- Complete Goodreads Challenge of 60 books
- I completed my challenge at the beginning of October, and I’m currently reading book number 70. Quarantining provided plenty of reading time for me. This year will mark the most books I’ve read in a single year since I started tracking my books on Goodreads in 2014. Of course, it also helps that I’ve been reading more graphic novels, and those tend to be shorter in length.
- Read more nonfiction
- This wasn’t hard to do because I think I only read two nonfiction books in 2019: Becoming by Michelle Obama and Shortest Way Home by Pete Buttigieg. In 2020, I read several social justice and race titles, a book about introverts, Educated, a book about discussing politics, and a book detailing a piece of journalism. I can thank my church’s two book clubs for most of my nonfiction reading this year. I ended most of these books feeling like I had learned something from them. I don’t think nonfiction will ever be my go-to, but I’m going to keep encouraging myself to read from this genre.
- Watch TV/film adaptations of books
- Last year, I did such a good job of watching books on the big screen. I watched Ready Player One, The Hate U Give, The Handmaid’s Tale (Season 1), Every Day, Wonder, and a few episodes of A Discovery of Witches. In 2020……….nothing. You’d think being stuck at home for months on end would have given me time to watch some movies – but I am also a mom to an only child. I got to entertain a kindergartener every day, all day long. The only movies we watched were Trolls World Tour, Onward, and whatever kids movies we could borrow from the library once it opened up again. I want to renew this goal for 2021.
- Read physical books I’ve borrowed, bought, or been gifted
- It’s no secret: I love my kindle fire. At least 75% of the books I read are from the OverDrive app, which I read on my kindle. I have many lovely hardcover and paperback books in my house – either through my own purchases or from gifts – but I have a hard time making myself read them. A kindle is just so handy! I love highlighting favorite lines while I read, I like using the dictionary function to look up words I’m unfamiliar with, and I love the ease of holding it. I’m really only good at reading physical books when they are graphic novels. While I’ve read a fair share of graphic novels on my kindle, it’s definitely easier to read them and to view the artwork when it’s a real book. Again, I plan on keeping this goal for next year.
What bookish goals have you set for yourself? How successful were you in completing them in 2020? What bookish goals will you set for 2021?