Purple Book Club: My 2020 Reading Pledges

Every year, without fail, I pledge to read more books.  I reminisce about the days when I was much younger and I used to polish off books quicker than I’d polish off any chocolate dessert I was given (ok, that’s hyperbole).  I remember my mum buying me Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire the summer before I started Year 7.  The book didn’t last me the summer as I read all 600+ pages in a day.

But alas! I’m all grown up now and life routinely gets in the way of how much and how quickly I read.  I don’t have time to sit and read all day without interruption like I used to.  So I’ve tried to squeeze in as much reading time as I can, both on my commute and at home, and I’ve also been trying to find more creative and interesting ways to decide what to read next, and every year I try to build more on that.

So, what are my reading pledges for 2020?

  • To complete a reading challenge.

I have decided to aim to read at least 12 books in 2020; one per month.  To help me keep that pledge and to help me decide what to read, I am going to take part in a reading challenge.  Hardened bibliophiles know that there are loads of challenges out there – one to suit pretty much every need or interest, and they are a great way to diversify your bookshelves.  This year I’ll be doing Linz the Bookworm’s reading challenge.  I chose it because it has a number of different levels, just in case I manage to read more than one book per month and the options are pretty interesting.  Of course, I want you all to do the challenge with me (duh!), so you can find the details and a PDF copy here.

Image: Linz the Bookworm’s Reading Challenge PDF
  • Not to buy any books for the first six months of 2020.

Those of you who follow me on Instagram (if you don’t you should – my @purplebookclub page is here) know that I constantly go to book events and I spend so. much. money. buying new books.  I literally cannot walk into a book store without coming out with at least one, and that has led to a massive stack of new books being added to an already huge TBR pile.  Until at least June, the books I read on my reading challenge will come from my home bookshelf.  Wish me luck!

  • To create more reviews.

Anyone else tend to read a book then forget some time later what the plot is or what it’s like? Do you look to see how well a book is reviewed before you invest in a copy? If, like me, that’s you, then you may be glad to see me pledging to do more reviews, whether written or on my IGTV. This way I can not only create a journal of my reading journey (which will be pretty cool), but you peeps can check out what I recommend if you’re stuck for reading ideas. I’ll also be reading more non-fiction this year to augment my socio-political writing, so if you follow my blog for that content then this is another reason to follow my book club too!

What’s your pledge?

Are you already a bibliophile? Do you want to read more this year? Do you want a new source of great recommendations? JOIN. ME. Get Linz the Bookworm’s reading challenge here, subscribe to this blog and follow me on Instagram here.

The first book I’ll be reading in 2020 is White Teeth by Zadie Smith.

Happy reading and see you in 2020!

What will your first book be in 2020? Comment below!

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  1. I was just thinking about reading more in 2020 too! I want to read the Bible in one year, but also read one fiction book and one non-fiction book per month. I havent made my book list yet but it’s on my to-do list. I also try not to buy books but use the library instead. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hey Taylor, thanks for commenting! One fiction book and one non-fiction per month is a good goal, all the best with it 😊 Do let me know how you get on if you have time, or if you read anything that you’d recommend; I’d love to hear from you!

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