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 recently read a post from Kathryn Randell where she listed her favorite comfort reads. And I thought I would take that and make my own list. A couple of mine are actually similar to hers, like The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky and Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, but I’m going to list different ones.
When I think of comfort reads, I think of books that I have read multiple times and overall bring me joy each time I’ve reread them. And that brings to mind a few titles automatically. And honestly, it makes me want to read these books again.
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
I’ve read it twice so far, but I know that won’t be the last time I read it. When I originally finished it, I didn’t just give it five stars, I gave it ALL THE STARS. It gave me so many feelings when I closed the book after reading the last page. I’m pretty sure I will love it no matter how many times I read it. It just had that kind of influence on me.
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Similarly to Simon, I read this book only twice, but each time I absolutely adored it. I loved the depth of the characters and the representation of mental illness. I loved the perspective of a creator who has to deal with the opinions of so many people and coping with them. I definitely need to pick this back up soon.
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
I absolutely loved and adored this book. I love how easy it is for me to read one of Morgan Matson’s (400+ page) books and how easy it is for me to fall in love with not only the story, but also the characters. Every single character I loved. Each one was unique in their own way.
I think that all of the books on this list are actually my favorites, from my favorite authors. But that’s what makes them my favorite. All of these books have qualities that make them comforting. It’s like going home and being wrapped into a warm fuzzy blanket. That’s why Harry Potter and The Perks of Being a Wallflower would have also been on this list.
Books are supposed to transport you. And all of these books brings me to a happy place whenever I read them. All of these books make me smile. They take me out of the real world, and honestly, with what’s going on in the world nowadays, that’s exactly what I need when it comes to reading.
What are some of your comfort reads? I would love to discuss them in the comment section below!