Good evening everyone! I hope you’re all having a wonderful day and year so far. Today I’m going to be wrapping up my reading goals from 2020.
I will start this by saying that I didn’t do well. And I also didn’t really update these as much as I wanted to. So I’m sure I’ve completed some of these more than I will be sharing. I just don’t have the motivation to look back at the rest of the year.
So, let’s just get right into this!
Read 20 Authors (10 New to Me; 10 Authors’ Complete Works)
So, for this challenge, I am sure that I read 10 or more new to me authors, but I didn’t want to count them unless I read more than one of their works because I’m extra like that. So I didn’t list as many as I would have liked.
As for 10 authors’ complete works, I only did this for a couple authors. I don’t think that I will be able to do this challenge. There are authors that I want to read the complete works of, but there are also authors that I want to read most of the works of besides like one or two books. But I wouldn’t count them toward “reading the complete works” because I wouldn’t technically be doing that.
So, while I don’t have a set goal to read more from authors I enjoy, I definitely want to read more this year from authors I’ve loved in the past. The flip side of that is that I want to read more from some authors that I didn’t enjoy in the past.
Read 20 series (Finish 10 Series; Start 10 Series)
This was another one that I wanted done a certain way, but I didn’t end up doing it that way. I know that I didn’t finish 10 series, I maybe finished 3. But I did start 10. I didn’t want to count them because I wanted to count series that I started and finished but, well, that didn’t happen. I did start and finish Renegades by Marissa Meyer, but that’s about it. I started so many others that I probably passed 10 series, especially if I’m counting romances.
This is another challenge that I want to continue to work on, but I didn’t set any goals for this year for it. I want to finish more series, but I don’t have a goal for how many.
Read 50 Books From My TBR Before 2020
This one I failed at. I read 23 that I owned before 2020. I really wanted to prioritize these books last year, but I just didn’t end up doing that. But I will say it’s not because I didn’t want to read the books or because I was reading more new releases. While I did read a lot of new releases, I think that the reason I didn’t read more from my TBR is because I wasn’t reading nearly as much as I had wanted to when setting this goal.
I was in a really bad reading slump the second half of the year and I’m sure a lot of you can relate to that. I’m hoping to read more TBR books this year because, well, I’m limiting my spending, especially on books.
I did resign up for Owlcrate (mostly because I think I know what January’s book is and I really wanted the Mythology box), but that’s really going to be all I get besides some new releases. I will be utilizing my library a lot more, specifically with audiobooks and ebooks.
I want to expand my ebook reading a lot more. I generally only read romances on my ereader and I would like to expand that to a wider range of genres. But it’s something I’ll be working on gradually.
So, I originally had planned on doing Romanceopoly in 2020, but I just couldn’t. I tried but it ended up landing on challenges that I just didn’t want to do. It was things like “reading a sci-fi romance” and I don’t like sci-fi. So I just decided that it wasn’t for me and decided to cancel doing it.
If you enjoy diverse genres and such in romances, then I do recommend participating. I may do a month where I just try to make it around the board once or something like that. But I won’t be participating during the full year. They are not doing Romanceopoly in 2021, but they will be back for 2022. Click here to check out the website for all the information you’ll need.
Linz the Bookworm 2020 Reading Challenge & PopSugar 2020 Reading Challenge
Oh look, another challenge I didn’t do very well at. So, I discussed the exact number for these two challenges in my video, but I’m just going to go over some thoughts I had here.
I really did love these challenges. I don’t actively hunt down books for these challenges, most of the time. Sometimes I do if it’s something like reading a book from a certain list or something like that. But generally I just read whatever and fit the books into the challenges in any way that that fit.
While I didn’t even think to look into the Linz the Bookworm Challenge for 2021, I do plan on joining into it. Here is the link to the 2021 challenge!
I did plan on joining into the PopSugar challenge as well. I am really excited to see what challenges I can complete. While a lot of them are kind of set to push me out of my comfort zone (aka romances), I think that it’s also going to push me to read more diversely. I do enjoy more than just romances, so I’m excited to be pushed to read more than just the easy thing for me. Here is the link to the printable list of the challenges!
A to Z Challenge
In my video, I didn’t go through to update any of these lists in the way I usually do every year. At the end of the year, I allow myself to “change” some rules. So for, say, the PopSugar Challenge, the entire year I will only count one book for one challenge. At the end of the year, I go through my list of read books and count them for multiple challenges.
For the A to Z Challenge, I decided to update it before writing this post. This is probably the challenge I care about the most out of all of the challenges I’ve ever done. It’s so interesting seeing how many different letters I read. The entire year, I only count the first letter in each title. But at the end of the year, I look at author names and then for Q, X, and Z, I look anywhere in the title or authors name. Q is usually the easiest of the three to get a title for. In 2020, it was the first book I read, Queen of Nothing by Holly Black!
So, when I look into names, I always go by last name. So for H, I ended up choosing Sarah Henning.
But the reason I explained this is because I actually completed the A to Z Challenge this year!!! And that’s why I wanted to go back and double check!
Read 100 Books
Another challenge I completed! While my GoodReads is not up to date, I did end up reading a total of 113 books in 2020! 58 of those were full length novels, so not manga, graphic novels, or poetry/prose. So just over half of them which is honestly so surprising to me. I hope to up that number this year. If I can hit 75 of the books I read as full length novels, I’ll count that as a win. I mean, if I hit 50, I’ll count it as a win as well, but my goal is 75.
20 for 2020
I didn’t want to go over this one in my video because I failed it pretty badly. I only read 6 of the books from that list. I decided to do a 21 for 2021 and wrapped books this year (with some crossover between the two) so hopefully this year will go better!
And that’s going to be it for this one! I hope you all enjoyed. Thank you so much for joining me.
Don’t forget to comment below with any reading challenges you did in 2020 and how you did. Don’t worry if you didn’t complete them or not. I’m still very proud of you for just making it through the year!
I’ll see you all very soon in the next one!