2020 Reading Goals!

Happy New Year my bookish friends!! I’m so excited for 2020, and I have a bunch of goals I want to keep in mind while reading this year! Not to be confused with a typical resolution list, the below are some goals I want to reach toward to improve my reading habits, bookstagram, and blogging! I started my blog in 2019 as a method of getting my thoughts and feelings about my books down, and I’ve really loved it. At the end of 2019 I got into a slump and wasn’t really posting, so I want to work on that this year!

READING GOAL

I plan on reading at least 150 books this year. This is my Goodreads goal, and since I read over 160 this year I feel I can make it happen. I also want to complete the Popsugar Reading Challenge. I came as close as ever to completing it in 2019, so I’d like to be able to say I completed it in 2020.

BE MORE CONSCIOUS OF WHAT I’M READING

I know this can mean anything, so let me explain. I have a million TBR books, but I seem to be reading only new released and not backlist. So this year I can break this goal down to a few smaller goals

  1. Read 2 subscription box books a month until I am caught up
  2. Read a backlist book each month
  3. Binge series’ together

NETGALLEY READING/POSTING

This one is short and simple. I want to get my Netgalley percentage up to 80% and keep it there. I am currently at 75%, so I feel I can make this happen over the next year. On top of this, I’d like to be mindful about posting my promotional photos when I say I will, by actually using my planner like I said I would.

BLOGGING

I’d like to do a few things in this category. First, I’d like to review every book I read, and post them to Amazon and Barnes & Noble. This one may not happen, but I figure I can at least review *most* of the books I read. I also would like to participate in Top Ten Tuesday, which I feel will help my blog be more diverse and interesting.

BOOKSTAGRAM

I would like to be more engaged in my bookstagram. I am incredibly shy and super awkward, so I don’t often interact with my fellow bookstagrammers. I want to reach out to at least a few a month to talk about books, and hopefully begin some friendships. I also want to continue talking to my Baltimore Bookstagram friends in our group chat. On top of this, I’d like to try and post daily, along with being more active in stories and highlights.

I think this about covers my plans for 2020. I thrive when I have a semblance of organization (the actual organization is unnecessary, so I already feel better with having this list written down for future reference.

Talk with me in the comments about your goals! Do we share any?

Happy 2020 reading, folks!!

December Book Haul!

FairyLoot Special Edition!

Happy end of the year!! I got most of my hauled books for Christmas, as I did pretty well with buying knowing my family would get me books (and gift cards!) – but of course I still got my subscription box books. One goal of mine for next year is to be more mindful of how much money I spend on books as I have a wedding to plan and save for! I’m going to set a limit for myself… I’m just not sure what that limit is yet!

SUBSCRIPTION BOXES

This month I got my December Owlcrate, November Shelflove Crate, and Decembet BOTM. This will be my last month getting Shelflove Crate, because unfortunately their service has really gone downhill and they are now requiring subscribers to pay a month in advance for the box – e.g. charged in December for January’s box, that would even ship until January 20th (if it’s on time, which is hasn’t been for the last year). SO I cancelled that on Black Friday and started BOTM! I actually got my December BOTM picks BEFORE my November Shelflove Crate. That says something.

  1. The Guinevere Deception (Camelot Rising #1) – Kiersten White (OwlCrate)
  2. Blood Heir (Blood Heir Trilogy #1) – Amelie Wen Zhao
  3. Well Met (Well Met #1) – Jen DeLuca
  4. Red, White, and Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston

CHRISTMAS GIFTS

My family is wonderful and support my reading habit (even if my boyfriend is upset because my books are literally breaking his bookshelves and I cannot fit anything else on my TBR cart) so I got a bunch of books for Christmas!

  1. City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) – Cassandra Clare
  2. City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) – Cassandra Clare
  3. City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) – Cassandra Clare
  4. Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) – Cassandra Clare
  5. Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) – Cassandra Clare
  6. Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices #3) – Cassandra Clare
  7. The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1) – Mary E. Pearson
  8. The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles #1) – Mary E. Pearson
  9. The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles #1) – Mary E. Pearson

SPECIAL EDITION

My last edition was a special edition book I purchased a few months back from FairyLoot! My post office held it hostage for several weeks, even though it was released in November – I didn’t get it until this month. Also, the publisher made a mistake and sent these copies out to the general public, so they created ANOTHER special edition dust jacket that they will be sending us to replace!

  1. Girls of Storm and Shadow (Girls of Paper and Fire #2) – Natasha Ngan

It has been a great month, and year for books! I also got a boatload of money in Barnes and Noble gift cards, which I’ve already used a bunch of! I have an order set to come in January 2nd (Happy New Year to me!) so I can’t wait to unhaul them for you at the end of the month!

Happy reading, folks!