2020 Reading Wrap-up and Goals for 2021

2020 has come to an end and it’s time for a new beginning. With cautious optimism that this year might turn out to be better, I’m excited to wrap up my reading and blogging for the previous year and make some goals for 2021. If you like seeing lots of colorful pie charts, buckle up because this is gonna be a long post….

Reading Challenges Wrap-up

(You can click on each challenge title links to see all the books I read)

Goodreads Reading Challenge – 200/130 (This obviously went pretty well)

Start on Your Shelfathon – 23/25 (I obviously didn’t hit my target, but hopefully I will do better in the new year.)

South Asian Reading Challenge – 31 ( This could have been better but there wasn’t much I could do in between my reading slumps.)

Armed With a Bingo – 24/24 (I finished this in the first quarter itself.)

PopSugar Reading Challenge – 39/40 (I just couldn’t make myself read a Medical Thriller to finish off the challenge)

Reading Goals

Read more Sci-fi and increase Non Fiction to 20%

I managed to read a lot of sci-fi (I promise you, 13% is a lot for me lol) but I couldn’t manage to reach my goal in the non-fiction genre. But I am satisfied with the Non Fiction books I did read, because they were all very informative and thought provoking.

More than 40% ownvoices books

I am very happy that I was able to diversify my reading and pick up more #ownvoices books.

Atleast 30% backlist books

This is one case where I have succeeded quite well, and I am actually surprised that I managed to read so many backlist books.

Around 15% books with >500 page count

This was an year of short stories and novellas for me, because I was in such a bad slump and they were my only respite. So, unfortunately I am nowhere near my goal of reading big tomes. Let’s see how the next year goes.

20 Backlist books to read in 2020

I abandoned this quite a while ago because I just couldn’t stick to any set TBR. And I don’t think I will be making any such plans for 2021.

Blogging Goals

The overall high review percentage is not surprising at all, but it’s much more prominent because I mostly stopped writing all other kinds of posts in the latter half of the year.

Other Fun Statistics

This is how my reading has gone down (literally) this year. June was a horrible slumpy month for me and it did pick up a little after, but I never felt completely lost in books much after that. Hopefully the new year will bring back the joy in reading for me.

This is a very surprising statistic for me because I never thought I will listen to so many audiobooks. But this year was a gamechanger in terms of the formats I learnt to enjoy and it’s been a revelation.

I honestly didn’t think I would read so many books by male authors, but I guess the balance isn’t too bad. And I’m glad for the number of Transgender/Non Binary authors I’ve read but I definitely would love to read many more of their works.

As I mentioned above, I read a substantial number of novellas and short stories, and they have been some of my favorite reads of the year. And I would definitely like to continue reading them in the new year too.

I would have liked this percentage to have been so much more but I am also an impulse buyer, so my owned TBR kept increasing throughout the year. Let’s see if I can cut it down more in 2021.

This is my favorite stat because it shows I am very good at choosing the books I will potentially love, and am also happy that I don’t have to write a lot of negative reviews or DNF many books.

It’s not a surprise that I read more of the Big 5 books because genuinely do enjoy them. Let’s see if I can increase my self-published numbers though.

Goodreads Challenge

I think I am gonna stick to my 130 goal for this year as well, even though I know I will probably manage to read more. What can I say… I love seeing my percentage to be more than 100 🙂

Blogging Goals

To be honest, I don’t know if I wanna make any blogging goals except to try and follow a set schedule. I dont know if I am in the mood to chase numbers anymore, either views or followers.

Other Reading Challenges and Goals

Read 30-35% books from my Owned TBR.

Maybe I was a bit too ambitious last year, so I will try for 15% each for non fiction and sci-fi this year.

Read more books by Trans/Enby authors.

I haven’t yet decided if I will participate in any yearly challenges, but I will continue to try to read more Asian/South Asian authors.

And that’s it for closing out my 2020 reading year and making plans for 2021. What have you decided to do differently this year? Are you participating in any challenges? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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  1. Ah, such beautiful pie charts! 😍 I didn’t buy books at all this year, so my owned books TBR pretty much stayed the same in 2020. I think my goals would be to branch out with my content and just put more conscious thought into what I create. Good luck for 2021, Sahi! ♥️

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    1. I can’t control myself when there are sales Dini 😜😜but I am gonna be very conscious from now on and read the ones I do have.
      Your branching out idea seems amazing. I want to do stuff too, but it feels like my brain is mush. I don’t get any ideas anymore 😬😬😬
      But good luck to you too !!!!! Can’t wait to see what all you come up with.

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  2. Ha, I understand about reading goals that don’t pan out! Ironically, reading my backlist is one I’ve managed to do okay with in the last few years! Love seeing your stats – glad audiobooks are working out for you!

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  3. Wow! You’re certainly a lady of the numbers! The NASA would have loved to hire you for Hidden Figures team 👍
    Do you have a huge Excel with all the details, or how do you generate this?

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    1. Haha thank you !!! It’s just fun…
      Actually a couple of other bloggers make templates every year with all the graphs and formulae… so I just fill up the excel with every book I read. They do all the important work 😊😊😊

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  4. Wow Sahi! I’m always impressed with your stats and goals! I’m just drafting my 2021 goals post, so you’ll know in a few days what mine are and how I fared with my 2020 goals lol

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