Hello, my fellow bloggers! It is I, Keri, emerging from the void to FINALLY provide my 2020 reading wrap-up and perhaps even list a few optimistic goals for 2021? (Even though we’re nearly a quarter of the way through the year, whoops.)
Originally, I wanted to go back and cover all the months I missed since I last posted, but honestly, so much happened and covering it all seems rather intimidating, not to mention would require me to write like 4K words and no one wants that.
With the craziness of 2020, I found myself alternating between periods of reading and not-reading. I fell short of the quantity I’ve read in past years, managing only 50 books instead of my usual 70ish books. But at 50 books, I still made my Goodreads goal! Being my procrastinator self, did this require me to complete 3 books on New Year’s Eve with only 9 minutes to spare? PERHAPS, but shhhh, we won’t dwell on that.
2020 Reading Wrap-Up
As I mentioned above, I read 50 books last year. I created a bunch of pretty pie charts based on my reading stats, so please admire them down below! Not only did I track age category, genres, and formats, but I also looked at a book’s place in a series (or if it was a standalone), where I acquired the book from, and what months were most productive.
Age Category Breakdown
The breakdowns of age categories and genres came as a bit of a surprise to me. For the first time, Young Adult was not my most read age category? Though I suppose it makes since, since I fell into devouring (smutty) romances as comfort reads, and those are very much NOT young adult. Though it was no surprise that my most read genre was fantasy. The day this changes will be the day that pigs fly.
Place in Series Breakdown
To no one’s surprise, I consumed a bunch of standalones and started lots of series, and only occasionally continued on to the following books.
Between eARCs and ebooks, over a third (and nearly half) of the books I read were ebooks! I’ve always considered myself to primarily be a physical book gal, but I guess all those spicy romances changed that! And trying out Kindle Unlimited for the first time helped too.
The books I read came from all over the place, but as I mentioned above: trying out Kindle Unlimited for part of the year was a dangerous thing to have access to, haha.
Reading by Month Breakdown
The first half of the year was definitely more productive than the rest, with the exception of December, when I was frantically making my last sprint to my reading goal.
Total Pages Read: 15218 pages
Average Length Per Book: 304 pages
Average Rating Per Book: 3.8 stars
2020 Book Haul
How Books Were Acquired
Format of Books Acquired
In 2020, I acquired a total of 40 books (including both physical and electronic), which I consider to be a win, given that this means I read more than I acquired! This was definitely not the case in 2019, when I read 74 books and acquired 100. 😅
How Did I Do On My 2020 Goals?
1. Read 50 books!
By finishing up 3 books on New Year’s Eve, I made it with 9 minutes to spare! ✅
2. Read as many of my already owned books as possible.
I read a total of 10 books that I had owned prior to 2020 and hadn’t picked up before. I consider this to be a decent result, but definitely not quite where I wanted the number to be, so I’ll have to continue my mission of tackling my already owned books in 2021. 🆗❌
3. Read at least ten 2020 releases
I read 12 releases from 2020! ✅
4. Reread at least 5 books
Errr, I read 3 rereads. So close, but not quite. ❌
5. Finish at least 4 series
I finished 2 series…and one was technically a “series” of companion romance novels. Definitely another goal to carry over to 2021. ❌
6. Read a variety of genres!
Mediocre success with this goal? I technically picked up 10 different genres across 2020, but if you look at the breakdown, 68% of what I read was either fantasy or smutty romance. 🆗
In case anyone is curious, the other genres I picked up were: Classics, Contemporary, Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction, Humor, Magical Realism, Memoir, and ‘regular’ Romance, lol.
I had some additional writing and lifestyle goals, but those all crashed and burned rather quickly, so let’s not even bother talking about them, shall we?
Reading Goals for 2021
1. Read 50 books!
Always my first & foremost goal, though I would of course love to surpass this number this year.
2. Read as many books from my already owned collection as possible.
To be more specific, this means books I owned prior to 2021 and copies that I haven’t read before. I would like to read at least 25 of my already owned books.
3. Read at least 15 releases from 2021.
Perhaps this is a bit ambitious since I also wanna focus on my already owned books, but I also wanna stay up-to-date on book hype *sheepish shrug*
4. Reread at least 5 books.
Perhaps I’ll actually make this goal this year?
5. Finish at least 5 series.
Apparently I’m feeling SUPER ambitious as I sit down and type out all of these goals.
6. Read as many sapphic books as possible! 💕 🏳️🌈
This goal goes hand in hand with focusing on further diversifying my reading, though I plan to focus on sapphic books in particular. I would also like to grow my collection of sapphic books, but alas, that requires money. I need to start hunting down those unused gift-cards in my room that I keep forgetting about…
And that’s it for my wrap-up & new goals! How is everyone? I would ask what your goals are for 2021, but since most of you posted about them 2 months ago like normal bloggers, why don’t you tell me how your goals are currently going? What’s the best book you’ve read so far this year?
Please drop a comment–I’ve missed talking with you all!