It’s clear that 2020 has been one hell of an interesting year so far, what with the world being on the verge of WWIII and consumed by a global pandemic in a matter of three months. With all the chaos, uncertainty, and fear going around, it can be difficult to focus on continuing life as ‘normally’ as possible. We all have our own way of coping during these times, but once again I find solace in the comfort of reading! We may be nearly halfway through 2020, but that doesn’t mean that my annual reading challenge can’t make a comeback, especially now. Here are the mini-goals I have set for my reading challenge this year!
It’s safe to say that The Mortal Instruments is one of the most popular young adult paranormal fantasy series ever. The six-book series boasts a mix of supernatural creatures, intense action, and a twisty plot, drawing millions of fans the world over (myself included). The first book in the series, City of Bones, tells the story of Clary Fray as she discovers that she is the descendant of Shadowhunters – a part-angel part-human race charged to protect the world from demons. We follow Clary as she delves deeper into the Shadowhunter world when searching for her missing mother, and see her uncover many secrets about her life in the process. I understand that the series may come across as cheesy to most, but I promise you that it is so much more than what it sounds. While I started the series after it was already completed, it has been one of the most fun reading experiences for me yet! I only have three books left in The Mortal Instruments to read and I would love to be able to make my way through all of them this year.
It’s a widely-known fact that I am a huge fan of Brandon Sanderson’s books (and just Brandon Sanderson in general, if I’m honest). To date, I have read five of his novels and was impressed by him a bit more each and every time. It’s not just the immersive fantasy and intricate magic systems that he creates in his worlds, but also the range of characters that he is able to craft. His characters are full of life and have so many nuances about them that render them truly unforgettable. Brandon Sanderson is one of my auto-buy authors and so I have quite a few of his books on my shelves patiently waiting to be read. I feel like I cannot end this year without having read at least two of these novels. His books are some of the most incredible I have read and I would love to explore more of what he has to offer!
The Black Lives Matter movement has completely taken over social media and news outlets around the world as of late, and rightly so. It has forced us to all take a harder look at ourselves and the role that we play (or not) in uplifting black voices. I am fully aware of the privilege I have to say that I do not understand the experience of black people at all. However, this does not mean that I shouldn’t be educated on these matters and thus more able to amplify black voices using my privileged position. Learning is a never-ending process in our lives and crucial to help us grow as individuals. It saddens me that my bookshelves are about 95% white authors because I understand the importance of reading about/from a different space than my own. I want to make a better effort in reading more from black authors this year and every year going forward. I’ve already found so many great books that I plan on reading as part of this mini-goal and I cannot wait to pick them up!
Oh, my Kindle! She is both the light of my life and the bane of my existence. I have a strange relationship with my Kindle – one moment, I’m obsessed, the next moment, I couldn’t be bothered reading an e-book. When it comes down to it, I just love the feeling of holding the book in my hands and turning the pages. I often go through long phases of reading only physical books and neglect my Kindle immensely. But I want to make a better effort of reading on my Kindle, especially since I have so many incredible books waiting for me there. One of the pros of a Kindle is that you can get pretty much any book you desire at the click of a button. For someone who often has to wait months after a book is released in the U.S. to receive it in my own country, this is a huge deal. Ultimately, I want to make sure that I read a minimum of two books on my Kindle by the end of the year because I really want to start embracing e-reading more.
Last, but certainly not least, I want to read a total of 35 books in 2020. Granted, at the time of writing this post, I have only read seven books, and odds are high that I might not be able to achieve this. However, I’ve been enjoying reading so much more than usual recently and am confident that this streak will continue! In the past, I have always set my target for total books to read for the year at around 30, but the most amount of books I’ve read in a year since using Goodreads to track my reading is 27. So, I feel that it is possible to reach 30, but I still want to push myself a bit. Even though it will be challenging to read 35 books this year, it will be so fun and interesting to read all of the amazing ideas, stories, and worlds that I’m looking forward to.
In the past, I would often get too ambitious when it came to deciding on my reading goals, always setting myself up for failure. I would aim to read 50 books a year without having broken into 30, or hoped to read an entire 10-book series from beginning to end when I could barely make it through the first book. But I think I’ve hit a healthy balance this time around! I’m passionate about these goals and know whole-heartedly that I’ll be able to achieve them. If you would like to follow my journey with these goals for the rest of the year, I will be keeping track of them here! Let me know if you have any books you think would fit into my goals and I’ll check them out!