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 books that I want to get to this month, and I’m thinking about reading mostly YA contemporary books. I guess it was because I finished last month reading Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed, and I’ve been in the mood for those kind of books. And none of these are in any particular order. I’m mostly a mood reader, and I honestly don’t know if I’ll want to read these when I get around to them. You never know what I will want to read in a couple of weeks.
And being that I’ve been addicted to my Nintendo Switch lately, I have been having trouble reading. But I’m really hoping to get to these books this month.
I recently checked out a couple of books from the library, both of which are YA books that were just released in February. Those books are Of Curses and Kisses by Sandya Menon and The Upside of Falling by Alex Light. I wasn’t expecting to get to these since they are new releases, and I didn’t think they would become available right away. But since they did, I probably will get to them first. Knowing they have a deadline, I need to get to them before I have to return them.
I don’t know much about these two books, but I’ve read all of Sandhya Menon’s books. And I’ve really liked those, so I figured I would enjoy that one too. From what I could tell, it’s set at an elite international boarding school and that it’s a contemporary spin on Beauty and the Beast.
The Upside of Falling wasn’t one that I heard of, but I saw it on a publisher’s Instagram and was intrigued. And when I looked up the summary, I was even more intrigued. It follows seventeen-year-old Becca Hart who hadn’t believed in true love in years, but her former best friend teases her about not having a boyfriend. So she impulsively pretends she’s been seeing someone. And Brett Wells overhears her lie, so he decides to step in and be that someone.
Let’s just say, I’m probably going to really enjoy those two books, since they have some of my favorite elements in them. Like boarding schools. And the main characters pretending to date then ultimately falling for each other.
Those are the main books that I want to get to this month. The next books are ones that I’m thinking about getting to, but I’m not sure if I will.
I’ve had Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore on my TBR for a few months now. I got it in the Book of the Month club subscription box, and I haven’t had a chance to read it. I really don’t know why that is. It might be because it’s a historical romance. I don’t usually read historical fiction, so maybe that’s why I’ve been putting it off. From what I know from Goodreads, it follows a fiercely independent vicar’s daughter taking on a powerful duke in a love story that threatens to upend the British social order. So I was basically sold with that. I’m a sucker for a strong female main character in a romance book. And I’d give the historical aspect of the book a try.
I really want to get to the next volume of One Piece by Eiichiro Oda since I’m slowly making my way through that manga series. Like seriously, it’s almost 100 volumes long, and I’m only a quarter of the way through it. I’ll probably reading them for the rest of my life. But I’m not mad about that. I’m currently on volume 24, People’s Dreams. If I get through that this month, I might try to get through volume 25 too. They’re pretty quick reads, and I could (well, I should) read more than just one volume.
So those are the books that I want to get to this month. I’m not sure if I’ll get to all of them. But it’s only three full books and a couple manga volumes. I shouldn’t have any trouble getting through all of them. But who knows what this next month will bring.
What books do you guys plan on reading this month? Are you planning on reading any of these too? I’d love to know in the comments below!