I ended up exceeding my 2019 GoodReads reading challenge goal by 7 books! I read 27 books — the most I’ve read in a year since I’ve been on GoodReads (2008). This year I decided to really go for it, and set my reading challenge goal for 30 books. I’m not a “super reader” by any means, but I sure do love to read. Here is my reading list of 30+ books to read in 2020!
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About my book picks for 2020
I’m quite the collector of books; not always so great at reading them all. So, to create this reading list, I first scoured my own bookshelf, Kindle, and audiobook downloads. I checked recommendations and ratings on GoodReads. I selected books from articles like, “10 Books About Race To Read Instead Of Asking A Person Of Color To Explain Things To You“, and from Barack Obama’s Favorite Books of 2019. Looking over this list of 30+ books to read in 2020, I see a theme of stories about people — the good, the bad, and the ugly. I’m looking forward to hearing their stories, learning more about them as well as myself.
Tips for reading a lot of books in a year
- Make time. Instead of binging Netflix so much, read stories that entertain you. Reading doesn’t have to be boring. Pick genres you’re interested in. Graphic novels, short stories, even children’s classics… these all count!
- Mix it up. I can’t read back to back tragedies. I need to throw in something light, like chick lit, every now and again.
- Listen to audiobooks! When I was packing and purging for our big move last summer, I listened to several books instead of music. You can listen to audiobooks during your commute, while doing chores. The only time I can’t listen is while writing, for obvious reasons.
- I used to only read one book at a time. Now I have a book on my Kindle to read in bed with the lights off, an audiobook, and a hardcover or paperback book going pretty much all the time. You just have to pick different genres so the stories don’t run together.
- Reading can be a cheap hobby, so let the books themselves inspire you to keep going! We have a library right next to our home but it’s currently under renovation. That’s a great place to start, to either check out books for free, or purchase inexpensive ones from the Friends of the Library bookstore (my favorite). There are tons of bulk bookstores. There are audiobook apps like Chirp that offer heavy discounts on books. Sign up with my link for 20% off your first order. I recently purchased over $80 in audiobooks for under $8!
- Join a book club! Talking about books can be really fun. It’s also a great way to socialize and meet new people. It can be a great way to support a local bookstore… by drumming up interest among your friends and purchasing your book club picks there. Libro.fm allows you to support your local bookshop by connecting the location to your account so that audiobook purchases benefit them as well. Get your first month free!