Setting Goals: 2020 Bookish Resolutions

Happy New Year my bookish family – can you believe I’m coming to you in a brand new decade? Am I the only one who suddenly feels old???

I hope you all had a safe and festive season, especially to all my readers Down Under. As what can only be described as some of the worst bush fires in Australian history tear through our beautiful yet resilient country I hope you are all okay.

Today though, I would like to focus on the positive. This New Year feels a little extra special. I mean – it’s a new decade! WHOO HOO! That means a clean slate, a fresh start and a new chance to grow. Which means it’s time to talk about the elephant in the room; bookish resolutions!

My Bookish Resolutions at a Glimpse

☆ Relax my Goodreads Reading Challenge
☆ Weed My Bookshelf
☆ Read Back Listed Books
☆ Read More Classic Literature
☆ Tackle an Intimidating Book or Series

Relax my Goodreads Reading Challenge

last year I barely managed to scrap by with my reading challenge. I’ve sort of been disillusioned with the whole concept. Pushing yourself to read more is great but now I’m a full-fledged adult and it’s not working.

With that in mind, I’m setting a goal of reading 50 books. If I read more? Great! If not? No need to worry.

Weed my Bookshelf

Do my books spark joy in my life? Is there a series I know I won’t read? A book I hated? Then it’s time to say sayonara!

This year I’m going full Marie Kondo by weeding out my bookshelf. It might be hard but if I’ve left a book to gather dust it’s time to find a new home. The silver lining? I’ll have more room for new books and less cluttering. No clutter? No stress.

Read Back Listed Books

Here’s the thing – I probably buy more books than I read. I guess we all do. So, 2020 will be a year of back list reading. If a book has been collecting dust and I’ve made the decision to not weed it out then it needs to be read. Simple as that.

Read More Classic Literature

Confession: this is the third year I’ve recycled this resolution. Hey – we should all aim to be worldly! Each year I’ve pushed myself to read more classic literature, last year having read 5. This year I’m aiming to read 6 books. They can be re-reads or new reads – as long as it’s a certified classic.

Tackle an Intimidating Book or Series

We all have our dragons; the intimidatingly long books that sit on our TBRs, the ones we save for retirement. This year I’m slaying mine – one book at a time.

Last year I set myself a few books to aim for. Most of which I blatantly ignored. This time around I’m leaving it open to take the pressure off my mood reading self.

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Now that you’ve reached the end of my resolutions you might have noticed two things;

  1. I have cut my number of resolutions in half
  2. There is a re-occurring theme

That’s because, like my Goodreads challenge I’m working on taking the pressure off of 2020 by making the choice to ax unnecessary stress. This year I don’t want to get so caught up in blogging, reading and work – I want to get out and find adventure. To live my life. At the end of the day we only have one.

But don’t worry – I’m not going anywhere! I’m still here, sitting on the other side of your screen. I’m just making sure I get the most out of my 20s. Who knows? It might even inspire some creative posts?

Happy New Year from Reading By Starlight! What are some of your resolutions for the new decade? I would love to hear about them! Happy reading!


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