TBR Challenge

Cora’s 2020 TBR Challenge

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We’re a few days in to 2020 and I’m in the process of getting organized in writing, reading, and around the house. I started a modified bullet journal, which for me mostly means all my To Do lists and calendars and appointments are in one place. I’m working out my writing/release schedule for this year, trying to wrap my brain around a smaller per week word count in an effort reduce my fatigue level this year. And I think I’ve settled on my TBR Challenge conditions for this year:

1. How many books from your TBR pile will you read?  I’ve decided on an overall goal of 30 books for my Goodreads challenge, and 20 of those must be from my TBR list. It doesn’t seem like a lot–especially when I was regularly reading over 50 books a year a few years ago–but it’s more than I read in 2019, and I always have the option to change it later.

2. How long have your books been waiting?  Everything pre-2020 is fair game this year, which I think is fair given that the purpose of this challenge is to read books I’ve already acquired 🙂  I also want to pay special attention to the 6 books that I somehow ended up with on various apps that I’d forgotten I even had. They’ve been sitting there for several years and it’s high time those books get read, too.

3. How will you hold yourself accountable? Like years past, I’ll post here once a month to share my progress and see how you all are doing. I found that creating a Goodreads shelf and the dedicated page on this website to be enormously helpful, too, so I’ll do both again. I’m a very visual person and being able to see the collection of books that I’ve read gives me a nice sense of accomplishment, which makes me want to read more TBR books.

4. What about adding more books to the pile? Like previous years, I’m going to keep track of how many books I purchase with another Goodreads shelf. I’ve found it really helpful to have an exact number readily available that I can compare to how many books I’ve read. By the end of the year, I’d like to have read more books than I bought.

So that’s my set up for this year. What plans do you all have? Anybody feeling really ambitious? Cautiously optimistic? Reading to comfort yourself through hard times? Let me know!


3 thoughts on “Cora’s 2020 TBR Challenge”

  1. Hi Cora! I started a list on GR of books I have won (and haven’t read yet), so that will be part of my TBR. Also, I am going to Romancing the Gold Coast in Oct, so plan to read books by authors who will be there. All historical and mostly all older books I own. I haven’t made that list yet. My GR challenge will be 150 again, but I am not counting rereads this year. You sound more organized than I am, but I will get there!


    1. I’ve had 2 weeks off from the day job to get myself together, lol–see how organized I am in June 😉 You sound like you have a good handle on what you want to accomplish this year! Good luck!


      1. I had the week of Christmas off, but I had a houseful of people, so I felt like I was cooking, running out for bagels and loading and unloading the dishwasher multiple times every day! Well worth it, having my 2 kids and significant others here for Christmas!

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