Full disclosure! This post was written weeks ago and I’m finally getting the opportunity to post it. Sorry that a bunch of the info is a bit outdated based on previous posts (oops) but I thank you so much for sticking with me and taking a read!
Aaaaand that’s a wrap on 2019! It’s hard to believe that it’s finally over, but we made it!
2019 was the first year that I formally participated in the Goodreads Reading Challenge. I’ve only recently gotten back into “serious*” reading after years of focusing solely on my academic reading lists.
I set my goal at a modest 15 books. Given that I hadn’t read “in bulk” for a long time, I didn’t want to stress myself out by assigning myself a ton of reading. And yes, any number that I picked I would’ve held myself to, except maybe, like 100**. But it was an exciting undertaking and I was thrilled that I set myself to the task.
Before the end of summer, I had already crushed my goal of 15 books. Honestly? I was really proud of myself. When I set my goal at 15, my mindset was that I would need to read one book per month plus a little extra to reach those additional three. Once I had reached my 15-book goal, I couldn’t stop. I ended my reading challenge having read 37 books.
Going into 2020, I wanted to be a bit cheeky and put down 20 books as my goal. 20 books in 2020? Haha! I’m funny. But, having more than doubled my 2019 goal of 15 books, I figured I may as well go just a little bit more.
I know that 25 books doesn’t seem like much, especially to the veteran challenge reader, but it’s a decent goal for me. Given the academic load that I’ll be undertaking in the upcoming semester coupled with my work schedule, I’ll only have so much time for reading. I know, I know, it’s incredibly sad and I don’t even want to think of the books that I won’t get to read this year. But instead I’m going to look forward to all of the incredible books I have ahead of me!
I’m finishing Leigh Bardugo’s Ninth House and I’ll be tackling This is How You Lose the Time War next. Once I’m done with those, I’m jumping straight into Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone. I’m dead set on finishing Adeyemi’s novel with absolute expediency so that I can read the second book in the Legacy of Orïsha series which was released in early December 2019.
After that—who knows? I really want to read Kevin Wilson’s Nothing to See Here and Annette Hess’s The German House.
What is your reading goal for 2020? And which books are you most looking forward to?
Happy New Year!
*“serious” here meaning “for fun/pleasure” because no I do not consider 90% of my academic reading to be serious.
**And I have several friends who had goals of 100 books who reached and even surpassed that goal. I’m in shock and awe of all of them.