My main reading goal of 2020 is no different from any bookish fangirl’s: read ALL the amazing books as possible!
My 2020 reading goals primarily revolve around the amount of books that I want to read and specific books that I want to pick up in the new year. I really want my 2020 reading to really focus on specific titles I have been wanting to pick up and titles I have selected for review, but also be as stress-free as possible.
I love the premise and creativity behind yearly reading challenges – maybe one year I’ll actually complete POPSUGAR’s annual challenge– but I find that I don’t like adapting my TBR and picking up certain books at a specific time to mark off a check box.
Read at least 60 books
My 2020 reading challenge of 60 books is lower than my normal reading goal. For example, in 2019, I set my reading challenge on Goodreads to 70 books, knowing that I personally wanted to reach 100 books. While I successfully reached my goal at 127 books, it might seem weird that I don’t set my challenge to a higher amount. With my college graduation ahead in May, I really don’t know what life is going to look like in 2020, hence I don’t know what my free time aka reading time will be this year. Reading will always be a part of my life for sure, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to have months where I can get to 15 books a month. Although I’ve proven that I am able to read a lot during super busy periods of life, I don’t want to set a “high” number because I don’t want to put pressure on myself to read.
Read more new adult and adult fiction
Although I read more YA books than not, I started picking up more and more new adult and adult fiction titles between May and the end of the year. Specifically, I found myself reaching for contemporary and contemporary romance titles. Since so many of the new adult and adult books that I picked up earned 5 stars, I really want to continue to pick up more of the same type of books. I’d love to read more books from the authors that I did read and find new-to-me authors and books. My favorite sub-genre within new adult and adult contemporary romance was sports romance.
Some 2019 favorites were:
I feel like I’ve gotten better and better about re-reading each year. I’ve discovered that challenging myself to reread specific books does not work, having done so in both 2018 and 2019 and failing to reread most of the books on those reread TBRs. Much of my rereading in 2020 is focusing on rereading books in anticipation for the next book in the series.
Reread The Royal We for The Heir Affair
Royal-inspired reads has become one of my favorite contemporary subgenres over the past few years. One of the reads that inspired my love for this ‘genre’ back in 2015 was Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan’s The Royal We. The Royal We follows an American college student studying abroad in England who happens to fall in love with the crown prince. It was announced in 2019 that there would be a book #2, The Heir Affair, coming out on June 16, 2020. Since I absolutely loved the first book and haven’t read it since 2015, I’m in definite need of a reread before summertime.I know a lot of people will be checking out both books from the library, so the sooner I check The Royal We out for my reread, the sooner I’ll have it. Unless I break out my holiday Barnes & Noble gift cards…
Reread the Legend trilogy
One of my failed reading goals in 2019 was rereading Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy (Legend, Prodigy, and Champion) in anticipation for the follow-up standalone, Rebel. Although Rebel came out in October 2019, I ended up not rereading Legend last year. I found that I wasn’t really in the mood to reread it and since this series is one of my favorites, I wanted to revisit it when I was ready to. I’m actually even more excited to pick up this series again, since I haven’t read it since 2015! I plan on fulfilling this reread goal early on in the year in January and February.
Read An Ember in the Ashes
I’m not going to go into too much detail here because I’ve already covered having not read Sabaa Tahir An Ember in the Ashes in other posts. Almost all my bookish friends IRL and online have all loved or really enjoyed this series, so it is finally about time for me to pick it up myself. I plan on reading it in 2020, whether or not book #4 comes out this year.
What are some of your 2020 reading goals? Have you read any of the books that I mentioned? Do you have any recommendations for me? Share in the comments!