my 2020 reading goals

So this post was meant to happen 6 weeks ago at the beginning of the year, and then it didn’t. I planned out my reading goals back in December and then life happened and it never got written. But it is still the first quarter of 2020, so no time like the present to share with you my 2020 reading goals.

Number of Books

Last year I made it a goal to read 300 books in the year and while I did hit it by the end December seemed like it was a constant race to catch up to the goal. So this year I have massively scaled back. Officially on Goodreads I put a goal of 52 books, but in reality I don’t have a goal for a certain number. I want to be able to read whatever I want without worrying about hitting a certain amount. So I can read Children’s books and giant adult books without worrying.

Goodreads Choice Awards

Like I have for the past two years I am going to read one of the top books of the Goodreads Choice Awards in each category. I choose the top book that I haven’t read or wasn’t already on my to-read list. Here are the books that I will be reading for this:

CategoryBookAuthor
FictionNormal PeopleSalley Rooney
Mystery and ThrillerThe Lost ManJane Harper
Historical FictionThe Giver of StarsJojo Moyes
FantasyThe Ten Thousand Doors of JanuaryAlix E. Harrow
RomanceThings You Save in a FireKatherine Center
Science FictionRecursionBlake Crouch
HorrorThe InstituteStephen King
Humour William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Mean GirlsIan Doescher
Non-FictionMaybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed Lori Gottlieb
Memoir & AutobiographyHome Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood YearsJulie Andrews
History & BiographyBefore and After: The Incredible Real Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennesse Children’s Home SocietyJudy Christie
Science & TechnologyInvisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for MenCaroline Criado-Perez
Food and CookbooksAntoni in the KitchenAntoni Porowski
Graphic NovelsThey Called Us EnemyGeorge Takei
PoetryLord of the ButterfliesAndrea Gibson
Debut NovelA Woman Is No ManEtaf Rum
Young AdultFive Feet ApartRachael Lippincott
Young Adult FantasySerpent & DoveShelby Mahurin
Middle GradeThe Bridge HomePadma Venkatraman
Picture BooksSulweLupita Nyong’o

Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge

I have heard about this challenge for a few years now, but this year I am going to try tackling it. Some of the prompts on this list are quite interesting and I am excited to see what I can read for this challenge. I haven’t picked the books for this yet, but I will keep you updated on what I am reading from it. These links will take you to ideas for each of the challenges which I will be picking from. The challenges are as follows:

  1. Read a YA nonfiction book
  2. Read a retelling of a classic of the canon, fairytale, or myth by an author of color
  3. Read a mystery where the victim(s) is not a woman
  4. Read a graphic memoir
  5. Read a book about a natural disaster
  6. Read a play by an author of color and/or queer author
  7. Read a historical fiction novel not set in WWII
  8. Read an audiobook of poetry
  9. Read the LAST book in a series
  10. Read a book that takes place in a rural setting
  11. Read a debut novel by a queer author
  12. Read a memoir by someone from a religious tradition (or lack of religious tradition) that is not your own
  13. Read a food book about a cuisine you’ve never tried before
  14. Read a romance starring a single parent
  15. Read a book about climate change
  16. Read a doorstopper (over 500 pages) published after 1950, written by a woman
  17. Read a sci-fi/fantasy novella (under 120 pages)
  18. Read a picture book with a human main character from a marginalized community
  19. Read a book by or about a refugee
  20. Read a middle grade book that doesn’t take place in the U.S. or the UK
  21. Read a book with a main character or protagonist with a disability (fiction or non)
  22. Read a horror book published by an indie press
  23. Read an edition of a literary magazine (digital or physical)
  24. Read a book in any genre by a Native, First Nations, or Indigenous author

ARC’s

Again, same as last year I am going to try and read as many ARC’s as I can throughout the year. I read these books through NetGalley and it is always exciting to get to read books and review them before they come out. There isn’t a specific number of books that I want to read for this, but as long as I am reading one or two a week that should be good.

I know it is February, but do you have any reading goals for the year? Let me know what they are in the comments below.

10 Comments Add yours

  1. “The Institute” is very good 🙂 “Normal People” is also on my reading list 🙂 I don’t really have reading goals this year, I’m just reading all the books that I got as presents or bought in second hand stores. “The Story of the Lost Child” by Elena Ferrante right now, then “The Library Book” by Susan Orlean, both presents. 🙂

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  2. Do you think it will be difficult to read books from all the different Goodreads categories? I’m assuming there are some genres on there that you’ll like more than others. For example, I couldn’t even think about sitting down to read a romance novel or a picture book!

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    1. Andrea says:

      I really like doing this for this exact reason! It gets me out of my comfortable genres. I actually thought I hated romance but have found that I really enjoy it. Since these are some of the most liked books of the year they are a decent representation of the genre. And if I don’t like the category, that is the only book I have to read all year that is like that.

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  3. These are such great goals! I have signed up for so many challenges I’m kinda overwhelmed with them all! I wish you all the luck!

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