Author's Note

TBR Check In: 2020 Goals

I thought it would be fun both to look back at what I thought I might achieve this time last year, and to set myself some new goals!

Hanging over everything is the query as to whether I will have much time for reading and reviewing after May. I’m going to be really lenient with my yearly goals, and much more focused on smaller, more achievable ones.

Goodreads Reading Challenge

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I absolutely smashed my goal of 365 books in 2019, finishing up with 450 for the year! I’m really proud of this, as I think it’s probably the most I’ve ever read (I didn’t start seriously tracking til April 2018, when I started this blog).

For 2020, I’m thinking 200 will be a fairly safe goal. It’s definitely not me at my reading best, but leaves me loads of time to chill out and not worry about anything. And if it turns out I can still read at my normal pace while looking after a baby, well – I can always move the goalposts up!

My Owned TBR

As of January 1st 2019, my TBR page had 395 books, and I wanted to cut it down by 20 books each month, leaving me with no more than 155. That was… optimistic? Laughable? As of today, my TBR’s sitting at 574, which means a total gain of 179 over the year. I’ve been making great progress getting this down (at one point it was approaching 650!), so I’d like to continue this. I did achieve my later goal of keeping the TBR under 600 by the end of the year.

Let’s aim to get it under 450 by the end of 2020. Since I’m pulling back from NetGalley and blog tours, I should have only review copies I’m extremely excited for, and I definitely won’t have much time or money for book shopping after the spring!

Blog Tours

I am semi-retiring from blog tours. I’m only going to take them if they are for authors or series I already know I adore. I find the pressure of knowing I need to write a positive review (or pull out) hugely influences the book while I’m reading it, which often ends up with me not allowing myself to just enjoy a book. I’d rather read without worrying and then review if I feel like it, as I feel it’s fairer to me and the book.

Kindle Unlimited

I want to read all 10 titles I currently have out with Kindle Unlimited, and then cancel my subscription – I have so many books to read that I really don’t need to pay for the privilege of keeping 10 more on my TBR! The books are:

  • The Horse Lord by Peter Morwood
  • The Complete Dukes of War collection by Erica Ridley (I only need to read two of these)
  • Cara’s Twelve by Chantel Seabrook
  • Fire Falling by Elise Kova
  • The Confectioner’s Coup by Claire Luana
  • Enchanting the King by ED Walker
  • Poseidon’s Academy and the Deadly Disease by Sarah A Vogler
  • Ruthless Magic by Megan Crewe
  • A Thief and a Gentlewoman by Clare Sager
  • Heartless by Anne Elizabeth Stengl

Hopefully I can do this before the March billing comes around!



When I started 2019, I had only 55 NetGalley books, and I wanted to halve them. What an innocent I was. After going nearly all the way up to 150, I’m on a downwards turn and currently sitting at 115. A few of these are read and just waiting to be reviewed (if I can remember what they’re about…). I’m currently at 71%.

Here’s my goal for 2020: completely clear the list by the end of May. Yep, have NO books on the list, and hit that elusive 100%. It’s gonna be tough. It’s going to need focus. But I think I can do it. This also relies on me not requesting new things, which I have been getting better at, but I’m definitely not perfect yet… The thing is, I prefer physical books so much that I might as well request physical ARCs, in order to prioritise them, or wait for the release date so there’s no time pressure.

Finish Series

I’ve shamelessly stolen this idea from Justine at I Should Read That, because I have so many series sitting around unfinished! I’d like to move on with all of these:

  • the Flavia Albia series by Lindsey Davis. I’m an enormous Falco fan and have read his 20 books multiple times, but I’ve gotten so behind on this spin-off series about his adopted daughter Albia. Currently I’ve only read 1/7 (with the 8th coming in July 2020).
  • The Chronicles of St Mary’s by Jodi Taylor. I love the first two books of these smart, fun time-travel romps, but I’ve never got further than that! 2/10 are read, with the 11th coming in April 2020, plus bucketloads of short stories and a spin-off series that already has one book out.
  • The Invisible Library series by Genevieve Cogman. These books are utterly fantastic, and I’ve been catching up in the last couple of months. I need to keep up to date. 4/6 are read, and 7 and 8 are coming but don’t currently have publication dates.
  • The Spellslinger series by Sebastien de Castell. Awesome Wild West-y magic that by all descriptions shouldn’t be my thing, but totally is. I’ve read 3/6 (but at least the series is finished, ready to be caught up with!).

Wish me luck! I’d love to see your goals, if you’ve done a post, or let me know in the comments what you’re hoping to read this year!


12 thoughts on “TBR Check In: 2020 Goals

  1. But of luck with your goals, they are great ones. I am going to attempt to get to 100% on Netgalley as well. I have a few read I need to review and I hate having them just sitting there over my head. I hope your 2020 is wonderful!

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  2. Happy New Year Asha, and best of luck with all your goals! I’m aiming for 120 again (even though I hit 175 last year), and I’d also like to read some more backlist. A Most Improper Magick is my 1st read of the year so I’m doing okay on that front so far, at least!

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  3. Good luck with all your goals. And congrats on reading 450 books in 2019 that is absolutely amazing. I agree with you about blog tour. it’s so easy to get caught up in them and feel stuck to write a positive review. I also try to only participate on the ones I’m really interested in or the ones I know the author already.

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