Last year I tailored my reading plans to my habits, and it worked out well for me. I hit more of my reading goals than I did in prior years, so I intend to continue that trend in 2020.
Overall reading goals:
read more of my own books
complete some series
These are the same overall goals I had last year, but I’d like to see if I can repeat my success with them. I spent more than I wanted to in 2019, but it was less than previous years. I also surprised myself and mostly read books either from the library or from own shelves. I’d like to do that again and hopefully read even more books from my shelves. Also, I’d like to complete some of the many series I have going, if I choose to continue with the stories. My other reading plans:
It’s the same amount as 2019 and I know I’ll read more than that, so this is my relaxed goal while I secretly strive for 100 books.
Books I really want myself to read this year, but I probably won’t
An apt title that, but I’ll try harder to complete all (or at least half) of the books on this list by the end of the year.
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter by Nina MacLaughlin
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
Read some comics/graphic novels
20 comics/graphic novels
I love this format and would like to read more of it. I managed to read about 18 of them last year, so I’d like to push myself to try for 20 this year. At least 7 of them must be one of these:
The Wicked + Divine, Vol. 5: Imperial Phase, Pt. 1 by Kieron Gillen, illus. by Jamie McKelvie
Saga, Vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughan, illus. by Fiona Staples
Velvet, Vol. 3: The Man Who Stole the World by Ed Brubaker, illus. by Steve Epting
Locke & Key, Vol. 2: Head Games by Joe Hill, illus. by Gabriel Rodríguez
Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosch (illus.)
The Park Bench by Christophe Chaboute (illus.)
Run for It by Marcelo D’Salete (illus.)
Ruins by Peter Kuper
Monstress, Vol. 4: The Chosen by Marjorie Liu, illus. by Sana Takeda
Deadly Class, Vol. 1: Reagan Youth by Rick Remender, illus. by Wes Craig
Classics Reading Challenge
I don’t even know why I keep calling it this because I already failed my classics reading challenge, but I might revamp it and start over. I suck at reading classics, so I’m going to make it easy on myself. I need to only read 1 classic novel, play, or poetry. Just 1. I’m sure I can manage that.
Dracula by Bram Stoker, illus. by Becky Cloonan
The Iliad by Homer, transl. by Ennis Rees
Read some horror
I did great on the horror part of my reading goals last year, so I’ll increase the number by two. I need to read
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
The Isle of Blood by Rick Yancey
The Night Eternal by Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buston
The Dead Zone by Stephen King
This is a Discworld reading challenge hosted by Annemieke from A Dance with Books. The goal is simply to read Discworld novels, as many as you’d like. I think I’ll start out small since I’m new to the series and reach for
Level 1 / The Counterweight Continent / 1-5 Books
The Counterweight Continent is on the other end of the Unnamed Continent and Klatch. It is much smaller in landmass than either of them but makes up for it in its crust that is made almost entirely out of gold and octiron. The octiron is cause of the rare sapient pear trees the contintent has. Wood from these trees create Luggages. Beware if you come across a Luggage. It is home to the Agatean Empire.
I’ll start with the books I own:
This is a reading challenge that began on December 13, 2019 and will run through December 31, 2020 that urges participants to prioritize the unread books on their shelves. I NEED to participate. I attempted a similar reading challenge last year, but it didn’t work out. I intend to make this one work because at the moment, I have approximately 654 unread books on my shelves (that’s what my Book Collectorz app tells me).
I love a creative readathon/challenge and the #StartOnYourShelfathon is exactly that. It was created by CW from the Quiet Pond. The intent is to read as many of your own books (you determine how many) as you can and collect stars to create a star map to help a character named Castor find his lost stars. 😊
For more details, and to download the star map, see the Quiet Pond readathon announcement.
I probably won’t do the whole star map thing, but I’ll collect the stars so I can feel special (lol).
for books read for the readathon
for completing a goal I set for myself
for reading a book that became a new favorite
Usually when I participate in these “read your own books” challenges, I don’t consider books bought in the previous year because they still seem new to me rather than books I own. But I’m changing that this year. So here are my rules for this readthon:
- Read at least 20 of my own books.
- The books must have been bought anytime before January 6, 2020. (Therefore, anytime before I post this announcement.)
- Any format counts, e.g., novels, comics, picture books, audio.
- Read at least 5 picture books.
- Read at least 5 comics.
- Read at least 3 sci-fi/fantasy novels by an author of color.
- Read at least 2 horror novels.
- Read at least 1 classic.
- Rereads do not count. (This is a rule from the readathon creator.)
- At least 3 of the books must be one of the books I told myself to read this year.
- Complete the 2 nonfiction books I started yeeeaarrss ago but didn’t complete.
I tried to include bits of the other reading goals/challenges I’ve listed for 2020 to make things easier for myself.
I won’t bother posting a TBR list. That would just give me a headache later in the year.
So a quick roundup of my 2020 reading plans:
Goodreads Challenge = 50 books
Books I MUST read = 4/8 books
Read comics/graphic novels = 10/20 books
Classics Reading Challenge = 1 book
Read some horror = 6 books
Turtle Recall = 5 books
# StartOnYourShelfathon = 20 books