Thursday, 2 January 2020

My 2020 reading goals

Hi booklovers
First things first: Happy 2020. Here's to a year filled with love, great books and lots of chocolate ;-)
I haven't had the chance to take a look at my current number of TBR books (to be honest, I'm scared to count them), but I know there are over 100 unread books on my shelves.
Last year I participated in the Beat the Backlist challenge and I managed to read about 50 backlist books. This year I want to continue focusing on my owned TBR.
When looking at my shelves I noticed there are a lot of unread YA books on there. Over the past two years, I've started reading more adult fantasy and I've ignored my stack of YA TBR books. This year I want to try and do something about that. I've come up with a way to make myself pick up more of those unread books:
I've written down all the titles and put them in a jar. I'll pick 3-5 books every month (or every two months, I haven't decided yet) and then read at least 1 (maybe 2) of those during that month/those months.
The reason I'm picking more than one book is that I don't do fixed TBRs. If I were to pick only one book, I'd never get around to it, because as soon as I put a book on a fixed TBR, I don't want to read it anymore.
I'll be posting the books I can choose from and let you know if I've read them, what I thought of them and whether or not I want to continue with the series (if they are part of a series).
Hopefully this will help reduce my TBR by the end of the year.
I'm going to be really strict about buying sequels as well. I have to be really convinced I want to continue a series before buying the sequel. That's why I'm going to wait at least two - three weeks before getting a sequel. The reason I'm doing this is that sometimes when I finish a book I want to immediately buy the sequel even though I don't read books in a series back to back. If I wait a couple of weeks I sometimes lose interest in the series, so there's no point in getting the next book. That way I'll hopefully manage my book buying as well.
Something else I want to do this year is keep better track of my reading. I've ordered the Novel Companion volume 3 from Little Inklings Design. Hopefully I can keep up with it.
I'm also going to try and write more reviews. I'm not making any promises, because school has been extremely hectic the last couple of months and will continue to be hectic during the rest of the school year, but I want to at least give it a try. We'll see how it goes.
Finally, I've set my GR reading challenge to 50 books. At the beginning of 2019, I set it to 30 books, but I upped that number to 50 throughout the year. So, this year, I'm just putting it at 50 because I'm pretty sure it's achievable.
Have you set yourself any reading goals or do you just go with the flow :-) Let me know in the comments.
Bye for now


  1. I was planning on writing down all the books I've read (mainly listened since I am an audiobook addict), but I haven't done so and I'm afraid I'll forget lots of books when I do write them all down. I was doing it up till May or June and then sort of stopped. So it might only be a small goal, but it is one I intend to keep: writing down all the books I've read and rating them. Hope you'll achieve your reading goals this year, my dear!

    1. Starting anew with this goal will definitely help you stick to it. Last year I started a book bullet journal, but I didn't keep up with it. I hope my Novel Companion will allow me to keep track better, since the pages are already there, I just need to fill them out.
      Good luck with your goal too, sweetie!

  2. I usually buy 1 book at a time when it comes to series (those box sets are devils and I will not be tempted. hahaha). I'm thinking of doing the TBR jar as well but then again, I usually set specific books to read per month but we'll see :)

    Good luck with your reading goals, Liss! Happy Reading!

    1. Thank you! I'm a mood reader and I never stick to a TBR, so I'm very curious to see if I'll be able to keep this up. I think giving myself options will help though.