Each year I try and read more than I did the previous year. It’s a little game of mine I do to continually work on being my best self. I track everything in Goodreads using their annual Reading Challenge tracker and choose books as I go along. However, I’m doing things slightly different this year by planning ahead what I’m going to read over the next 12 months, which I’m calling my Big, Guilt-Free, New Year Book List!
I’m projected to finish 18 books this year, which surpasses the 15 I challenged myself to read. In comparison, in 2018 I finished 14 of the 13 books I challenged myself to. With that in mind, I’m going into 2020 challenging myself to read 24 books or two books per month!
My New Year Book List Challenge Details
Although this is a personal challenge I set for myself, you’re more than welcome to use it as inspiration for your own or even copy my new year book list for yourself.
Below are the details for how I’m setting this up:
1. I’m Finishing Two Books Each Month
To finish 20 books in a year I would need to read 1.6 books per month (20 books divided by 12 months).
To make things simpler I’m going to attempt two books per month, which will give me some flexibility if one takes longer or sh*t happens.
In addition, I’m making it a rule that each month has to have 1 fiction novel and 1 non-fiction book to keep things interesting.
2. In My World Audiobooks Are Fair Game
To make it easier to reach my reading goals in the new year I’m allowing audiobooks.
Some of you may disagree with me and feel that listening to an audiobook isn’t the same as sitting down and reading one. But honestly, in the modern age, we need to squeeze in reading whenever we can and sometimes that means listening to a book while you shower or drive your kids to school.
3. I Tried to Combine Short and Long Books
I’m including a combination of short and long books. If every book was the same length as a George R. R. Martin novel we would all be doomed.
4. I’m Embracing the DNF
“Official death at 55 pages”
If you’ve never heard of DNF (Do Not Finish) this is going to change your reading life.
Forcing yourself to finish a book you aren’t enjoying is counter-productive. I’m giving myself permission to move on from a book I’m not enjoying and still count it as a book read as long as I share my thoughts in a Goodreads review.
My New Year Book List (and reading recommendations)
Below is my New Year Book List broken down by season and month. To track my reading progress make sure to follow me on Goodreads!
New Year Book List – Winter
by Amy Schmittauer Landino
Published December 10, 2019
I’m a fan of AmyTV and can’t wait to get into this book. Going into 2020 I would love to improve my morning routine to increase my productivity and mental wellbeing.
by Margaret Atwood
Published September 2009
I read Oryx and Crake a long time ago. The Year of the Flood is part two of that series so I’m looking forward to continuing the dystopian story!
by Sheryl Sandberg
Published March 2013
Sheryl Sandberg is the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook and is a leader in motivating women to achieve their ambitions.
by Laura Bradbury
Published September 2015
I have a digital copy of book #2 in The Grape Series so I thought it appropriate that I read book #1 first!
I love memoirs that bring me to European countries so I can’t wait to pick this up in February!
New Year Book List – Spring
by Abby Norman
Published March 2019
After my own health scare in 2018, I’ve been invested in women’s health and educated myself and other women about what to look for.
by George R. R. Martin
Published July 2011
Yes…I’m still working my way through this series! Since they are so long and a lot to consume I’ve been reading 1 – 2 a year for the last two years.
I can’t wait for him to finish the series!
by Aliza Licht
Published May 2015
I found this book at my local Value Village. I’ve never heard of Aliza Licht but her book caught my eye since online marketing is my thing!
by Rachael Lippincott
I saw the trailer for the film that’s based on this novel and it looked so good! Since I value literature more I decided I would hold off watching the film until I read the book. I guess that means I’m waiting until April!
by Mindy Kaling
Published November 2011
I’ll need a little bit of comedy in 2020 so in comes Mindy Kaling! I loved her show and can’t wait for this.
by Kate Morton
Published June 2007
I’m a fan of Kate Morton’s mystery stories. Every time I come across one I haven’t read yet I make sure to pick it up.
The House at Riverton is the last one I own before I need to search for more!
Thrive: The Third Metric To Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder
by Arianna Huffington
Published March 2014
Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and Editor in Chief of the Huffington Post and a serious girl boss I love listening to. Looking forward to her insights in this book.
by Gail Honeyman
Published May 2017
This is the heroic story of a quirky woman who doesn’t quite fit in anywhere. I’ve heard about it and am finally taking the time to read it in 2020!
New Year Book List – Summer
by Malala Yousafzai
Published October 2013
I feel guilty I haven’t read this sooner. Malala is an inspiring young woman who unfortunately had to deal with some horrors nobody should have to deal with. She is an advocate for the right to an education and I love her for that.
by Kiersten White
Published September 2018
This book was included in my 2018 book recommendations. When I saw it as one of Amazon’s daily deals for Kindle I had to grab it. Looking forward to revisiting Dr. Frankenstein and that fictional world.
by Malcolm Gladwell
Published September 2019
Not only was this book a Kindle daily deal, but it also targets one of the skills I wish I was better at!
I purchased a copy hoping it will help me improve my networking skills.
by Mandy Robotham
Published December 2018
A historical fiction book set during the Second World War. It’s received amazing reviews on Goodreads and I can’t wait to dive in!
by Brendon Burchard
Published September 2017
The digital version of this book went on sale Black Friday weekend and I had to grab it! In it, Brendon shares six habits to reach long-term success. I’ve seen this book on the lists of many entrepreneurs. Excited to find out how it will benefit my life as well!
by Victoria Aveyard
Published February 2015
I don’t read young adult fiction much anymore but picked this one up as a daily deal (like many of my e-books). Since it’s a dystopian novel I’m actually excited to check it out and see if it’s worth reading the entire series.
New Year Book List – Fall
Do It Scared: Finding The Courage To Face Your Fears, Overcome Adversity, And Create A Life You Love
by Ruth Soukup
Published May 2019
I’m a collector of all self-help books related to being your best self and creating the life you love. I can’t wait to see if this one resonates with me!
by Alex Michaelides
Published February 2019
At the time of writing this post, I had just gone through Goodreads Choice 2019 winners. The Silent Patient was #1 in Mystery and Thriller. I want to see what all the hype was about, plus the synopsis sounded interesting.
by Brittany Hennessy
Published July 2018
Curious to see what insights Brittanny Hennessy has that could help with the branding of my online business and any new social media tips I can take away for my clients.
by Heather Morris
Published September 2018
I picked this book off my to-read list because the title makes me feel like this is going to be an emotional novel. This is the first book of two that the author has written for the series.
by Timothy Ferriss
Published November 2017
Another amazing Black Friday/Cyber Monday finds. I’ve heard online entrepreneurs I look up to reference Tim Ferriss before. In Tribe of Mentors, he’s compiled the advice of hundreds of leaders that I will be absorbing like a sponge!
by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
Published October 2009
Finally, the last book I plan on reading in 2020 is The Gathering Storm, the 12th book of the Wheel of Time Series. I have been picking away at this series since high school and have three more to go!