Another quarter in this hell that is 2020 has come to an end, and even though it has not been easy going, I’m actually excited to write this post because it means the year is closer to an end and I’m hoping that 2021 will be better. Reading has also not been easy these last few months, but I’m trying because it’s the only thing that’s keeping me sane. But ofcouse this means that I’m probably not doing that well on most of my goals and I have decided I am completely okay with it. So, let’s get started…
(You can click on each challenge title links to see all the books I read)
Goodreads Reading Challenge – 160/130 (This is obviously going pretty well)
Start on Your Shelfathon – 18/25 (I hope I can reach my target but even that is woefully low considering how many I buy.)
South Asian Reading Challenge – 29 ( This isn’t too bad considering I don’t have a target but I can always read more.)
Armed With a Bingo – 24/24 (I finished this in the first quarter itself.)
PopSugar Reading Challenge – 38/40 (I don’t know if I’m gonna try for the advance challenges but hopefully I will complete these 40.)
Read more Sci-fi and increase Non Fiction to 20%
Sci-fi reading is definitely going well and I am happy that I’m slowly getting comfortable with the genre. My nonfiction count is still not good enough but let’s see how I will fare towards the end of the year. I do have some great history books on the tbr and hope to get to them soon.
More than 40% ownvoices books
I am very happy that I am reading so many Ownvoices books (more than 60% is quite unexpected even for me), and I am even more happy that around 90% of my books have some form of diversity.
Atleast 30% backlist books
This has really come as a surprise. I am so obsessed with reading new releases usually that I decided to keep my target low, but managing more than 40% backlist books is kind of an achievement for me.
Around 15% books with >500 page count
This is definitely not happening. I have completely stopped trying to pick up any long books because I can’t keep my attention on them for that long. I guess this 4% will have to do for this year. Maybe 2021 will be better to catch up.
20 Backlist books to read in 2020
I have officially abandoned this challenge for the year. I can’t force myself to read books which I am currently in no mood for.
The review percentage has gone much higher in this quarter because I cut down on my blogging schedule and stopped writing any posts other than reviews and wrap ups. And I have no clue if I will start writing other kinds of posts soon.
Other Fun Statistics
Seems like I’m pretty much balanced between female POVs, ensemble casts and dual POVs…. all the kinds of perspectives I love to read. I don’t see this changing as the year goes by.
My majority Adult book reading continues and that tiny peek you are seeing is Children’s because I read exactly one kid’s book.
As you can see, this pandemic has made me gravitate towards short fiction and that’s why I have a significant short story as well as novella count, and I’ve really enjoyed them a lot too. But I still majorly read novels and I don’t see that changing.
Not at all surprising that ebooks will always remain my favorite format, but my audiobook count is increasing and I am quite liking the format more and more everyday.
I’m only glad that I am reading books by authors outside the cis gender binary and hope to increase the percentage even more.
I am surprised that despite my focus issues, I have managed to keep up with atleast most of my ARCs and hope to continue this energy for the rest of the year.
This percentage doesn’t seem to be going much high because I keep buying more books whenever there is a sale. What can I say… I have impulse issues.
This is an interesting statistic. On surface, I’m definitely reading more ARCs and Library books. But getting into it a little deeper, I am also glad that I am utilizing my subscriptions as well as slightly keeping up with my purchases.
Nothing makes me more happy that seeing so many 4 star and above books among my reads this year. I like enjoying the books I pick up and don’t really like having to give less ratings.
Big 5 as always make up a major chunk of my reading, and despite whatever shenanighans Macmillan gets up to, I can’t deny that they also publish the kind of books I love and that’s why they always seem to be up ahead in the percentage.
Taking into account my reading slump and being unable to focus on big books, I think I am managing quite okay and writing this post has made me quite happy. I might be taking it slow, but it’s still progress and I hope it will continue for the rest of the year.
How has your reading been like for the past few months? Has life during the pandemic affected your reading adversely or changed your reading habits? Do share any other thoughts you have with me in the comments below..