I think we can all say that 2020 was a very strange and eventful year, even with us quarantining for a vast majority of it. I started grad school for library science this year, though I actually withdrew from my grad school program a few months later (because it was focusing on school librarianship, and I want to pursue public librarianship). I recently started a job as a library page at a branch of our local public library, and I am really enjoying it! We also moved unexpectedly this year! We moved back to Texas, which is where I grew up, so that we could be closer to my family. My daughter started in-person pre-school this year. It has been a hard year for everyone, but it has still had some great moments for me! And, I read WAY more books than I anticipated!!
Books I Read:
I read 107 books this year! I was absolutely not anticipating this, as I knew I was going to start grad school this year, so I had set my Goodreads goal to only 65 books. I surpassed this number months ago!
I love the wrap-up that Goodreads creates at the end of the year, so if you want to see a fun round-up of the books I read, check out my Year In Books 2020!
Top 10 Favorite Books I Read in 2020:
1: My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
2: Code Name Helene by Ariel Lawhon
3: Circe by Madeline Miller
4: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
5: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
6: Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
7: Lovely War by Julie Berry
8: Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
9: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
10: Fable by Adrienne Young
Here are some of my reading stats for 2020:
Total Books Read: 107
Books DNF’d: 2
Number of Pages Read: 23,008
Number of Hours Listened: 21 days, 3 hours, 39 minutes
BOOKS BY TYPE
Print Books: 33
Digital Books: 30
Audio Books: 47
BOOKS BY AGE GROUP
Middle Grade/Children’s: 8
BOOKS BY GENRE
General/Contemporary Fiction: 22
Historical Fiction: 14
General Non-Fiction: 4
I’m proud of myself for reading from a wide variety of genres. Surprisingly, I read more fantasy this year than any other genre! This never happens. It was followed closely by contemporary fiction, and then historical fiction. I would like to read more classics and genres that I don’t typically lean toward. I also read 14 non-fiction books. I read more non-fiction last year, so this is something I need to focus on more for 2021.
I have been a huge fan of the Always Fully Booked planner from Little Inklings Design for the past few years. I kept track of all of the reading challenges that I participated in throughout the year. I actually finished most of them, which I was super proud of!
I thought it might be fun to share with you some of the completed pages from the 2020 planner with you:
Reading Goals for 2021
- I am going to give myself a goal of 150 books for 2021!
- I want to try to read at least one non-fiction book each month.
- I want to try to read more books that I already own.
- I am going to follow a few different book challenges, including:
- PopSugar Reading Challenge 2021
- Book Riot Read Harder Challenge 2021
- The Unread Shelf Project Reading Challenge 2021
- Little Inklings Always Fully Booked Reading Challenge 2021
- On the Cover Reading Challenge
- Reading Rainbow Challenge
- A to Z Challenge
Personal Goals for 2021
As far as personal goals go, I only have a few:
- Try to live a healthier lifestyle
- Journal more
- Lead a more intentional prayer life
- Reach out to far away friends on a more regular basis
How was your 2020 reading year? Did you accomplish your goals? What are your goals for 2021? Let’s talk about it in the comments!
Love, happy reading, and happy new year,