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 am currently in the middle of two books, which is something that I don’t normally do. I hate going between two or more books, and I don’t understand how so many people are able to do that. Maybe it’s just my brain, but I can’t do it. At least, I can’t normally. I don’t know what possessed me to pick up more than one book, but, I have found myself in the situation where I am in the middle of two books. And I don’t know how to get out of the vicious cycle.
So I picked up Verity by Colleen Hoover probably over a week ago by now. It was supposed to be a quick read I was going to get through in a weekend. But that was the weekend that Animal Crossing came out. I already had a rant about that in another blog post, but this is where the cycle began.
I started reading the book, and then when I received my copy of this video game, I put it down because I can’t read a book and play a video game at the same time. Or can I?
Well I had the bright idea to start an audiobook so I could listen to the book while I played. Which is great. I was getting some reading in while I was pulling weeds and chopping trees. The problem happened when I chose to listen to an audiobook that wasn’t the book I was reading on my Kindle. I chose a completely different book. I picked up Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling, which everyone knows is a long ass book, and the audiobook is even longer at 26 hours.
And that’s when the cycle started. I didn’t pick up Verity the entire time I was listening to Harry Potter. Because why would I? I couldn’t listen to it while I was playing Animal Crossing. And I didn’t want to do anything but play Animal Crossing.
I mean, I’ve picked it up a couple of times in the last week or so and read a few chapters here and there. I’ve made pretty good progress in it, though I’m still only half way through. I know I will finish it in April, but it’s a matter of actually sitting down and forcing myself to read it. Either that, or get the audiobook version and listen to it. I tend to get through books faster that way lately.
Anyway, after I finished the audiobook for Harry Potter, you would think that I would have tried to finish Verity. But nope. I picked up another audiobook. And again, not Verity. I picked up All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace because it’s on my O.W.L.’s TBR for this month, and I really wanted to get to the books on that list so I could participate in the readathon.
But that means the cycle of reading multiple books at once continues. I guess I just have to accept defeat that I’m going to be reading more than one book at a time right now. Maybe one day I’ll learn my lesson.
Do you guys read multiple books at once? If so, how do you manage to do it? I’d love to know your secrets! Let me know in the comment section below!