As we are now two thirds of the way through the year already, I felt it was a good time to check in on my Goodreads Challenge and see how I am getting on!
I set a target of 52 books back on New Year’s Day, a total which I have exceeded in each of the last two years, but the highest goal I have ever set for myself. Having shown I could read this many books in a year, I felt that one book per week was the least I should aim for, even when also pursuing all my other interests.
And as things stand, I am exceeding my expectations! I have read 45 books so far in 2020, which is nine ahead of schedule according to Goodreads. I am currently on course to reach my target by around early October, if I keep going at the same rate. There is also a chance that I could make it a personal best reading year – my record currently stands at 62, in 2018.
I have read at a relatively consistent level all year, finishing between four and seven books in each month. The pandemic and all the time spent at home as a result has probably enabled me to get through some books slightly quicker than normal, but a lot of the time I have just happened to prioritise reading over other things.
What makes me happiest about how I am doing with my challenge is that the average number of pages for each book I have read this year is 364, which is pretty high! This is especially considering that I see myself as a relatively slow reader.
In terms of ratings, I have only had three books so far this year that I have given the full five stars. I wish I could have had more, but despite this I have still discovered lots of fantastic reads. There are only a very small handful of books in 2020 which I awarded less than three stars, so when you look at the bigger picture it has been an excellent reading year up to now.
Added to that, the three books I have given five stars are now among my absolute favourites, namely With The Fire On High, Where The Crawdads Sing, and A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder.
The only bad month I had was May, where I fell into a little bit of a slump as I was struggling to connect with the books I was reading. Otherwise, I have generally kept things fresh by changing genre for almost every new book I read. It is very rare now that I pick up two successive books in the same genre, and as a result I have read a very wide variety this year.
Here are the books I have read in 2020:
One of my main targets at the beginning of 2020 was to read more diversely, and I do feel I have made progress in that respect, discovering books with excellent representation. However, I could still do better and therefore I am planning to read more own voices novels and books by BAME authors in the coming months. There are lots already on my TBR, so it is about time I got to them!
I am really excited for the books I have lined up for the rest of the year. Some of them are for blog tours – I have three coming up in September alone – there will be a couple of buddy reads, and I also hope to start popular series such as the Six Of Crows duology and Arc Of A Scythe.
How are you getting on with your Goodreads Challenge? How many books have you got left, or have you already completed it? Let me know in the comments!
Happy reading 🙂