Reading Nook | Where I Like to Read

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!

Considering everyone has been home in the recent months, it has got me thinking about where people like to get their reading done since there isn’t anything open. Like I used to try to get some reading done at the library, but since it’s not open right now, I sadly can’t do that. Or I’d go to a coffee shop.

I don’t have many quiet places to read in my house as of late since most of my family is home due to the quarantine. Whether it’s a blaring TV, loud talking or even just the dogs barking, even with my bedroom door closed, it’s never completely quiet. So reading in the living room is almost always out of the question. Because the only way I can get a good amount of reading done, it needs to be quiet so I don’t have any distractions. Because I get distracted pretty easily.

So much of my reading gets done in my room, mostly with instrumental music blasting in my headphones.

Like look at this. It’s probably the most ideal reading spot.

However, there those rare moments when I am able to get reading done in the living room on the couch. I love being able to snuggle with my dogs and cat all crammed on the couch. It gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling when I am surrounded by my fur babies and the unconditional love they give me when we’re all cocooned under so many throw blankets.

Although, I wish I could say I have this cozy little reading nook overlooking the outdoors. Twinkle lights, flickering candles and a hot cup of coffee or tea. That is the dream honestly. I want a little corner of a room with a window seat overflowing with pillows and blankets and surrounded by bookshelves.

But in most cases, I only have my bed. Though it could be quite cozy. I have tons of pillows and blankets that I can snuggle into with a good book. I have Christmas lights around my window and a candle burner. So I can get as close to my dream reading nook as I can right now. And it’s where I get a lot of my reading done. I can isolate myself in peaceful bliss for however long I want and get lost in a world that isn’t my own.

So that’s where I get most of my reading done. Where is your favorite place to read in your house? I’d love to discuss it in the comments below!

Stay safe and happy reading everyone!

Published by The Reading Addict

I am a twenty-something-year-old who is an avid reader. I love anything from young adult fantasy to adult fiction to young adult contemporary.

3 thoughts on “Reading Nook | Where I Like to Read

  1. That reading spot looks so cozy, we can only wish to have something like it 😦 I read a lot in the bath because it’s the only place where my dog can’t distract me haha! Great post 😀

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