2020 Reading Challenge

I think it’s safe to say that the year 2020 has been the weirdest one to happen in recent history. The only consistent thing about it is that it altered nearly all aspects of our lives.

Thankfully, myself, my family and friends have found ourselves safe and sound throughout it. However, I have found this year to be extremely demotivating and unfortunately, it shows.

Neglecting my social media as well as this blog has become an unwanted routine, a vicious circle I am yet to break out of. Month by month, I went through with little to no motivation and creativity, or even artistic desire. It has been a mental struggle and so my reading has suffered substantially.

Going back in time to the beginning of 2020, before the inevitable happened, I have optimistically set my reading goal to 50. I have achieved a little over half of it, ending the year at 33 books. In comparison to 2019, I read four books less.

I am not feeling particularly concerned about not reaching my reading goal this year, all of that is excused I feel like. I will be setting myself a lower goal for 2021, I plan on to read 45 books, we shall see what the new year has in store.

I came across a lot of positivity on social media in terms of ending this year, where people focus on the good sides of 2020, their personal growth and achievements and so I’d like to follow in those footsteps. Tell me in the comment section about some of the positives of this year for you!

It’s hard to think back on the last 12 months, because it feels like 2020 has both passed so quickly and dragged on for years but here are some of my positives:

-I have tried out some different book genres. I felt disconnected from Young Adult novels in 2020 and so I explored book ranging from crime, history and memoires. It was a big step for me out of the comfort zone that turned out very rewarding. It’s something I’d like to continue to do next year too.

-I have gotten a ‘promotion’, a better position anyway, at my job.

-I have lost myself this year completely and even though it does not sound like a positive, I’m taking my time to truly find myself, however quirky it might sound. I’m re-evaluating what I thought I knew, and even if I’m still lost, I started carving my own path, so I’m excited to see where it takes me.

Thank you for bearing with me in 2020, for your continued support and engagement. I wish you all the best in the new year and courage and health to face whatever it brings with it. I shall see you all in 2021!

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