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!
So the stay home reading rush is taking place from April 16th to the 19th. I originally saw this tag on Kathryn’s blog. I wasn’t tagged in this, and I’m not sure if I’m participating in the Stay Home Reading Rush, but I figured I’d give this tag a go.
How is your reading going whilst staying at home?
It’s been going okay. I feel like I should have gotten more read. I mean, I have gotten some books done, but not nearly as many as I would have liked.
Where have you been reading at home?
I mostly read in my room on my bed. Though sometimes I venture to the living room and read on the couch.
What is the best book you’ve read during isolation?
I haven’t read many, but I’d probably have to say All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace. I’m still in the middle of Verity by Colleen Hoover, and when (or if) I finish it, it might surpass All the Stars and Teeth.
What’s your favorite feel good book?
Definitely any book by Becky Albertalli. My favorites are Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda and The Upside of Unrequited.
What is a book you wish you could buy/borrow from the library?
I’m not really sure, mainly because I have a decent amount of books on my shelves that I haven’t read yet, and I want to get to those before I buy/borrow any more.
Who is an author you want to shout out during this time?
Becky Albertalli and Morgan Matson! Their books are such feel good reads and make me so happy.
What is your Reading Rush TBR?
I haven’t given much thought on my TBR for the Reading Rush, mainly because I’m not sure if I’m going to be participating. And if I do, I’ll try to match my TBR for the O.W.L.’s readathon to this one since I don’t usually get more than 4 or 5 books read in the month. Even if I participate, I might not be able to complete all of the challenges.
The challenges for the Reading Rush are:
Read a book with a house on the cover
This might be a stretch since I’m pretty sure there are castles on the cover rather than actual houses, but I’d consider Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore for this challenge.
Read A Book In The Same Room The Whole Time
Any of the books on my O.W.L.’s TBR would work for this challenge. That could be Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin or Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling or really any of the other books I want to read this month.
Read A Book Set Somewhere You Wish You Could Go
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling. It’s a given that I’d love to go to Hogwarts as I’m sure anyone who has read this series wants to also. I’m also reading this for the O.W.L.’s
Read A Book That Will Make You Smile
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. I’ve already read this book, so I know it’ll make me smile when I read it. Plus it’s on my TBR for the O.W.L.’s.
So there’s the Stay Home Reading Rush book tag. If you want to do this then you can. If you’re not sure if you’re participating in this round of the reading rush then you can skip the last question.
I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. Happy reading!