Hello, book lovers! 💕
I know we’re already halfway into January, but I thought I’d talk about my Reading Goals for 2021 today. Maybe by writing it all down will somehow hold me accountable for sticking to them. If nothing else, I hope to have a year full of reading and good books (one can only hope all the books I read are good). Even if I don’t manage to reach all my goals by the end of the year.
But anyway, I don’t have too many goals for this year, mainly because I suck at sticking to them and I don’t want to make reading into something that feels like work or something that’s stressful.
So without any further ado, let’s get onto my 2021 reading goals!
To think that I’ve been doing the Goodreads Reading Challenge for ten years. That’s kind of hard to wrap my head around. But I started doing that challenge back in 2011 (though I think I started late that year, which is why I only read 5 books).
So it goes without saying that one of my goals for 2021 is the Goodreads Reading Challenge. I set my goal for this year at 65, since I was able to read more than that last year. But this is where I don’t want to put too much stress on myself to reach that goal. I know that some people don’t count comics or manga in that number, but I don’t think I would be able to reach that many books read if I didn’t. As long as Goodreads counts it as a book read, I’m counting it as a book read.
That’s my main goal for 2021, but I also have a couple other smaller goals that I want to achieve this year. Those include not how many books I read, but the types of books I read.
I’m always looking to read more diverse books, whether that’s a diverse author or main character. Or even setting where the book takes place. I don’t want to feel like I’m reading about the same character regurgitated into different books.
I want to be pushed out of my comfort zone when it comes to the books that I’m reading. So that includes reading different genres than I’m used to. I tend to gravitate towards YA fiction and fantasy, and last year I began to branch out into Adult fiction, even some mystery/thriller books. I want to continue that journey. I want to read more books in genres that I have never or rarely read. The main ones being Adult fiction, Mystery/thriller, and Middle Grade.
Then there’s the goal of lowering my TBR and not buying as many books. I put this as a goal of mine every year, but I never seem to stick to it. While my TBR isn’t nearly as long as some people’s, it’s still longer than I would like. But I keep adding books to it because books keep coming out or I keep discovering new books that I want to read. It’s a never ending cycle, so I don’t think that goal is ever truly obtainable.
As for not buying as many books, well that’s something I’ve always struggled with. And I am trying not to buy as many, mainly because I’m running out of physical space in my room to store so many books. But I still buy ebooks, so I can’t really win. I know I could be using the library (and I do sometimes), but with the pandemic, I’m not comfortable borrowing physical books. I do borrow audiobooks and ebooks sometimes though.
So there you have it. Those are my 2021 Reading Goals. I’m already on track for my Goodreads goal as well as reading diverse books as of right now. Hopefully I can keep it up as the months go on.
What are some goals you have for this year? Are you good at sticking to your reading goals? I’d love to chat in the comments below!
There aren’t many tropes in YA books that I can think of that I actually like. Mostly one that I can’t stand and maybe that’s a discussion for another day. I’m going to try to talk about my favorite YA tropes. Again, there aren’t many.
ENEMIES TO LOVERS
I feel like a lot of people enjoy this trope. I recently watched Sam, from Thoughts on Tomes on YouTube, discuss her favorite tropes, though not necessarily YA books. Just in general. But she mentioned this one, and that was kind of the inspiration behind this post.
Anyway, I really like a slow burn romance. Anything that’s not insta-love. Anything BUT insta-love. Enemies to lovers – or even friends to lovers – makes the romance feel more realistic, especially if the characters don’t fall head-over-heels for each other the moment they meet. That just doesn’t happen in real life. And I know reading gets people out of reality, but for contemporary, at least for me, I want the romance to be realistic. Even in a fantasy setting, the romance should be realistic.
As for enemies to lovers, I love the banter back and forth between the characters. I don’t know what it is about that, but every time I read dialogue like that, I squeal in delight. Maybe because I know they’re meant to be together, but they don’t realize that yet, and it’s cute to see that banter between them. Throughout the whole book, I’m rooting for them more when they get don’t together right away. Because why else have a romance if the characters don’t work towards it?
Boarding Schools (Normal or Magical)
I don’t see this as much mainly because I think of this trope as being more in middle grade books. But in most cases, I enjoy boarding school settings because it reminds me of Harry Potter, even if it isn’t a magical boarding school the main character is going too.
But I never get mad to see that a book is set in a boarding school. It’s a good change of pace when it is. The only book that I recently read set in a boarding school was Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson. So I’d definitely be interested in some recommendations if anyone has any because I know there are a lot.
Being stuck together leads to romance (or friendship)
This is in the same vein as the enemies to lovers trope. But in the sense that there is this awkwardness between the main characters, and it’s just the right amount of cringe and cute. I know that the main characters are going to ultimately get together in the end, but watching it get there is the best part. It’s especially great if there are alternating perspectives, and the reader is able to get the internal monologue from both the characters.
The one book that comes to mind when I think about this trope is By Your Side by Kasie West. It’s about a two characters who get locked in a library for an entire weekend. (Yes a library!) The characters are from two totally different groups in school, the guy being the notorious “bad boy.”
This book gives me The Breakfast Club vibes, and I loved every minute of it. I loved reading to find out if the two characters’ romance would blossom after the weekend they spent in the library.
So those were the tropes in YA books that I don’t mind, but actually really enjoy. What are some of yours? Do you agree with the ones that I like? Let me know in the comments below!