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!
I wasn’t necessarily tagged by anyone to do this tag, but I saw it a while back over on Sara’s blog, The Bibliophagist, and I decided to give it a try myself.
You have 20,000 books in your TBR, how in the world do you decide what to read next?
That’s the struggle I face most of the time when I finish a book. What am I going to read next? I’m a mood reader most of the time. So when I choose a book to read next, it usually is based on what I’m in the mood to read, be it fantasy, contemporary or manga. Most of the time, I get a feeling of what type of book I’m in the mood for, then go from there.
You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you put it down or are you committed?
I used to be the type of person who’d be committed to a book once I started it. But there are just too many books in the world that I want to read to do that. I don’t feel like I should waste my time on a book that I’m not enjoying, but instead on one that I will. So as much as I’d love to read a book from start to finish, if it isn’t interesting me, I’m going to put it down.
The end of the year is coming and you’re behind on your reading challenge, do you try to catch up? And if so, how?
Most of the time, I don’t set my Goodreads goal too high where I’d end up falling behind. But if something happens where I do end up falling behind, I tend to read manga or short graphic novels to catch up. Because yes, I do consider those books if Goodreads does.
The covers of a series you love do not match, how do you cope?
Honestly, I would try my hardest to get the covers that matched, whether that’s second hand or different versions of the book. But if that weren’t an option, then I’d kind of have to just deal with it, no matter how much it hurts to see a series not have matching covers.
Everyone and their mother loves a book that you do not. Who do you bond with over your shared feelings?
I usually go on Goodreads and read the reviews to find some people who might have had the same opinion as me with the book. And lately, I’ve been posting reviews on my blog and starting the conversation that way about my feelings on an unpopular opinion of a book since I have such a welcoming group of followers.
You’re reading a book in public and you’re about to start crying. How do you deal?
I don’t like any extra unwanted attention directed towards me, so I try to hold it back as much as possible. If anything, I’d let a tear or two fall, but that’s it.
The sequel to a book you loved just came out but you’ve forgotten a lot of what happens. Are you going to reread it?
Sometimes I reread the previous books, but if it’s a part of a really long series (like any of the books in The Throne of Glassseries by Sarah J. Maas), I’d most likely find recaps online because I don’t have time to reread two or three books in a series, especially if they’re beasts of books. However, if it’s only the second book that’s coming out, I’d most likely reread the first one before getting to the sequel.
You do not want anyone to borrow your books, how do you politely say no when someone asks?
Fortunately (or maybe not), I don’t have many friends who share the same taste in books as me, at least in real life. So I don’t really have to worry about anyone asking to borrow my books. But I have had friends in the past as to borrow books, and I have lent them out. Luckily in the few occasions I did that, I did get them back in relatively good shape. Though getting them back at all was a miracle in and of itself.
You have picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over this reading slump?
Sometimes I just end up taking a little break from reading. I’d do something else that I really enjoy (like play video games or write or find a new tv show to binge). And when I do come back to reading, I’d pick up either a favorite book that I know I’d love or a book similar to one that I’ve enjoyed in the past. Most of the time, they are books that I know will be quick reads, like a romance or contemporary.
There are so many books coming out that you are dying to read, how many do you end up buying?
Unfortunately, I don’t have the ability to buy all the recent releases that I really want to read. So I tend to see if it’s at the library and get them that way. And if they’re not, then I would have to reevaluate how badly I want them, practice (and usually fail) some self-control, and save some money to buy it. It’s a real struggle, though, because I just want to buy them all.
After you purchase all of these books that you’re dying to read how long do they sit on your shelves before you get to them?
The ones that I have bought that I was dying to read can typically sit on my shelves for a few months (if not longer) before I get to them. But I’ve been working on reducing the amount of books I buy this year, thus reducing my physical TBR. And so far, the books that I’ve bought, I’ve read pretty soon after.
So there you have it. Please feel free to do this tag yourself. How do you decide which book to read next? How do you get through a reading slump? I’d love to talk in the comments below!