Happy New Year! I hope you had a great holiday season, and that you’re looking forward to another new year – and decade!
My only real reading goal of 2019 was to read 80 books, which I unfortunately was not able to do. I did read 64 books, which I am still proud of. Last year was a busy year for me between work, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
I decided that this year I wanted to set out a few more goals for myself in terms of the types of books I read, how many, etc.
Read 65 Books
I could have repeated my goal of 80 books from last year and buckled down to try to hit that goal, but I don’t want reading to feel like a chore. Looking ahead, 2020 is going to be a busy year full of weddings and travel, and I want to be able to enjoy it all without stressing about hitting a lofty reading goal. I’ll need to read about 5.5 books per month, which I think is more than doable.
Read All Unread Books On My Shelves
I went through and created a separate shelf on Goodreads of books that I already own but have not read. At last count there are ~25, so it is my goal to read all of those throughout this year. This is also before my most recent (and first!) Book Outlet order arrives within the next week. Once I work my way through all of the library books sitting on my bookcase, I can give a few of those books a try.
Be Intentional With Selections
I want to make 2020 the year that I really pay attention to the authors I am selecting, as well as the topics I’m reading about. I want to purposefully get outside of my comfort zone. This might mean reading more historical fiction but of a time period I’m not familiar with, or it might mean giving science fiction a try! Part of the reason I love reading is because I love the stories and I love experiencing other viewpoints, so I want to really dive deep into that in 2020.
Read Six Nonfiction Books
Reading nonfiction has never really been a problem for me – I love reading people’s memoirs or reading about a specific topic. In 2019 I didn’t read a whole lot of nonfiction, not like I did in 2017 or 2018. In fact, I think only read four nonfiction books last year, so I want to read at least six books this year.
I’m looking forward to a new year! What reading goals do you have in mind so far for 2020?!