As someone who doesn’t like to put too much pressure on my reading, I signed up for an awful lot of challenges last year! I’m not usually into planning my reads ahead of time as I just go where motivation takes me, but it helped that most of the challenges I set for myself were aimed at tackling the books I already own or want to read.
You can check out my initial challenges post for 2020, but below I’ll go into detail on how I did!
I like to keep my TBR pile in check so I always set a goal to reduce my Goodreads to-read shelf to under 200. I made it to 198 by the end of the year! Though of course that’s already increased with new books I’ve learned about this year 😛
I especially wanted to focus on reading books I owned or those already on my TBR so my challenges reflected this. I didn’t set any specific number goal for this one but I’m glad I was starting to make a dent in my to-read pile. Of the 62 books I read last year:
- 17 were books I owned
- 22 were from my TBR
In the same vein, I had a chosen TBR! I asked folks to choose random numbers and then used those to make a narrowed TBR from my Goodreads to-read shelf for 10 books I should read in 2020. I also added the two Jane Austen books I haven’t read yet since I’ve been meaning to catch up.
I ended up reading 5 of these 12 books, no change since my last progress check-in, so a decent effort. Initially I was getting a lot of these from the library and then completely lost steam with the shutdown and didn’t want digital loans.
The books I didn’t get to (and didn’t decide to remove from my TBR altogether) are: Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies by Lindsay Ribar, The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, I Hate that You Bloody Left Me by Heather Hill, Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, and Lady Susan by Jane Austen.
I’d like to still prioritize these books this year, and I really enjoyed having a chosen TBR so keep an eye out for a new list for 2021!
I made myself another TBR when quarantine began, because I was back home and cleaning out my room and faced with just how many books I own that I haven’t yet read. Thus the Quarantine TBR, inspired by Kate at the living hours!
I only ended up reading 7 of the 25 books on this list but I gave away a bunch (including some of the ones I read), so my shelves are tidier and I have 11 more to read:
A Clue for the Puzzle Lady by Parnell Hall | The Snow Queen by Michael Cunningham
The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O’Brien | Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
Yes Please by Amy Poehler | Robert Frost’s Poems – introduction by Louis Untermeyer
Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier | The Secret History by Donna Tartt
The Heaviness of Things That Float by Jennifer Manuel | Antique Blues by Jane K. Cleland
Most of these are still back in Manitoba for now so it’ll be an ongoing project until I’m reunited with my books.
A very last minute decision to try the alphabet challenge (as always) but I wasn’t too worried about finishing this one in time. I missed a few letters by title: H, K, O, Q, V, X, and Z. I also looked at my reads by author’s last name and almost made it except for K, Q (unless you count McQuiston or DuQuette), U, X, and Z.
This one has been fun to stumble upon, when I accidentally realize I’ve almost completed the alphabet without intending to. It’s a good one to keep in the back of my mind each year.
I also enjoyed participating in a couple readathons and monthly challenges last year. They also pushed me to read from my TBR and owned books too (though of course also introduced me to many new books to add to my TBR):
- ARC August (hosted by Octavia and Shelley at Read.Sleep.Repeat) to tackle the many ARCs I’ve acquired,
- Latinx-a-thon (official Twitter) to read more Latinx-authored and Latinx characters in books,
- Goodreads Spring Cleaning Challenge (hosted by Shealea at Shut Up, Shealea) to clean up my Goodreads shelves,
- IndigAThon (hosted by Michelle @ Thor Wants Another Letter and Brody @ Et tu ,Brody?) to read more Indigenous-authored books
I’m still figuring out the challenges I’d like to follow for 2021 but despite what this list looks like, I do like to keep it lowkey. I’ll share those plans very soon and I still have one more 2020 recap post in the works!
Did you complete your reading goals for 2020?
What’s one of your goals for this year (bookish or otherwise)?
Cover images from Goodreads.