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!
The following is from Goodreads:
Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.
Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of what really happened the day her daughter died.
Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife’s words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her.
It took me so much longer than it should have to read this book. I started it back in March, at the same time that I got Animal Crossing: New Horizons. I have been so consumed by that game that I was only picking this book up in small bursts. But honestly, I wish I read it quicker. If it hadn’t been for that game, I probably would have finished this book in a few days.
It’s not something that I normally read, being that it’s a romantic thriller. And it kind of made me uncomfortable as I was reading. So maybe it was a good thing that I read it so slowly. Because it seriously messed with my head, especially the last few chapters. I was on the edge of my seat. I was literally trying to read it faster in order to find out what was going to happen. But the ending still has me questioning what was actually the truth.
I think that the only reason I took off a star was because it took me so long to read, and I was relieved to be done with this book. Like I’ve been reading it for so long that it seemed like a chore to pick it up. But not because it was a bad book. It was actually the exact opposite. It was a fantastic book. The suspense was well-written. I felt my heart in my throat as I read the final chapters, and I was getting goosebumps as I got closer to the end.
I was invested in the characters and everything that was going on in their lives. I really liked the fact that there were chapters that were from Verity’s hidden manuscript. It gave a different perspective on what happened in the past between Verity and Jeremy. It brought to light so much that the reader wouldn’t have gotten if it wasn’t part of the story.
And I was seriously shipping the romance between Lowen and Jeremy pretty much from day one, and by the end of the book, I’m still not sure how I feel about Verity. I don’t know what’s actually the truth or not. The ending really messed with my head. It was creepy and extremely disturbing at times. I don’t know how I feel about it. But I do know it’s an ending I probably won’t forget any time soon.
If you’re interested in thrillers, then this is one you definitely want to pick up. Just be warned: don’t read it before you go to sleep. Not only will you want to read it all at once to find out what happens, but it also has some depictions of child abuse and some graphic violence.
So there you have it. If you read this book, what’d you think about it? I’d love to discuss it in the comments below!