At the beginning of 2019 I set myself the goal of reading 100 books. It felt like an ambitious and perhaps foolhardy goal but I was able to accomplish and even surpass it. (104 was my final number.) I’m pretty proud of that. More than that though I appreciate that this goal made me think a little harder about how I spend my time. It helped me to make time for reading. Not something, mind you, I’d ever really struggled with but that ambitious goal did push me to read even more than I would have otherwise.
So what goals do I set myself for 2020? Knowing I can read over 100 books in a calendar year, do I set an even higher goal? Instead, I’m going to aim for another 100 but be a little more deliberate about what kinds of books I’m reading.
- Read 100 books.
- Read at least 20 books translated from a language other than English.
- Read at least 25 books that have been on my TBR for a year or more. (My TBR list as it exists now dates back to 2013.)
- Read all the authors who will be coming to the local Writers Festival in August 2020. (Planning ahead on this one so I can read the authors as they’re announced instead of frantically cramming them all into June and July!)
- Review 75 books on this here blog. My hope is also that I can be more regular/organized in my posting.
- Begin and end my day with a quiet time. I started doing this in the final quarter of 2019 and it made a big difference in my life. (Hi, I’m an introvert!) I set an alarm for 6 am and one for 9 pm. The girls’ alarm is set for 7 am so this, ideally, gives me an hour before they wake up. I drink my coffee, read my Bible, read whatever devotional I’m currently working through and maybe do some fiction reading. At 9 pm I wash my face and get into bed. I do my evening devotion/Bible reading and journal about my day before reading a bit more. Whether or not I get time to read during each day can vary a lot but this guarantees me at least an hour of read each day and it makes me feel much better in my day-to-day life.
State of the TBR:
My on-going list currently stands at 198. At the beginning of 2019 it was 245. That decrease is due to lots of reading this year but also some winnowing by removing books from it that I realized I was never, ever going to read and had lost interest in reading. 45 of the titles on the TBR are apparently ones I already own which is, frankly, rather alarming and a bit of a jump up from the 27 I mentioned a year ago. (In my defence, I buy most of my books secondhand and usually from library book sales and thrift stores. I’m mostly mentioning this here so when my husband reads this post he isn’t overly alarmed at my book buying habits. Some women buy shoes, I buy used books.)
What are your 2020 reading goals? When in your day do you read? Are you the type of reader who usually has multiple books on the go or are you a one-at-a-time style of reader?