I had set myself the goal of reading 40 books in 2020, and I managed to read 54! I’m very happy about this as I was afraid working and lockdown would affect my reading negatively, but in the end I read nearly 17,000 pages in 2020 – which is so amazing and frankly, a little scary.
I have read some truly amazing books last year, and I wrote an article about my 10 favourite ones over there. I have also discovered audiobooks, and this has been life-changing for me. I now listen to wonderful stories when working, cooking, or even tidying. And all for free, as I mostly use the BorrowBox app with my local library.
I really wanted to share my reading stats with you because it is mostly an excuse for me to talk about a website I’ve only recently discovered: The Storygraph. It works a little bit like Goodreads in that that it allows you to track your reading and the books you want to read. However, it does have a few exciting features that I know many Goodreads users are very much asking for. First of all, you can rate books by 0.25 – so if you want to rate a book 4.25 or 3.5, you can! Also, there are four status available for each book: to read, currently reading, read, and did not finish. I love that DNFing a book doesn’t have to be counted as read or not, but you can actually record your attempt at reading a book and explain why you didn’t like it at the moment you read it. There are also tons of reading challenges created by the community, which are very fun and you can add your books to the prompts so that you can have a clear vision of your TBR pile for that particular challenge. The stats are pretty fabulous as well. I put some of the books I read in 2020 into the app and here are my stats so far (click on the pictures to see them fully):
I find those charts very satisfying, I confess! As you can see, it’s a great website if you are a mood reader because there is a real emphasis on moods in reviews and recommendations. Personally, this is perfect for me and so I thought I would share it in an article – should it interest anyone.
Anyway, time for reading resolutions! I set myself the goal to read 50 books this year. I want to read more French novels as well, I sometimes feel like I’m losing my French, which isn’t true because it’s my first language after all, but I’m definitely more comfortable in English. I want to feel more at ease when writing in French, and there is such a wealth of literature in this language that I would love to share it on this blog.
I am also taking part in the 2021- Previously owned TBR Reading Challenge on The Storygraph because I really want to read the books I already own, and ~maybe~ buy a little less books. As long as I live in a small studio flat, I think I really need to stop buying so many books… which is definitely something I say every year but always miserably fail at!
Did you take some reading resolutions this year? Please let me know if you’re taking part in any challenges, I would love to discover some more!