ursa’s special logbook: 2020 recap + 2021 reading goals

Hop in, traveler!

2020 is finally over, and it is time to finally do a yearly wrap-up. I love to pause and reflect on the previous year, and making pie charts makes it even more fun. So, traveler, embark with me on this new journey!

2020 recap

2020 has been a good year… regarding books.
I’ve read 52 books when I aimed for 50. My average rating is 3.8 out of 5, which is quite a good number. According to Goodreads, I’ve read 16,710 pages. I’m really content with these stats, at least this chaotic year hasn’t been a complete loss in all domains.

I don’t know about you, but I love charts, especially when it comes to my habits. I think it’s a clearer way to see what I’ve been doing — in this case, reading. So this morning I had fun, and I made a bunch of charts and graphics to check on my reading year.

I am French, which means I read in French and English. In 2020, out of the 2020 books I’ve reads, 30 of them were written in French. Most of them were by French authors, but some were translated works. The other 22 were in English, and most of them are not (yet) available in French.

pie chart: french 58%, english 42%

I define myself as a young-adult and new-adult reader, and according to this chart, it is clear that my preferences lean towards adult and young-adult literature. Out of the 52 books I’ve read, 12 were all-age, 16 were adult books, 14 were young-adult, and 10 were middle-grade — which is a real surprise because I didn’t think I was reading that many middle-grade books.

pie chart: middle grade 19%, all age 23%, young adult 27%, adult 31%

When it comes to genres, I usually prefer reading fantasy. However, I know this year I have tried to read more contemporary and romances — which I loved! — and this chart shows it well. Out of the 52 books I’ve read, 15 were graphic novels, 14 were fantasy books, and 13 were contemporary novels. I tried myself at poetry, whodunnit, science-fiction, thriller, and classics, but as you can see, they’re a minor portion of my 2020 bookshelves.

pie chart: poetry 2%, sf 2%, thriller 2%, classic lit 4%, whodunnit 4%, fantasy 26%, contemporary 29%, graphic novel 31%

As I said before, my average rating for this year is 3,8 out of 5 stars. But I wanted to see the proportion of books for each rating (from 1 star to 5, out of 5), so I made another little graphic. Out of the 52 books I’ve read, I didn’t rate 2: one was non-fiction, and I have trouble rating non-fiction because it is not fiction, and who I am to rate it?, and the second was a graphic novel which was really weird and I didn’t know how I felt about it. I know I easily give high ratings to books, and much to my surprise, I gave as many 5 stars as I gave 3 stars. Most of the books I read were then rated 4 stars, and I had some deceptions: 3 books were rated 2 stars, and one received a lonely star (and if I could have given it less I would have, but let’s not spill the tea).

bar chart: 12 books rated 5 stars, 22 books rated 4 stars, 12 books rated 3 stars, 3 books rated 2 stars, 1 book rated 1 star

It’s really interesting to see my reading year lay out in charts such as these, and I can’t wait for the end of 2021 to see a recap of my year, and compare it to 2020!

2021 reading goals

Now that 2020 is over, it is finally time to focus on 2021! I set myself some reading goals that I hope are not unachievable. I want to go easy while giving myself some challenges to try and explore new things.

Read 50 books

I’ve set my Goodreads reading challenge to 50 books, just like in 2020. I know many people usually aim higher, but 2020 has been special and I had a lot more time to read. I hope 2021 will get back to normal, so I don’t want to set a high goal if I don’t have the time. 50 books is still a huge number, and that’s what I am aiming for, but I can read more, I’ll sure do!

Read more poetry

This is one of my main goals for this year: read more poetry books. Last year, I read Yesterday I Was the Moon by Noor Unnahar, and I loved it deeply. Reading poetry usually relaxes me, and they’re short books quick to read: it’s a win-win situation, and I am hoping to discover more magical ways of writing. Rupi Kaur, Nikita Gill, and Margaret Atwood are at the top of my list.

Try new genres and format

In 2020, I wanted to try to read thrillers. Sadly, I only read one (which was bad) but I want to try again this year! I’m easily scared though, so it would probably be ‘soft’ thrillers, but still. I want to do it. I’d like to read more non-fiction too, which I never really did: it’s not a genre that attracts me in general. And, I’ve already started on it, but I want to try myself at audiobooks. I have had a bad experience in 2019, and I had decided it just wasn’t for me. However, I just subscribed to Scribd* and I’ve been listening to The House in the Cerulean Sea and I love it so much. To more audiobooks in 2021!

* if you too want to try, please consider using my link — we’ll both get a free month if you sign up with this link! (this is not an affiliated link, I do not gain money)

What about you? How have been 2020 for you?
What are your goals for 2021?
I’d love to read more poetry, thrillers, and non-fiction, recommend me your favorites!

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10 commentaires sur “ursa’s special logbook: 2020 recap + 2021 reading goals

  1. Incredible job on 52 books, and I really appreciate how detailed your graphs and commentary was! Ah same here, I’m hoping to venture more into the non-fiction genre as well… some of my favourites would be Educated by Tara Westover and Know My Name by Chanel Miller, both impactful reads I would recommend… all the best for your 2021 goals Ursa!

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