End of Year Check In (2020)

Hello everyone! So it’s the end of the year, and I think I speak for many people when I say, thank goodness it will soon be over. I’m not expecting things to magically get better in 2021, but I do feel a cautious sense of optimism that things might at least start getting better next year. Anyway, as I always do at the end of a year, I’m going to look back at the goals I made at the beginning of the year and see how I did with them:

  1. Complete My Goodreads Challenge-SUCCESS

Okay, so technically at the time of writing this I still have one book to go, but I only have about 20 pages left of my last book of 2020 (very poetic), so by the time the 2021 rolls around, I will have finished, so I’m counting it as success early! I started off with a challenge of 24 books at the beginning of the year and by the end, I will have read 45, so I think we can count this as an extremely successful reading year (in fact my best ever).

2. Complete My #RockMyTBR Challenge-SUCCESS

Okay, so I didn’t actually make all 12 books this year, in fact I’ll be finishing on 10 but I’m not going to count that as a failure, because it’s 2020 and calling yourself a failure for missing 2 books from your challenge list seems overly harsh!

3. Finish the first draft of either This Is Not A Love Story sequel or Underground Magicians-FAIL

Okay so yeah….this one didn’t quite go to plan. I had the best of intentions when I made this goal at the beginning of 2020, but I obviously did not predict the whole global pandemic thing and my creativity just kind of lapsed through the year. I did get back to writing with edits to This Is Not A Love Story over the summer though, so this year hasn’t been a total waste writing wise and hopefully I’ll be able to get back to these drafts next year.

4. Read more adult fiction-SUCCESS

I ended this year with 7 adult books, both fiction and non-fiction and I think that’s pretty good, last year I think I did about 6, so it’s slightly up on that. I still read majority YA, but since that’s what I most like to read, I don’t really mind that (and I really needed the YA escapism this year!).

5. Read more books by authors of colour-SUCCESS (but can always do more)

My final count on this was 11, which is much better than last year and about a quarter of my total reads of the year, but I always want to be able to do better on this, because I feel like there’s always more you can do to make your reading more diverse, so next year I definitely want to be seeking out even more authors of colour to read (especially as several of the books I read by POC this year were among my favourites of the year: Cinderella Is Dead, The Gilded Wolves, A Song of Wraiths and Ruin and Night Spinner).

6. Catch up on 2019 releases-SUCCESS

I actually only read 5 of my initial list of 10 2019 releases that I missed out on, but I read another 8 2019 releases that weren’t on that list, so in the end I caught up with 13 2019 releases which I feel like is probably the best I’ve ever done!

7. Get Netgalley ratio up to 80%-FAIL

Not only did I not get up to 80%, my Netgalley ratio is actually lower than it was at the beginning of the year *cries softly in a corner*. I had a last minute requesting spree this month and got approved for A LOT, so that kind of knocked my ratio back.

8. Buy less physical books/do another unhaul-SUCCESS

I definitely acquired fewer books this year than I have in previous years, mostly due to not being able to go into bookshops for a large portion of the year. I mean don’t get me wrong, I still acquired quite a few new books, but there were definitely months this year where I didn’t get any books at all, so I’m counting this one as a success.

9. Tackle some of the 500+ page books on my TBR-SUCCESS

Of the books I read this year, 7 of them were 500+ pages and I have an eighth still in progress, so all in all, that’s pretty good going for a girl who tends to avoid long books! I definitely chose to tackle a lot of longer books in audio form this year, which seems to work well for me, so I think that’s definitely something I’m going to consider going forward, especially as big books take up a lot of space on my bookshelf!

10. Read more new to me authors-SUCCESS

I’m super proud of how well I did on this one this year, out of 45 books, 20 of them were from authors that were new to me this year, which is really great! I also found several that I definitely want to read more from next year, which is always what you want when reading new authors.

So there we go, that’s how I did on my 2020 goals, 8 out of 10 were successful and honestly for a year like 2020? I will TAKE THAT. How did you guys do on your 2020 goals if you made any? I realise that this has been a disaster year for everyone, so definitely don’t be too hard on yourself if you didn’t get to all the goals you made in January. You survived, and that is honestly enough! Do you have any plans for goals for 2021? Let me know in the comments!

That was my last post of 2020! I hope you guys have a good New Year’s Eve, however you’re seeing it in, and I will be back with my first post of 2021 over the weekend, which will be my review of Good Omens! I’m also hoping to get my final #RockMyTBR posts of the year over the next week (I fully did intend to have my November/December update up before 2020 was over, but I still had a book to finish so it will just have to carry over to next year now!).

4 thoughts on “End of Year Check In (2020)

  1. evelynreads1 01/01/2021 / 11:11 am

    Looks like you did really well on your goals! Hopefully 2021 is just as succesfull!


    • iloveheartlandx 01/01/2021 / 8:04 pm

      Ah thank you, it’s been a tough year so I was just glad to have done well at something tbh! I hope so too, my 2021 goals will be up in a couple of weeks as part of a TTT topic.

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