Reading Goals for 2020

And now one of my favorite things about book blogging… the annual setting of the goals! Oh, how the possibilities are endless in January. And then somewhere in October the cold hard realities set in… 😂

As usual, I am not going to put too much pressure on myself with a huge list of goals. I’ve picked four goals to pursue. Without further ado:

Goal #1: Read at least 20 nonfiction titles this year.

I follow so many bloggers who regularly read some excellent sounding nonfiction, and I keep adding titles to my TBR list, but my ratio of nonfiction to fiction is still pitiful. This year I am aiming a little higher and hope to start knocking some of those titles off my list.

Goal #2: Reread at least 4 books from my owned shelf.

I keep books that I love and think I will reread “sometime.” But in reality I just don’t end up doing that, and they sit there collecting dust. Last year I reread just one title, and it was a library book! So this year I’m making this a focus.

Goal #3: Read at least 12 titles from my Classics Club list.

If I am to stay on track to finish my list in February 2023 then I need to stay on task with this project.

Goal #4: Read more authors of color. Last year my percentage was a pitiful 18%. Not good enough.

So that’s it. I feel like these are manageable. And as blogger Naomi once reminded me, it’s not so much the achieving of the goals as the pursuit and improvement that’s important.

59927359120__83537172-c8c3-49da-9fc9-cf768a1e7dc1To switch topics here slightly, I began the new year with a feat of reading that I never do… I bought a book and read it right away! I got some gift cards to the local independent bookstore for Christmas and of course they burned a hole in my pocket. I bought Prince’s The Beautiful Ones, and I’m pleased to say that it’s a solid four star read. A must-read if you’re a Prince fan. It’s a wonderful glimpse into his childhood and his family, the early days of his recording music. It saddens me that he died before completing it… it’s such a tantalizing look at a brilliant, playful mind. He definitely left us too soon and is terribly missed. So there’s one nonfiction book to start the year off right!

I can’t wait to read all of your reading goals for 2020, if you choose to set them. I hope your reading year is getting off to a good start!

21 thoughts on “Reading Goals for 2020

  1. Very manageable goals. I prefer these type of reading goals instead of just a number of books only. I read The Beautiful Ones (audio) and now I need to look through the hard copy I borrowed at the library. It made me miss Prince and wonder what more we could have gotten if he would have finished this book.

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  2. These sound like excellent goals! Re-reading is such a pleasure and it’s too easy to let it slide, so it’s a great idea to make it a goal. I don’t officially include it as a target, but I’ve been trying to do more of it the last couple of years and it’s so relaxing knowing in advance that you’re going to enjoy the book! And classic reading is great fun too – nearly all of them are worth reading and loads of them are fab! Hope you have a great reading year – if you achieve all your goals you can reward yourself with chocolate! And if you don’t, well, chocolate will help you get over the disappointment… 😀

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  3. Awwww, yis! Off to a good start, Laila!

    I also have a goal of re-reading some books I own, mainly because it’s been so long since I read them that I wonder if the books are even good. If not, to the Little Free Library they go!

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  4. Your goals sound reasonable-and as Naomi says, the fun is trying to reach them anyway. Reading everyone’s end of year blog posts reminded me that I never tallied how many books i read were Canadian, how many were by females, how diverse the authors were, etc. I tend to read more books by Aboriginal authors which I really enjoy, but I’d like to read more by people of African descent for sure. I’ll keep that goal in the back of my mind…good luck this year! Can’t wait to follow you on your journey.

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      1. Don’t be so hard on yourself! When Tommy Orange was visitng Calgary, it seemed like he was in disbelief of how many books are written and widely available by indigenous authors here, so I think it’s much easier to access them up here in Canada. Right now in fact, lots of books on the bestseller list in Canada are by indigenous authors (yay!).

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  5. Wonderful goals! Naomi is right — it’s the journey towards your goals which matter the most. One of the things I coach the most at work is how to set and work towards goal achievement. A tip: Keep them visible. If you can see your goals all the time, you’ll focus on them.

    I’m with you on non-fiction reading. I only read TWO non-fiction books in 2019. How sad. I’ll aim to read more this year, but I don’t know if I’ll be quite as ambitious as you are. Good luck, Laila!

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    1. Thank you Jackie! I do have my goals written down in paper in my book journal, so that helps keep them present every time I write down another book I’ve finished. Good luck with nonfiction as well! There are so many good books out there I’ve been meaning to read but I think I have a bit of a mental block against nonfiction, like because I *think* it takes me longer to read I avoid reading them. Time to let that go.

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  6. Even though I haven’t put a number on it, we share the goal of renewedly trying to boost the non-fiction. It’s just an ongoing imbalance in my reading stack. Partly, i am realizing, because I am used to reading books at a certain pace and, with non-fiction, the pace is really different, for me anyway. And, of course, because I don’t read very much of it, I have tended to think of it as being about those books, whereas I think I simply engage with it differently in general, so the book hangs around for much longer in my stack, which makes me feel like I’m not enjoying it as much, but that’s really not true, it simply is different. All of which is to say…that I wonder how often a change in reading habits that is tough to stick with, is actually about something else we just haven’t thought of. And to say that I am loving the non-fiction so far. Prince seems like a great place to start. I’m going to look for a copy of that for Mr. BIP. And I love that feeling of buying and reading a book straight away – it feels so delicious, so indulgent, so present-tense! Also, I LOLed when you said the single reread was from the library. Tee hee.

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