My Bookish New Year’s Resolutions

My new year’s bookolutions? My new year’s resobooktions?

Pun it any way you like, these are my book related vows for 2020.

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Amanja's 2019 Reading challenge, 153/100
Kicked 2019 butt

Read 170 Books

For 2019 I set my Goodreads reading challenge at 100 books. Early in the year that seemed like a good challenge and then I decided to try an experiment. I deactivated my Netflix account. I realized that I had only been watching stuff I had already seen and that was when I was opening it maybe once a week. I decided to see if I would miss it when it was gone.

Short answer, I haven’t. I am bummed I still haven’t seen the latest episodes of Riverdale but oh well, I know I’ll reactivate it next time I get a really bad cold and I’ll catch up then!

Without Netflix I started reading a lot more. Enough that I felt like I could fill a blog. And here we are. I’m enjoying reading and writing this blog a lot more than scrolling through my phone while I rewatch Friends so I’m going to keep it up.

Since at the time of writing this list I’ve completed 153 books in 2019 I need to set my 2020 goal even higher in order to challenge myself. 170 might finally be the number I just can’t reach!

If you’re interested in more tips about how to find more time to read, check out my previous article here.

lots of book covers
so many covers

Read More Books I Already Own

Above are actual screen shots from my kindle library. I think all but one books shown is one that I own and have not yet read. Some of those books have been on there for years!

The problem is that I discovered library apps. It’s so awesome to be able to get free books right to my kindle and I kind of just forgot about all those other ones I spent real money on.

Part of this goal is that I would like to actually buy more books this year as well. I think it is important to support authors that you love and the way to do that is by actually buying their great books.

Here are the ones I’m most looking forward to that I already have, feel free to click on the links and buy them too so we can read together!

House of Cards

The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things: A Novel

Imagine Me Gone

A Wicked Snow

A collage of Stephen King book covers
so many choices

Read One Stephen King Book

So here’s a secret. I’ve never really liked Stephen King. When I was much younger I tried to read The Shining and The Green Mile and I couldn’t finish either of them. So I just kind of put King down and never looked back.

I really enjoy many of the movies that are made from his books and I felt like that was enough. I also really enjoy a lot of his son Joe Hill’s books. But I think it’s time to give him another shot.

Please shout out your absolute number one favorite Stephen King book recommendations in the comments. I have no clue which one I actually want to try!

locke and key book cover
loved it

Re-Read at Least One Book

Speaking of Joe Hill…

I don’t really ever re-read books. It’s such a time commitment to sit down and read something I’ve already read. Even if I loved it. But I see so many book lovers posting about re-reading their favorites and I think I might be missing out.

So why in the world haven’t I re-read it yet?!

What books have you read more than once? Tell me in the comments.

stock photo of books
is there a ghost in this photo?

Read More Diversity

This is the big goal.

In 2019 I read a terrible book that I hated called The Marriage Plot. After hate reading it I vowed to stop reading books about rich white people in love triangles. Never again, if I get a whiff that’s what the book is about I’m gonna stop reading it.

So I need more diverse books. I realized that I was staying inside of a familiar comfort bubble and I wasn’t branching out. I need to read more books by authors of all races and nationalities, all genders and sexual identities, and all ages.

By the end of the year I hope I can check in and say with confidence that straight, white, cis, middle aged, males were the minority authors/protagonists in my reading list.

Please give me so many recommendations for this! Comment below with your favorites!

So what are your reading goals for 2020?

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4 thoughts on “My Bookish New Year’s Resolutions

  1. I went over my 100 books too… by 33 so I upped it to 125 not 70 lol. I also am slowing down on ARCs so I can read more backlist books. 🙂

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