Bookish Goals for the New Year (2020)

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

Happy New Year! 2019 is over! 2020 is here! I have quite a few goals this year that I hope to accomplish. However, I start my graduate program this year which may affect my reading a bit. I know when I was working towards my bachelor’s degree, I only had time to read my textbooks between all my classes and homework. Still, I’m hoping for the best and by the end of the year, I can look back at this post and see how well I really did! Here’s my bookish goals for the new year:

Read at least 50 books

This goal remains a constant every year. Sometimes it’s easy to surpass, sometimes I have some difficulty. I finished 2019 off with 147 books read so I definitely didn’t have trouble hitting it last year. It all depends on what I’m doing during the year and what things I’m prioritizing. I probably will not be able to make it to 140 books this year or even 100 but that’s okay. I have to learn to go easy on myself. As long as I read at least 50 books, I’ll count it a success.

Continue using my TBR jar

My TBR jar doesn’t contain book titles. It contains a bunch of dates with the month and the year. I usually pick out three dates and pull a book title that I hauled in that month to read. It’s worked well so far. I tend to only pick out three books and then read two from those. In the new year, I hope to continue picking from the jar. It’s been a great way to work on the loads of backlist books I own.

Buy less books

I did much better in 2019 than I did in 2018 when it came to purchasing or acquiring books. And, hopefully, in 2020, I can beat the number of books purchased in 2019. In 2019, I received about 100 books. I’m looking toward my graduate program to distract me in not purchasing as many books. 2020 is the year I practice shelf control. 😊

Read at least 3 classics

I failed miserably at this last year, totaling the year out at only 2 classics read (when I wanted to read 5). However, I’m determined to read these as they’ve been sitting on my shelf for a while now. Here’s the three I hope to get to:

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens | Little Women by Louisa May Alcott | Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Read at least 6 epic reads of a lifetime

My brother got me this lovely scratch-off poster of 100 Epic Reads of a Lifetime for Christmas. I immediately scratched off the ones I already read and have only read around 30 books. So, I guess I need to get reading. Most of the books were on my to-read list already and some I even own already. To keep myself accountable, I want to try to read at least 6 of the books this year. Here’s the 6 I hope to read:

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro | And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie | Frankenstein by Mary Shelley 

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy | A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin | The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Finish at least 6 series

I only completed 11 series last year in an attempt to get to my goal at 12 finished series. So I’m bringing the goal down to 6 series, since I am anticipating less reading this year with school. Here’s the series I hope to finally finish this year:

Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris (1 book left) | Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay (1 book left) | The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (2 books left)

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (2 books left) | The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (2 books left) | Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch (2 books left)

What are your bookish goals for 2020?

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