2020 in Review & 2021 Goals
Happy New Year, friends! 🥂 While rationally I know that things won’t magically improve with the turn of the calendar to 2021, it feels really liberating to leave 2020 and its suffering behind me. But before I skip into the sunset of 2021, it’s time for a 2020 in review post known as the adventure log!
This post will be a little long because I decided to do a combined post with my 2020 in review and 2021 goals. (As if I’m not always overly verbose.) But I’m really excited to look at all my delicious reading statistics and share what you can expect from Reader Voracious in 2021!
2020 in Review for Books
Let me tell you, I am so happy that I continued with my tradition of setting my Goodreads Reading Challenge at one book per week. I read a little more than half of books I read in 2019 (91), but you know… 2020.
I’m pretty proud of the number of books that I read considering that I spent so many months of 2020 incapable of focusing on reading. Seriously, look at the dip once the pandemic began in the United States!
I read a total of 18,627 pages and my average rating for books was 4.1! 😲 I love that I continue to get better at choosing books I’m likely to enjoy… and am DNFing books I don’t like. (Speaking of DNFs, there were 3 in 2020.) Check out the rest of my Year in Books on Goodreads!
We all know I like charts and data, so this wouldn’t be a wrap-up post without diving further into the numbers to see how it breaks down.
This chart’s results for 2020 is so interesting to me! I really did throw schedule to the wind in May where I started to focus more on mood reading. I love that backlist titles have the biggest piece of the pie at 31.8% of my reads! Of course now I have a small backlog of overdue ARCs (but not too many thanks to me already being pretty careful to not over-request), but no reader’s TBR will ever be finished.
I love reading science fiction & fantasy because it’s so immersive and works well for escapism. But the downside of reading SFF almost exclusively is a bit of genre burnout and in my case an increased number of reading slumps. SFF can be a lot to focus on, and 2020 was not the year for that. I’m excited to focus more energy to genre diversity in 2021.
It’s interesting because I overwhelmingly prefer YA science fiction & fantasy, but enjoy adult mysteries & thrillers. I used to read more adult when I wasn’t ignoring literary fiction in 2018, and I’d like to really mix this up in 2021.
That was my statistical look at my reading in 2020, especially the self-shame with the owned read vs. TBR pie chart at the end. I really need to stop buying books and not reading them. My favorite reads of 2020 will be released a little later in January.
📊 Like these charts? You can get these & more from my 2021 Ultimate Book Blogger / Reader Spreadsheet Template!
Reader Voracious in 2021
While 2020 was among the most difficult years of my life, one positive is the forced introspection. I put myself and my well-being first and that really led me to step back to evaluate what things that spark joy and determine things I can let go.
I love Reader Voracious and the little community we have here, and I’m excited to focus my energy in a more mindful way in 2021 and beyond. Here’s what you can expect:
⛰️ decreased post frequency: As my content’s evolved and I’ve found my blogging voice, my content has become more in-depth. (Remember when I posted five times a week for over a year? lolHOW) I’m also reading less frequently these days and don’t need to make so much space in my schedule. You can expect 1-2 posts per week in 2021; the Jazzies are extra content so you’ll get a few more posts in January to make up for my taking December off.
⛰️ keep up with comments: one of my favorite things about my blog is chatting with all of you, but I’ve been so tired my comments pile up for months at a time. And then I feel guilty. But not anymore! You can expect me to look at comments at least once a week, and I’ll continue visiting & commenting back. (I miss blog hopping but I just don’t have the energy for it, so I hop from my blog comments.)
⛰️ incorporating hiking/outdoors content: when I rebranded the blog & moved to self-hosted in June 2019, I wanted to be sure my branding represents my love of “adventuring in books & in nature.” I am truly my happiest when I am communing with nature and want to have an excuse to get outside and share that passion with you! The posts won’t have any set frequency, but you can expect hiking content, guides, recommended products I love, and a special thing that marries books & nature that’s in the works!
⛰️ new series: books & beverages will bring themed book lists with drink recipes onto the blog occasionally! This started with 5 Books with Fall Vibes list with a recipe for pumpkin cream cold brew and this year I’ll finish the seasons (winter, spring, summer)!
⛰️ revive reading around the globe guest post series: the Reading Around the Globe series ran from August 2018 until January 2020 and featured interviews with international book bloggers about their experiences as international readers. I hope to post an interview each month, let me know if you’re interested in participating!
I’m not the kind of person to create resolutions, but there is something to be said about identifying goals for reading. These goals are mainly focused around me diversifying my reading, mood reading, and focusing on books that I own.
⛰️ 52 books is my Goodreads goal for the year. I like to set it high enough to keep me reading but keep it attainable because I don’t enjoy getting stressed about reading.
⛰️ 21 anticipated books for 2021: this is a new annual feature to Reader Voracious where I will identify the top 21 books releasing this year that I want to read. Basically, this list will be how I request ARCs to refocus myself from potentially going overboard with ARC requests. (Post coming later this month!)
⛰️ focus on backlist & owned books: the best and worst thing I did in 2020 was creating an inventory of my books. I still buy books but no longer go on Book Outlet buying 30 books at a time because I can (fun fact: a lot of those books are now unhauled). Now that I’m more mindful with purchasing, I want to actually read these books as well.
⛰️ mood read: I’m done with any semblance of a TBR or reading expectations because as soon as I decide to read a book it’s often the last thing I want to do. The Storygraph has been so helpful in picking books with the right pacing, moods, and vibes for my mood (read my StoryGraph guide here!). I’ll prioritize owned and ARC copies but picking my reads purely by mood.
⛰️ read more nonfiction: I want to tap back into learning and growing my knowledge. My hope is to pick up nonfiction at least 4 times in 2021.
I’m excited to continue building and growing my patreon community in 2021 and beyond! I’m looking to revamp tiers and benefits and am polling patrons on what features and perks they’d like to see. I have a lot of ideas but want to be sure I’m offering things of value to them. If you have a recommendation for what you’d like to see mfrom me, please let me know!
Kinda related but not fully, but the Nerd Voraciously discord server got a facelift for New Year! I added a few bots that have really made things easier, especially on the activity and poll front. (Patrons will see polls in the Patreon corner.)
Don’t forget to cast your vote in the semi-finals round of the 2020 Bookish Jazz Awards! You have until 11:59pm on January 4, 2021 to cast your votes and the finals will begin on January 5!
💬 Let’s Chat! 💬
How was your 2020 in reading? Did you meet your goals?
Do you have any goals for 2021 that you want to share?