for blog tours.

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  2. Looks like you have a great plan. I also enjoy sometimes reading the book and then seeing the movie and deciding which I liked best. To save costs and storage space I bought a Kindle and I purchase my books at a discount on it, or get free ones from the library on it also.

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