Goodreads Challenge 2020 Summary and Stats

Happy New Year Everyone!

I think I am with you all in saying that it is good to see the end of the unqualified disaster that was 2020, and hopefully this year can deliver much better fortunes in our lives.

However, 2020 was actually a very good year for me as far as reading is concerned. I discovered a whole host of fantastic reads across a whole range of genres, and finished a total of 66 books, which is a new personal best!

My Goodreads Challenge target for the year was 52, equating to one book per week. I felt confident of reaching that, but never expected to exceed that goal by such a long way, even accounting for all the time spent at home due to COVID-19 restrictions.

That I managed to read a personal record number of books in a year was down to being able to finish books at a solidly consistent level throughout. There was only one time, during May, when I fell into something of a slump but since then it has been relatively serene progress, even though reading has led to a few rather late nights.

Another difference this year has been the fact I have read multiple books at once far more frequently, while I have started taking part in blog tours and also doing more buddy reads with other book bloggers. All of that adds up to perhaps my most exceptional reading year to date!

For this post, I am looking back on all the books I read in 2020 and have compiled some interesting statistics relating to them, which provide a useful insight into my current reading habits and preferences.

Books Read Per Month

January: 5
February: 4
March: 6
April: 7
May: 6
June: 5
July: 4
August: 7
September: 6
October: 5
November: 5
December: 6


⭐ – 0
.5 – 0
⭐⭐- 4

.5 – 2
⭐⭐⭐ – 14
.5 – 17
⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 16
.5 – 7
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 6

Average rating: ⭐⭐⭐.77

Looking back at my 2019 stats, this year contained many more 3-star and 3.5-star reads, indeed more than double the amount. There was one fewer five-star book, but in terms of overall quality, I would say 2020 was a better year for reading.

Genres Read

Crime: 6
Mystery: 11
Thriller: 12
Young Adult: 6
Fantasy: 8
Historical Fiction: 13
General Fiction: 4
Dystopian Fiction: 1
Science Fiction: 1
Mythological Fiction: 1
Middle grade: 2
Non-fiction: 1

Sadly I read no classics this year or found time for more non-fiction. However, I have still taken in a very wide range including an increase in historical fiction and fantasy.

I find that certain genres overlap, for example some of the books I have included in the mystery or thriller categories are aimed more towards a young adult audience. I have just chosen the genre that I feel each book applies to the most 🙂

Standalone: 46
Series: 20

Pages read: 25,041
Average length: 379 pages
Shortest book read: Calico Thunder Rides Again by T.A. Hernandez (For BBNYA)
Longest book read: The Devil And The Dark Water by Stuart Turton
Books written by BAME authors: 11
Books with LGBTQIA+ representation: 16
Buddy reads: 13

In the last few months I have been buddy reading very frequently, sometimes with two books at once! That represents a sharp rise, and the average number of pages read is up slightly from 375 in 2019. I have also made progress in my long-term goal of reading more diversely, but these numbers confirm to me that I still have more improving to do in this area. There are lots more diverse books on my TBR, so I aim to pick lots of them up in 2021.

How did you get on with your reading challenge? Do you have any interesting reading stats from 2020? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading in 2021 🙂


52 thoughts on “Goodreads Challenge 2020 Summary and Stats

  1. Loving those insights and stats! Congrats on reaching your reading goal. It’s amazing how being a part of the bookish community enhances our reading goals and choices. Good luck with your goals in 2021!

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  2. Nice post stephen, even though i didn’t reach my own goal (100 books) i still did well with 83 books considering i fell into a 2 months slump T.T
    my 2021 goal is also the same (100 books) and hopefully i can reach it if it keeps going like this ^^
    being on tours really helped a lot with forcing me to read ^^
    hope we both reach our own goals together ^^
    happy new year

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  3. Congrats on meeting your reading challenge and having a good reading year, Stephen!! I think my most common rating in 2020 was 3 stars too, which isn’t a bad rating for me, but I would like to enjoy the books I’m reading more :”) I think that in 2021 I’m going to set a smaller reading goal than 100, probably also 52 like you bc I really stressed myself out trying to meet that goal. Here’s to an even better reading year for us <33

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  4. Happy New Year 🥳 and congratulations on reading 66 books that’s amazing 🤩
    I’m so glad that you has a good reading year and I hope 2021 is even better for your
    The reading stat that surprised me the post was my average rating which came out to be 4.5 stars but in retrospect given how books I reread in 2020 it does makes sense
    Have a great day and happy reading 😊

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  5. Happy New Year Stephen!! Congrats on surpassing your Goodreads goal 🥳🥳 I loved seeing all your numbers for 2020, it’s making me regret that I didn’t keep better track of my own stats! 😅

    I hope 2021 will be an even better reading year for all of us! Great post ❤️

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  6. Great stats and congrats on a record reading year.

    I read more in 2020 than ever before too and really valued the extra quiet time to immerse in my reading. I read about 80 books and 70% were fiction, so I probably read as much fiction as ever, but I read a lot more nonfiction as a result of the overall increase.

    I read books from 34 different countries, a third of which were in translation. I still read too many from the US, I prefer not to have one country dominate so, but it’s challenging to find the balance while also maintaining the freedom to read what I please.

    Looking forward to what 2021 brings and following your reading journey too! Happy Reading.

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  7. Well done on reaching your goal and on such a diverse range in genres! I just about reached my goal of 55 on New Year’s Eve but hope to read more this year so have raised my goal to 60 books!

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  8. Omg, you did so well Stephen, hope 2021 is just as good!! Yay for having at least a lot of 4-star reads, my 2020 was not so positive, unfortunately. My stats used to be filled with tons of 5 stars, but not so much last year. Which may be a good thing actually, I’m being more critical?? Anwyays, also yay for more buddy reads, I want to do more of those this year. We should totally do one btw *wink wink*

    Such a fun post xoxo

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    1. Thank you so much, Ruby! I’ve definitely become more critical over time, but was lucky to read lots of really good books last year. I hope your 2021 is filled with 4- and 5 star reads!

      And yes, I would LOVE to do a buddy read with you one day ❤

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