January TBR & Announcing 2020 Reading & Blogging Goals

Good morning, Readers! Today I’m sharing my reading goals for the year, as well as what I hope to read this month. I’ve set up a landing page to keep track of what I read in 2020 here: 2020 Reading Challenge. I’m also using a book journal for the first time this year! My best friend gave me a fabulous one for my birthday last month, and it has lots of prompts for writing book reviews and questions to ask myself while rating books. I’m not sure if I will record every single book in it, but it promises to be a beneficial (and fun!) tool when I do have the opportunity to sit down with it after finishing a book.

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2020 Reading Goals & Personal Reading Challenge

I’m doing things a little differently this year. Nothing drastic; I’m just setting myself some additional deadlines for some of my goals, so that in the latter part of the year I am not overloaded with specific self-imposed reading requirements. I did this on a very small scale with Christmas books in 2019, so I hope that applying it to everything I read in 2020 will be beneficial and not too difficult.

A large part of why I’m organizing my goals this way has to do with what I’ve referred to as my “Secret Project” in recent posts. I am so excited to finally share this with y’all: I am going to grad school this year!! I had been planning and working towards this for several month, but I didn’t want to say anything until it was official. As of last week, it is! I have formally been admitted to the oldest Library Science program in the nation. Thankfully, it’s a blended distance program, so I get to keep working full time at my library while taking classes online and doing a couple of weekend trips for the face-to-face aspect. Because of this, I want to have most of my just-for-me reading done by the end of the summer. I am not sure how much going back to school will affect this blog; I was working on my Bachelor’s degree when I started my first blog, and I managed to keep up with it, if somewhat inconsistently. I have already decided that, at least for the first semester, I will not accept ARCs from authors I don’t already have a relationship with. Since I don’t know how much time I will have for extracurricular reading, I’m going to protect myself from taking on too much now. I don’t need that kind of stress. If you have any tips on balancing  working full time, going to school full time, and life, please share!! Also, I would love to hear any recommendations for books to read to prepare for grad school, or any other info or tips you might have about anything related to this!

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Without further ado, here are my

2020 Reading Goals

  • Goodreads Goal: 60 books
    • 45+ read by the end of July
  • A book set on every continent
    • Have 6 read by before August by reading 1 on a different continent every other month
  • 10+ books set in foreign countries
    • Approximately two per month until complete. Ideally this will be finished by June, but I am not setting this as a hard deadline
  • 15+ books set in different U.S. states
    • This should work itself out without much intervention. Have at least 7 read before August.
  • Prioritize classics and books featuring characters with diverse and under-represented experiences 
    • There is no numerical goal or deadline for this aspect, it is just something that I want to keep in mind when choosing what to read this year.
  • 12 nonfiction books
    • 3 of these should be on topics I used to care about but don’t think about much anymore
      • Books on Christianity, gardening, or library science do not count towards these three as they are topics I still seek out on a regular basis. The point of this goal is to revisit subjects that I no longer prioritize but might still enjoy. Examples of topics which will count include animals, wildlife conservation, interior design, astronomy, impressionist art, music history, or places I might like to visit such as Ireland
      • Read these 3 by July, meaning one approximately in January, April, and July
    • 1 nonfiction book should be about budgeting or personal finance
      • This also needs to be done before August
    • This balances out to about one nonfiction book per month
  • 12 Christmas books
    • One per month for January to April, take a break for May to August, two per month for September to December. Write a review for each but save them to post for 12 days of Christmas.

January TBR

Somehow I managed to get completely caught up on the ARCs I committed to read in 2019, and I don’t have any with deadlines in January, which leaves me with much more freedom to choose what I want to read this month than I usually have! Making this TBR was actually a bit of a struggle because I have so many choices.

  • Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
    • This is one I had hoped to read in 2019 and didn’t get to, so I’m looking forward to reading it this time around. This counts towards my general nonfiction goal and as a recent classic.
  • Castle of Concrete by Katia Rains
    • This is a book I received last year from a Goodreads giveaway and haven’t gotten to read yet. I’m very excited for it!
  • Redemption (MILA 2.0 #3) by Debra Driza
    • I really hope this is the last book in this series. I love the premise, but actually reading the books has turned into a bit of a chore.
  • Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett
    • This looks so cute! I hope it lives up to my expectations.
  • Lilac Girls (Lilac Girls #1) by Martha Kelly
    • WW2 fiction is one of my favorite genres. I’m not entirely sure why, I just really enjoy reading books set in this time period. This one has been on my radar since it came out in 2016, and I am eager to finally read it!
  • Another nonfiction book, chosen spontaneously.

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My reading this month contains several books that I have wanted to read for a long time. I’m especially excited about Lilac Girls and Serious Moonlight. This will probably be a slow month for reviews; I am caught up on author requests, and I pushed so hard to complete my 2019 goals that I didn’t spend as much time preparing for January as I would have liked.

What are your goals for January?

Until the next chapter,


4 thoughts on “January TBR & Announcing 2020 Reading & Blogging Goals

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  1. Congratulations on your place, you wll love getting back to studying. I did my degree long distant in my late 30s-40s, whilst raising three boys, with a dog, a cat and two guinea pigs, three part time jobs and studying for work. It just takes planning and prioritising skills, and being ruthless about time! Good luck, you can do this.
    As to reading goals- read through pile of 7 books from the library, then start on my reading challenge this year to read authors across Europe.

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    1. Thank you for your encouraging words! I’m really looking forward to it, and I hope my time management skills are adequate. Good luck with your reading goals!


  2. It sounds like you have things all figured out Jana! I’m excited to hear that you have a lot of goals set for yourself and I can say that you should be able to figure what it is you need to do in order to get all the things done. And I seem to be reading more nonfiction books this year as well, which isn’t something I normally do.

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