Hello 2020! Ah, I can’t believe 2019 is now behind us all and here comes the new year. Also, my blog is turning a year old in 2 days! Still can’t wrap my head around the thought that it’s been almost a year since I launched this blog and I definitely didn’t imagine time to fly by so quickly. But here we are so—cheers to a new year everyone! Now, I thought, to properly celebrate the beginning of 2020 I’ll be doing the lovely New Year Book Tag by Heather from Bookables.
I came across the video only last night and thought it would be fun to answer the questions and write a blog post about it! For a new year-themed post, I was originally planning to do a resolutions for 2020 blog post but this time I wanted to steer away from the mediocre, because I’m sure you’ve pretty much read so much about resolutions already I’m not about to give you another one, haha. Also I mean, what better way there is to celebrate the new year other than talk about books?
1. How many books are you planning to read in 2020?
I want to say 100 but let’s get realistic here. In 2019 I planned to read 40 books… and I read 8. It was a strange year for me because I just couldn’t seem to find anything that interested me enough. Or I don’t know if it was simply my lack of motivation to read that was speaking to me all year round. Because I remember in 2017, I was able to go over and beyond my goal of 30 books and actually read 40. And then I read less books in 2018, and 2019 was my worst case. This year, I want to get my head back in the game, though, and try to get to 30 books again. Hopefully more than that if I can.
2. Name 5 books that you didn’t get to this year but want to make a priority in 2020.
- The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt – I originally told myself I didn’t want to watch the movie adaptation unless I’ve already read the book. And until now, I’m stuck on the first part of the book and still haven’t seen the movie yet… I definitely need to catch up!
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – Slowly making progress on this one, we’ll eventually get there!
- Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain – Halfway through the book, almost there but not quite yet!
- If on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino – Okay, let’s be honest, I’m going to have to re-read and start over with this one. But I swear, I’m determined.
- Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke – It’s pretty short hence making it a super quick read! Can’t wait to finish reading this one.
3. What genre do you want to read more of?
Lately, I’ve been mixing my classic reads with literary fiction and it’s a genre I’m loving so far. I’m hoping to read specifically more of Donna Tartt, Margaret Atwood, and Gabriel García Márquez this year! One Hundred Years of Solitude by Márquez is definitely a part of TBR list for 2020.
4. Name 3 non-book related goals for 2020.
- Write more.
- Sleep more (seriously need to catch up on the Z’s).
- Pray more.
5. What’s a book you’ve had forever that you still need to read?
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens! I can’t even tell you the amount of times I attempted to pick this book up and read it. But I keep getting distracted by other titles! I’m wishing 2020 is finally the year I actually get to it.
6. One word that your hoping 2020 will be:
Serene. That is—not in a literal way, because stress is inevitable and I know not everything’s meant to go my way this year (or any year, actually). But serene in such a way that no matter what comes my way, whatever stress that may be, I hope to be able to approach things with a sense of calmness, and that I don’t worry too much about things that I know are out of my control. This year I’m hoping for that kind of serenity.
7. Tag a friend.
Anyone who wants to participate and do the tag! Please feel free to answer the questions on your respective blogs if you think this seems interesting.
And of course, cheers to 2020 everyone!