Reading Goals for 2021

Reading Goals for 2021

Reading Goals for 2021

Happy New Year!

I’m keeping my reading goals for 2021 simple. Two goals.

  1. Read books on my TBR list.
  2. Participate in reading challenges.

Clear the TBR

In the past, I focused on reading books that I already own and catching up on series. This year, I simply want to reduce the number of books on my to-read list.

Over the past month, I’ve gone over my “want to read” shelf on Goodreads. That list includes books I own, books in series, and any other book that has caught my eye. Instead of tracking owned books and series read separately, I’ll just track the overall number of books read.


Reading Challenges

I like reading challenges, so I plan to continue doing those this year. For yearly challenges, I plan to do three – PopSugar, Mystery Genre Bingo, and Give Me a Clue.

PopSugar is a challenge I enjoy every year. This year’s challenge has 50 prompts, and I plan to do each one.

Mystery Genre Bingo is an altered version of the Genre Bingo challenge I’ve done in previous years. Instead of a variety of genres, I switched it up to be all mysteries – cozy, noir, domestic suspense, legal thriller, etc. Since most of the books on my TBR are mysteries and thrillers, I thought this would work better with my 2021 reading goals. My goal is to read 25 books for this challenge.

Give Us a Clue is a challenge posted in a Goodreads group – 2021 Reading Challenge. This challenge is based on the board game Clue. So, the prompts are based on the suspects, weapons, and rooms in the game. It’s a new challenge, and sounds fun. My goal is to read 30 books for this challenge.

In addition to the yearly challenges, I hope to participate in more monthly challenges. I’ll decide on these challenges throughout the year, but I’d like to do 6-8 short challenges.


Those are my reading goals for 2021. Cheers to the New Year! Wishing you a year of good books and success with your reading goals. Happy reading!

2020 Yearly Wrap-Up

2020 Reading Wrap-Up

2020 Yearly Wrap-Up

Welcome to my 2020 Reading Wrap-Up!

Whew! We made it through 2020. My reading life didn’t go quite as planned this year. However, I did manage to (mostly) meet my goals. Fortunately, I had set lower goals than usual, but it was still a challenge to get them met.


YEARLY GOALS

1. Participate in reading challenges.
I did two yearly reading challenges (PopSugar and Genre Bingo). Early in the year I did a couple of monthly challenges. I had hoped to do more monthly challenges, but I wasn’t motivated enough to keep up with them.

2. Read more books that I own.
I read some books that I own, but not as many as I had hoped. Still, I made some headway reading the books on my shelves at home.

3. Catch up on book series.
I didn’t track this goal very well. Well… I didn’t track this at all. I did read a lot of books in series though, so I feel like I made some headway on this one.


READING CHALLENGES

Genre Bingo – 24/24 completed in July
PopSugar – 50/50 completed in September


STATS

I read 255 books in 2020! I had an average rating of 3.6, so I mostly enjoyed the books that I read.

My biggest reading months were April and November. My slowest reading months were August and September.

Books Read per Month

I primarily read fiction: 94% fiction and 6% nonfiction. I read 240 fiction books, and I favored adult novels (221 books) over young adult novels (34 books). For adult fiction, I heavily favored mysteries and thrillers (138 books). Other adult genres I read included contemporary (24 books), horror/fantasy/sci-fi (19 books), and women’s fiction/romance (14 books). For young adult fiction, I favored sci-fi and fantasy (24 books). I read 15 nonfiction books. Of those, most were biographies/memoirs (6 books) and self-help (4 books).

I wanted to catch up on some series reading in 2020. I read 91 books that were part of a series. Unfortunately, I didn’t track if I completed any series. I should track that next year.

As for book format, I read 177 books (print and digital) and listened to 78 books.

Format of Books Read

Most books I read were published after 2000. Of the 237 books published after 2000, 140 of those were published in 2020. Clearly, I focused on reading new releases.

My greatest sources for books were OverDrive, Netgalley/Edelweiss, and my own bookshelves.


That’s it for my 2020 Reading Wrap-Up. Hope you met your reading goals for 2020. Happy reading in 2021!

Reading Goals for 2020

Yearly Goals

Happy New Year!
New year. New reading goals.

1. Participate in reading challenges.
I’m planning on two yearly reading challenges. In the past, I’ve only done yearly challenges, but this year I want to incorporate more monthly or other short-term reading challenges.
· PopSugar
· Genre Bingo

2. Read more books that I own.
I have this goal every year, yet I continue to buy more and more books. Anyway, I normally don’t have a number goal to work toward, but this year I set one. I want to read at least 50 books that I own.

3. Catch up on book series.
I want to catch up on ongoing series and completed series.

Cheers to the New Year! Wishing you a year of good books and success with your reading goals. Happy reading!

2019 Reading Wrap-Up

Yearly Wrap-Up

I had a fantastic bookish year! I met my reading goals for the year and read a lot of great books. The breakdown of my reading stats is below.


YEARLY GOALS

1. Read more books that I own.
I read some books that I own, but not as many as I had hoped. Still, I made some headway reading the books on my shelves at home.

2. Read 350 books this year.
I exceeded my goal this year.

3. Participate in reading challenges.
My goal was 9 reading challenges, which was a lot. I completed all of them, but it was definitely a challenge.

4. Finish more book series.
I didn’t track this goal very well. Based on my notes, I completed 9 series and caught up on 21 series.

5. Post 5 days a week on the blog.
I managed to hit this goal for most of the year, but I didn’t attempt to post daily in November and December.


READING CHALLENGES

Goodreads – 412/350 for the year
Audiobook – 50/50 completed in July
Colors – 18/18 completed in June
Genre Bingo – 24/24 completed in July
Library Love – 60/60 completed in October
Modern Mrs. Darcy – 10/10 completed in May
Netgalley & Edelweiss – 50/50 completed in July
Popsugar – 50/50 completed in September
Read Harder – 24/24 completed in October


NETGALLEY & EDELWEISS

Netgalley
Books Reviewed in 2019: 64
Books Reviewed All Time: 163
Book Approved All Time: 175
Feedback Ratio: 93%

Edelweiss
Books Reviewed in 2019: 28
Books Reviewed All Time: 37
Books Approved All Time: 52
Feedback Ratio: 71%


STATS

· adult books: 369
· young adult books: 43
· middle grade books: 56
· children’s books: 120
· graphic novels: 39
· novellas: 18

For the stats below, I’m only looking at the 412 books that fell under the adult and young adult categories.

I read a lot this year… most months I read at least 30 books. My biggest reading months were September and October. My slowest reading months were November and December.

I primarily read fiction: 96% fiction and 4% nonfiction. I read 396 fiction books, and I favored adult novels (353 books) over young adult novels (43 books). For adult fiction, I heavily favored mysteries and thrillers (237 books). Other adult genres I read included sci-fi and fantasy (32 books), romance (22 books), horror (19 books), and contemporary (18 books). For young adult fiction, I favored sci-fi and fantasy (27 books). I read 16 nonfiction books. Of those, most were biographies and memoirs (9 books).

I tried to catch up on some series reading in 2019, and did pretty well with it. I read 192 books that were part of a series.

I also tried to read more debut novels. Some novels were new releases and some were debut novels by authors I had read before. I read 53 debut books.

As for book format, I read 225 books (print and digital) and listened to 187 books.

Chart of the format of book read

I mostly read books between 300-399 pages in length. I didn’t read too many long novels, but I did get some checked off my reading list.

Chart of page length of book read

Most books I read were published after 2000. Of the 372 books published after 2000, 160 of those were published in 2019. Clearly, I focused on reading new releases.

Chart of publication years of book read

My greatest sources for books were OverDrive, Netgalley/Edelweiss, Kindle, and the library.

Chart of sources of book read


That wraps up my reading stats for 2019. My reading goals for 2020 will be posted tomorrow, January 1.

2019 Mid-Year Update

Mid-Year Update

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Since we are halfway into 2019, I thought it was a good time to evaluate my reading goals. I have met some goals and am lagging on others, but, overall, I’m happy with how my reading has gone this year.


MID-YEAR STATS

BOOKS READ
Includes adult and YA books.
· print – 43
· ebooks – 72
· audiobooks – 102

READING CHALLENGES
· Goodreads 217/350
· Audiobook 49/60
· Colors 18/18 – Completed in June 2019.
· Genre Bingo 23/24
· Library Love 20/60
· Modern Mrs. Darcy 10/10 – Completed in May 2019.
· Netgalley & Edelweiss 40/50
· Popsugar 40/50
· Read Harder 11/24

YEARLY GOALS
1. Read more print books that I own. – 14. I should focus more on this goal.
2. Read 350 books this year. – So far, so good. 217/350
3. Participate in reading challenges. – I’ve finished 2 challenges. Making headway on the others.
4. Finish more book series. – 15 series caught up or completed.
5. Post 5 days a week on the blog. – I missed a few weekdays this year, but I’ve mostly been meeting this goal.

BLOG POSTS
I’ve been consistent with posts this year. Each week I’ve participated in Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and posted a weekly wrap-up on Friday. I’ve been posting reviews on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. The monthly recaps are posted on the last day of the month.
· Book Reviews – 96
· Top Ten Tuesdays – 26
· Weekly Wrap-Ups – 26
· Monthly Recaps – 6
· Other – 2


TOP 10 BOOKS READ AND REVIEWED IN FIRST HALF OF THE YEAR

1. Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
2. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
3. A Beautiful Corpse by Christi Daugherty
4. Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson
5. My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
6. Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle
7. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
8. Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward
9. The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
10. Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine


Thanks for stopping by Nightcap Books. Happy Reading!

Reading Goals for 2019

Yearly Goals

New year. New reading goals. I’m listing five bookish goals I’m working toward in 2019. Basically, I want to read a lot of books.

Read more books that I own.
My main goal for this year is to read what I already own. Of course, I will continue to read new releases and ARCs, but I own hundreds of books I haven’t read *hangs head in shame*, and I want to significantly reduce that number.

Read 350 books this year.
I want to read at least 350 books this year. That number includes adult and young adult print books, ebooks, and audiobooks. It does not include children’s, middle grade, graphic novels, or novellas.

Participate in reading challenges.
I’m participating in 9 reading challenges this year. The Goodreads challenge includes the total number of books I hope to read in 2019, but the other challenges will not have any crossover. Meaning, if I listen to an audiobook for the PopSugar challenge, I’ll count it for the PopSugar and Goodreads challenges but not the Audiobook Challenge.
· Goodreads – 350 books
· Audiobook – 50 books
· Colors – 18 books
· Genre Bingo – 24 books
· Library Love – 60 books
· Modern Mrs. Darcy – 10 books
· Netgalley & Edelweiss – 50 books
· PopSugar 50 books
· Read Harder – 24 books

Finish more book series.
Two things here:
1. Series that have ended and I want to finish.
2. Ongoing series that I want to get caught up on.

Post 5 days a week on the blog.
As for blogging goals, I’m going back to only posting Monday-Friday. I had started posting on weekends, but it became too time consuming. For the most part, my posts will be book reviews (Mon, Wed, Thu), Top Ten Tuesdays (Tue), and Weekly Wrap-Ups (Fri).

Cheers to the New Year! Wishing you a year of good books and success with your reading goals. Happy reading!

2018 Reading Wrap-Up

Yearly Wrap-Up

I had a fantastic bookish year! I started this blog and got more involved with the online book community. It’s been great connecting with other readers and book bloggers.

This year, I read more than expected… this was mainly due to a big jump in the number of audiobooks I listened to. According to Goodreads, my average rating was 3.6, so it looks like I enjoyed most of what I read. Tomorrow I will post my top ten books read in 2018. The breakdown of my other reading stats is below.

READING CHALLENGES

Goodreads – Read 467/450. For this challenge, I counted adult and YA books, ebooks, and audiobooks.
Popsugar – Read 50/50. Finished in October.
A – Z – Read 26/26. Finished in in May.
Colors – Read 15/15. Finished in October.
Genre Bingo – Read 24/24. Finished in June.
Modern Mrs. Darcy – Read 12/12. Finished in July.
Read Harder – Read 24/24. Finished in July.
Gilmore Girls – I finally finished reading the books in this challenge. I’ve now read all the books mentioned in seasons 1-7 of Gilmore Girls. Maybe next year I can finish reading the books from the miniseries.
Book Riot’s 100 Must-Read Hilarious Books – My goal was to read 35 books from this list, and that didn’t happen. I ended up reading 20 books. I stopped working on this goal during the year, so I’m not too upset that I didn’t read as many as planned.
Book Riot’s 100 Must-Read Books About Monsters – Like the above mentioned list, I had hoped to read 35 books. Again, that didn’t happen. I read 21 books from this list. And, again, I had stopped working toward this goal during in the year.

NETGALLEY & EDELWEISS

I joined Netgalley in 2017, but I signed up for Edelweiss in 2018. My goal for 2018 was to get my number of books reviewed on Netgalley up to 100, and I just barely made that happen. As for Edelweiss, I just wanted to sign up and read a few books. I plan to start reading more ARCs from there next year.

Netgalley
Books Approved: 107
Books Reviewed: 100
Feedback Ratio: 93%

Edelweiss
Books Approved: 12
Books Reviewed: 6
Feedback Ratio: 50%

STATS

Below is a breakdown of my reading habits in 2018:

· adult books: 391
· young adult books: 76
· children’s books: 242
· middle grade books: 50
· graphic novels: 35
· novellas: 55

For the stats below, I’m only looking at the 467 books that fell into the adult and young adult categories.

I primarily read fiction: 10% nonfiction and 90% fiction. I read 48 nonfiction books. Of those, most were biographies and memoirs (20 books), self-help (11 books), and history (8 books). I read 419 fiction books, and I favored adult novels (345 books) over young adult novels (74 books). For adult fiction, I heavily favored mysteries and thrillers (219 books). Other adult genres I read included contemporary (35 books), sci-fi and fantasy (27 books), horror (25 books), and historical fiction (15 books). For young adult fiction, I favored sci-fi and fantasy (51 books), and most of that was fantasy (40 books).

I mostly read books written by authors from the US: 77% US and 23% other countries. I read 109 books by authors from other countries, most were from the UK (82 books). Since most books were originally written in English, only 14 (3%) of the books I read were translated from another language.

I preferred books written by female authors: 61% female and 39% male.

I don’t really prefer one book format over the others: 31% print, 34% ebooks, and 35% audiobooks. I do prefer reading over listening though.

Books less than 150 pages were included under novellas and not counted here. I mostly read books less than 400 pages in length.
· 150-299 pages: 140 (30%)
· 300-399 pages: 225 (48%)
· 400-499 pages: 67 (14%)
· > 500 pages: 35 (7%)

Most books I read were published after 2000:
· before 1800: 4 (1%)
· 1800-1899: 6 (1%)
· 1900-1999: 75 (16%)
· 2000-2019: 382 (82%)

Of the 382 books published after 2000, 142 of those were published in 2018 or will be published in 2019. Clearly I focused on reading new releases.

My greatest sources for books were Netgalley/Edelweiss (17%), the library (26%), and overdrive (36%). The remaining books were received from authors or publishers (4%), purchased (9%), or received from other sources (8%). The other sources were mainly Amazon’s First Reads, Kindle Unlimited, Goodread’s Giveaways, and Penguin’s First to Read.

That wraps up my reading habits for 2018. I plan to do more reading challenges in 2019. I enjoy the challenges, and I’m super competitive, so I feel the need to finish all the challenges I start… which results in a lot of books being read. My reading goals for 2019 will be posted on Wednesday, January 2.

Reading Goals for 2018

Yearly Goals

Happy New Year!

I have several reading goals for 2018, but don’t plan on reading as much as last year. Of course, that could change.

READING CHALLENGES

Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge
I plan to read 250 books total. That includes adult, young adult, and middle grade books, but does not include children’s books.

Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge
I plan to do all 50 prompts that are on this year’s challenge.

A-Z Challenge
This is a new reading challenge for me. The idea is to read a book for each letter of the alphabet.

Color Challenge
This is another new reading challenge for me. This challenge has 15 prompts for reading books with different color covers.

Genre Bingo Challenge
Another new reading challenge for me. The idea of this one is to read the books on a book bingo card:

Genre Bingo

Modern Mrs. Darcy 2018 Reading Challenge
I plan on reading books for all 12 prompts on this year’s challenge.

Read Harder
I haven’t done this reading challenge before, but it looked like a fun one. There are 24 prompts on this challenge.

Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge
I hope to finish this reading challenge in 2018.

Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Hilarious Books
I want to continue reading books on this list. I don’t plan on finishing the list, but I would like to read at least 35 more books on this list.

Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Books About Monsters
Like the hilarious books, I plan to continue reading the books on this list. Again, I don’t plan on finishing the list, but another 35 books would be great.

That sums up my reading goals for 2018. It’s a lot, but I enjoy working on the different reading challenges, and since I tend to read a lot, I like to have a nice selection of challenges to choose from. I’ll be posting monthly updates on my reading, and I’ll do an individual post on each challenge to list all of the books that I’m reading.

As a nice surprise, I started 2018 off as the #1 top reviewer on Goodreads. Yay!!

Top reviewer on Goodreads