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 found this book tag last night on Alice’s Book Blog, but it was created by Two Book Thieves. I absolutely had to do it. It is perfect considering how much I’ve been playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Like, I think I put over 200 hours into the game since I got it a month ago. The fact that it’s book-related is just brilliant. If you’ve been addicted to Animal Crossing like I have, then I tag you to do this!
Past Villager – Who is a character you found when you were younger that still has a place in your heart?
Probably pretty obvious to say Harry Potter. So I’m going to say Bella Swan from Twilight since that series is what got me into reading YA fiction when I was in high school.
Blather’s Blatherings – Recommend a historical fiction book that you think everybody should read
I don’t read many historical fiction books, but I’d have to go with The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. I’ve always been interested in WWII and the Holocaust, and this one didn’t sugar coat anything.
Celeste’s Wish – What is a future book release you wish you could read now?
I really want Jenn Bennett’s new book, Chasing Lucky, to come out already! It was originally supposed to be published in May, but with everything that has been going on in the world, now Goodreads tells me that the publication date isn’t until November, which makes me really sad.
Timmy & Tommy – What is your favourite sibling relationship in a book?
The sibling relationship in The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli is probably one that I find the most realistic. Molly and Cassie aren’t inseparable 24/7. They fight and argue like siblings typically do, but also have their moments where they’re close and do things together. It depicts how, in most cases, siblings who might have been like best friends as young kids drift apart when the other gets in a romantic relationship.
The Easter Bunny – A popular book character that you’re not a big fan of
I like the jab at the Bunny Day event that literally enveloped everyone in an ungodly amount of unwanted Easter eggs. But for this, I’d have to go with Alex from Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. I don’t remember much about this book, other than the fact that I felt pretty meh about it when I finished reading it, or well listening to it, since I listened to the audiobook.
Nook’s Loans – An author you’d give all your money to
Hands down, Becky Albertalli. I have loved all of her books that she published. Either her, or Morgan Matson. They’re both auto buy authors for me.
The Sisters Able – What is your favourite fictional family (found or otherwise)?
Save the Date by Morgan Matson. I really enjoyed the family dynamics in this one, considering it revolved around Charlie’s older brother getting married, and there being five siblings all together. They all had some fun banter amongst each other.
It’s a C+ – What is a book trope you don’t like that keeps popping up?
Probably love triangles, though I can’t think of any books where I’ve seen this trope lately. I just know I can’t stand them and tend to avoid it if it’s in the synopsis of a book.
The Wandering Camel – What is your favourite book set in a land far away from yours?
I’d probably have to go with Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas.
What Would Dodos Do? – A fictional land you wish you could fly away to at any moment?
There are probably so many that I could say, but I’m going to stick with Hogwarts, since I’m in the middle of my reread for the series.
So there you have it. Have you been as obsessed with Animal Crossing as I have? What are some of your favorite villagers that you have on your island? I’d love to discuss it in the comments below!
Also I want to thank the original creators of this tag for bringing Animal Crossing and books together and coming up with it. I’m not going to tag anyone in particular, but if you want to do this tag, consider yourself tagged.