In 2020 I had a really good reading year with the quality of my books. I loved a lot of the books I read this year and I was only disappointed with a couple of them! In today’s post I am going to look at my reading stats, see how much I read and how far I was off my target for the year. I am also going to set some goals for 2021 and I am really excited to share these with you!
In 2020 my goal was to reach a target of 75 books. I did not manage this goal despite reading a lot all the way through the year. Altogether I read 62 out of the 75 books; this left me at 83% of my goal and 12 books behind target. Even though I did not read as much as I was hoping with my university work as well as the strange year we have had, I am really happy with getting to this many books.
I read a total of 24,240 pages across 62 books which makes my average length of book around 390 pages. I have read a few longer books this year so I expected this to be a little higher, but I have also read a few plays which may have bought this down a little. The shortest book I read this year was a play which was Sylvia Plath: A Dramatic Portrait by Barry Kyle and this was 92 pages long. The longest book I read was The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon which was 848 pages long.
I read a lot of popular books this year but the most popular book I read was The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins which I read as part of my Hunger Games re-read in the summer. The least popular book I read was again Sylvia Plath: A Dramatic Portrait which was only shelved by 19 people! My first book of the year was Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell which I gave a middle 3*. The book I read with the highest rating on Goodreads was Heartstopper Vol 2 by Alice Oesman which I adore. The series is so pure and deserves all the hype.
My average rating of books was a 4.1* and this is so high. In 2021 I want to try and reduce my ratings and keep 5* for books that I really, really love although this year I have loved so many books! I hope I have as good of reading this coming year which I am sure I will because I have some amazing books that I am planning to read!
For the new year I want to branch out a bit and read books that I don’t tend to get too that much but really enjoy. So I have thought of a few categories of books that I want to read more of within the new year and I have created six resolutions that I want to try and achieve this year. This past year I have really branched out of what I usually read, and I have really enjoyed the majority of what I have read.
Firstly, my book aim for this year is to read 75 books. I know I did not hit this target in 2020 but I got very close and I finish University in May which is going to give me a lot more opportunity to read a lot.
Resolution One – Read More Diverse/Rep Books
This is a goal I want to have every year. I really want to read more books that have more diverse characters and representation that you do not see in many books such as asexual characters and more Latina character especially. I think that I need to expand my reading to include books that include diverse characters as well as books that are set in different cultures so I can keep learning as much as I can. Some books I have read this year such as The Black Flamingo, On The Come Up and Wicked Fox which I loved all of them have a lot of representation in them and I cannot wait to read more this year. Some of the books that I would like to get to in 2021 are Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender, Cemetary Boys by Aiden Thomas and A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown.
Resolution Two – Read More Verse Books
In this past year I have discovered my love of verse books especially The Black Flamingo and Clap When You Land. I just find them so interesting and such powerful stories. It’s such an interesting format to read and I really want to expand the formats of books that I read this year rather than just sticking to the usual format of books. I don’t know of many verse books so if you have any reccomendations please leave them down below! Some of the books I have seen are Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga, The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo and Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam.
Resolution Three – Read More Greek Mythology Based Books
From when I was younger, I have always loved Greek Mythology and books surrounding it such as the Percy Jackson series. I am listening to a Greek mythology podcast at the minute (Lets Talk About Myths Baby on Spotify) which is just reminding me about how much I love mythology. I have a few books in mind for this resolution such as Circe and Son of Achilles by Madeline Miller, Persephone by Katlin Bevis and Orpheus Girl by Brynne Rebele-Henry.
Resolution Four – Read More Japanese Books/Manga
I love Japanese culture and want to read more Japanese translated books especially manga. Recently I have really got into anime and I have read a few manga’s in the past, but I really want to read more because it is one of my favourite formats to read. I really need some more recommendations though so if anyone has any that they love please leave them in the comments. A few I have my eye on are Horimiya, Tokyo Ghoul and Death Note.
Resolution Five – Read More Horror Books
This past year I have really explored my love of horror films and now I would like to explore my love of horror through reading. I have never really read any horror books apart from a few Stephen King books such as The Shinning, IT and Carrie. I would like to explore some more of Stephen King’s works but also some other horror writers. Some of the books I have my eye on is OUT by Natsuo Kirino, Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist and The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.
Resolution Six – Finish More Series
Finally, my biggest reading goal this year is to finish some of the many series I have started. There is so many where I just read the first book in the series and then forget to read the rest of them. I have got a blog post coming out soon which is book series that I need to finish which will discuss all of the series I have started but not yet finished. Some of the series that I definitely want to complete in 2021 are Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy, Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas and an Ember in the Ashes.
These are all my stats and resolutions for 2021. I can not wait to reflect on these resolutions at the end of this year and see if I completed them or not. Let me know in the comments if you have any reading resolutions this year and what they are. Thank you for reading and please follow down below if you enjoyed it!