2020 Reading Goals – Classics Year-Long and Others

Virago Modern Classics

At the end of 2018, I thought I didn’t do well with my reading goals. But in 2019, I somehow managed to do worse – I didn’t touch a single book by William Golding and only read 3 NYRB classics. 😐 So this time, I’m going to keep my goals simple. I want to read more classics, without constraining myself to a single author/ publisher.

I have an endless supply of classics in my piles – I have dozens of Persephone Books and NYRB classics, the entire Pan 70th Anniversary Paperback Classics collection, and an almost complete Virago Modern Classics 40th Anniversary collection. (I’m sort of in Bookish Heaven right at our tiny apartment!) So I hope 2020 will be the year I move some of those books from my TBR piles to Read piles.


I will keep reading short stories. But I’m not sure if I’ll be reviewing every single short story I read – when I review duds, I feel like I’m wasting my time. I think I’ll play it by ear.


I also wish to read more non-fiction this year. I used to stay clear from non-fiction for the longest time, but I’ve grown a taste for it now after reading two fantastic essay collections (Jonathan Safran Foer’s We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast and Jennine Capó Crucet’s My Time Among the Whites: Notes from an Unfinished Education) in 2019.

These are my plans for 2020. Hopefully, I’ll manage to stick to them this year. As they say, third time is the charm! 😉

Wishing you all a fantastic new year,


  1. Dear Nirmala,
    May you revel in your “Bookish Heaven” in 2020.


  2. My favorite nonfictions to read are memoirs but I want to get into essays this year, good luck on your goals 🙂


  3. Literary Elephant · · Reply

    I hope you have a great reading year in 2020! I’m also hoping to read more nonfiction, and look forward to seeing what you pick up!

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  4. I’m also planning to read the Jonathan Safran Froer book.


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