Bookish Goals for 2020

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A new year calls for new reading goals!

My reading life really took a turn for the better in 2019. I learned so much about the bookish world, from #Bookstagram to book podcasts to Facebook group book clubs and so much more. All these resources really helped guide who I am as a reader, and I’m excited to start the year off fresh and with new goals.

Here is what I’d like to accomplish in my reading life for 2020:

Read 100 Books


I read 82 books last year. That number probably would have been even higher had I discovered I liked listening to audiobooks before May. Though this is a monetary goal, I’m also going to focus on quality and not be afraid to DNF a book I’m not enjoying (still a hard concept for me, but I will persevere). This number correlates with my reading goal on Goodreads, my favorite social media app for tracking books. Before 2019, my Goodreads yearly goals ranged from 12 to 24 books in a year. I’m planning to read over 4x that number, and have no doubt I will be able to make it. I’m always reading at least one physical book, one audiobook, and one ebook at any given time. I like being able to read in different formats, and this will help me reach my 100 book goal by the end of the year.


Read More Classics

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Oh, have I struggled with classics in the past. It’s the old-school language that always gets me. If the characters aren’t speaking in modern tongue, then I’m completely lost. But I want to read them! I think to rectify this problem I will try to listen to classics, such as Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre, on audio to see if I fare better that way. I’ve also signed up for the free Serial app, which lets you read classics in small chunks on a daily basis. I’ve started Peter Pan, and I’m enjoying reading it this way. The app makes the old-fashioned language easier to read by modernizing words when needed. And it connects right to Goodreads, which is a nice extra. I’m hoping to read at least one classic novel a month this year.


Devote More Time to the Blog and #Bookstagram


And by that, I mean stop spending so many mindless hours on my phone and laptop and actually use my devices to do something productive! I love writing and posting about what I’ve been reading, but I’m so bad about actually devoting time to it. I would also like to be more interactive on Instagram and not be afraid to converse with people. We’re all on #bookstagram for a reason – we love books! It’ll be nice to actually discuss books with people since no one I know in my personal life is as passionate about the topic as I am while sharing pictures of what I’m reading. So, stay tuned for more content from The Shelf.ish Life in the coming year!


Read What I Own

SH6XaD9wR3+RSeKBlar2nwI bought so many books last year. Some used, some new, but way more than I care to admit. I don’t mind borrowing audiobooks and ebooks from the library (although I do have a ton of owned ebooks I need to read, as well), but when it comes to physical copies of books,  I have more than enough to last me the year, and probably the next couple years, if I’m honest. I do subscribe to a couple book boxes, so I know I’ll be adding to my pile throughout the year, but no more buying 10 books at every book sale I come across… unless it’s a book I really want… or the price is right… or I see a book cover that’s calling my name… On second thought, collecting books is like making new friends.

I may have a problem.


Share your 2020 book goals in the comments!

September Book Intentions

IMG_2054It’s the start of a new month, and that means it’s time to set book intentions for the coming weeks.

I joined the Modern Mrs. Darcy Book Club in August, so this will be my first official read as a new member. Add that to the two Facebook book club groups I’m also a part of, and I have a lot of book club reading to do this month.

I also chose my Book of the Month pick that will add to my TBR pile. On top of the books I would like to read, it’s going to be quite a busy month.

My intentions might be optimistically high, however, as I’m starting a new full-time job the day after Labor Day. It’ll be interesting to see how I’ll be able to work my reading life around my job and motherly/wifely duties. This month will be dedicated to figuring out a new normal, that’s for sure.

Here is what I’m planning to read this month:

Modern Mrs. Darcy Book Club:

  • A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

Monthly Book Club (Facebook):

  • The Nightengale by Kristin Hannah

Read With Me Book Club (Facebook):

  • A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Book of the Month Pick:

  • Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur

Other Books I Want to Read This Month:

  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Educated by Tara Westover

Continued Readings:

  • City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

What are you hoping to read this month? Make sure to let me know in the comments!