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 can’t believe March is already almost over. Though I say that about every month when it ends. And I really feel like I didn’t get much reading done. Actually, I think I got more read in February, and that was a way shorter month.
Anyway, I read a total of three books this month. Yes that’s right. Only three. Though I’m in the middle of a couple books, but I won’t be able to finish them by the time the month ends. It’s not bad by any means. I just thought I would read more than I did. Mainly because I added more books to my TBR as the month went on. So I basically set myself up for failure. Not really, because I try not to force myself to read if I’m not in the mood because then it feels mandatory, which makes reading feel like a chore. Then it’s not fun anymore for me.
But I digress. The books I read I overall really enjoyed. Most of them were four or five Star reads, so I guess that kind of makes up for the quantity of books I read. Or didn’t read. Because quality over quantity, right?
I’m not going to go into too much detail about my thoughts on these books, but most of them I did a review for if you are interested in my more in depth thoughts.
The first book I finished this month was The Upside of Falling by Alex Light. It was the five star book I read this month, and let me tell you, I absolutely loved it.
I also picked up the next volume of One Piece. I don’t do reviews on this series, mainly because it’s such a long series and I wouldn’t want to spoil it for anyone. All you really need to know is that it’s about pirates and their adventures.
The last book I finished this month was Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon. As I mentioned in my review, I wasn’t blown away by this book. It was good, and worth the read, but it wasn’t my favorite of this author.
I’m in the middle of two books, which is a struggle because I have trouble switching between books. I get stuck in one and forget to pick up the other. Which is what happened now. I picked up Verity by Colleen Hoover for the #perusereadathon that took place the weekend of March 20th and got maybe 120 pages into it before I got my copy of Animal Crossing. It was downhill from there.
So I picked up an audiobook to listen to while I play it. Which ended up being Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling. And that’s a beast of a book, even while listening to it on audiobook.
Those are the books I read this month. What are some books that you read this month? I’d love to talk about them in the comments below!