It’s the start of a new year which means it’s time to look back at the past one. Today I’m looking at what I read last year, if I met my goals and what my reading plans are for this year. In 2019 I read 72 books (bang on the same amount as 2018 funnily enough) which beat my Goodreads goal of 52 books, and I reviewed 46 of them which beat my goal of reviewing 26. You can find a full list of what I read here (the links go to the reviews) and I shared what are my top ten favourite books of the year earlier this week. The OWLs and the NEWTs readathons certainly helped me have good reading months, and in June I was on holiday where I read 8 books in 10 days.
I didn’t really have reading challenges or goals for 2019 – especially compared to 2018 when I had like three things I signed up for! In 2019 I continued to put £1 in a pot for every book I read meaning I had £72 to put in the bank. I’m sure I’ll use that money to buy more books. I continued with the Read the World Project and almost half of all the books I read in 2019 counted towards that project. I read 35 from different countries. Once again, I tried to get my TBR down to 50 books from 100 books and after Christmas gifts, my TBR now stands at 85 books. So at least it went down!
I always try to keep an equal split of male/female authors that I read and I succeeded at that in 2019. In fact, it was more female heavy which is fine by me. In 2019 I also kept track of whether the books I was reading were by white authors or authors of colour. In my goals last year I said I wanted at least 25% of the books I read to be by people of colour. I’m happy to say I achieved that and 40% of the books I read (which makes 29 of them) were by people of colour. I think my Read the World project definitely helps with this.
Now for my reading goals of 2020.
My reading goals aren’t that different to what they’ve been the last few years to be honest. I’m going to continue to put a £1 in a jar for every book I read, and I’m going to increase my Goodreads challenge goal a bit and want to read at least 60 books and to review at least 30 of them. I also want to continue to read books from at least an equal split of men and women authors, and to have at least 30% of the books I read are by people of colour. I’ll also say (once again) that I’d like to get my TBR down to 50 books. I did make some headway with my TBR in 2019 so I hope I can continue that trend, or at least be more open to unhauling books I have no interest in anymore. I’m not signing up to any year-long challenges but I think I will join many readathons throughout the year to give me that extra push to read.
In 2019 I hit 100 countries read for my Read the World Project! I’m so happy with that number but I do have 122 countries to read in the next 21 months if I want to meet myself imposed deadline. I own books for 6 more countries, but I have many more on my radar so reading books for my Read the World project will definitely be a priority this year. Really, I need to read at least 60 books for this challenge to make my deadline of reading a book from every country in the world before my 30th birthday. I’m not sure if that’ll happen but I hope it will. If you have any suggestions for books from around the world, I’d love to hear them! You can see what countries I’ve already read here.
Those are my reading goals for 2020. Do you have any reading goals for the year? I’m always interested in the reading goals people set themselves and if they have any tips or tricks to help them achieve them.
Ooh, I love the stats. Great post! I took a pretty long hiatus last year from reading and writing, so I’m just trying to get back in the swing of things. I’ve missed it!
Thank you – I love some good stats. 🙂
Hope you get back into the reading swing soon, it’s such a nice feeling when books are in your life.
I love this! I need to pull my stats together soon ❤ Happy 2020!
I love stats but it is a bit of a faff getting them all together. Happy 2020 to you too! 🙂
I made a points system game for tasks I accomplish in my 2020 reading. I guess it’s kind of like your money in the jar game. 🙂 Good luck with your goals!
Thank you 🙂 Ooh I like the sound of a points system. I try to set a timer on my phone for about 30mins a day and I just sit and read for that amount of time, if I have more time to spend reading, great! But if not, at least I read a bit that day.
Nice job completing your Goodreads goal! I wish my TBR was only 85 books. Over the last few years I bought more books than I read, so now I am drowning in unread books. I’m hoping this year to stop checking out books from the library and request less ARCs, so I can finally read more own books and not feel so guilty haha. I love the idea of putting money away for each book that you read, that’s awesome! Good luck with your goals for 2020!
Thank you! These past few years I’ve definitely made a conscious effort to get my TBR down. I still do still buy/acquire books but I’m a lot better at reading them as I get them and I don’t by books just because of the hype anymore, I have to be interested in them. I tend to find if I have a large TBR it takes me so long to read books that I was once excited about and I no longer am when I finally decide to pick them up – or my tastes have changed so I don’t enjoy them as much as I might’ve done if I read them when I first got it. Hope that long, rambly sentence makes sense!
Good luck at making a dent in your TBR in 2020! 🙂
That’s exactly what happened to me, haha. So now I have this huge TBR. Hopefully I can read a bunch of my own books this year and finally get it down.
I love the idea of putting money in a jar every time you read a book. I might have to do something like this because I want to cut back on buying books and reading more from my shelf. Wishing you lot of luck with all your 2020 goals!