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 first saw this on Book Coffee Happy‘s blog. Like I’ve said each time I’ve done this kind of post, I am probably going to stick to doing it once a month. It seems to be the trend that I’ve been sticking to. Though, this time I’m doing this post twice this month, which I feel is an accomplishment for me!
Again, thanks so much to Sam from Taking on a World of Words for hosting!
The 3 W’s are:
- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish reading?
- What do you think you’ll read next?
What are you currently reading?
I’m currently reading Beach Read by Emily Henry. I’m not that far into it, just shy of 100 pages. But I’m really enjoying it so far, especially the banter between January and Gus. I like how they are rival writers who are both in a rut with their writing and decide to challenge each other to write a book in each other’s genre. That’s as far as I’ve gotten so far, but I’ve heard really good things about it, and I’m excited to see where it goes.
What did you recently finish reading?
I just finished reading Tweet Cute by Emma Lord not too long ago. I read this pretty quickly, which is why I was able to do another one of these posts. But I liked this one. It was cute and fun, and I enjoyed the mystery aspect of the story where the two main characters didn’t know they were talking to each other on an app called “Weazel” since it didn’t give their identities. That part of the book gave me A Cinderella Story vibes, which I really enjoyed. I did a full review of this book if you want to check out my more in-depth thoughts.
What do you think you’ll read next?
I’m never exactly sure what I’m going to pick up next, but I do know that I’m in the mood for a contemporary book since I’ve read a couple of books in that genre so far. It’s a toss up between The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon and one of Kasie West’s new books. I already own The Boyfriend Project since I got it from my Book of the Month subscription box, but I haven’t read a Kasie West book in a while.
So there you have it. Those are the books I’m currently reading, recently read, and might read next. What are some books you’ve read lately or are in the middle of reading? Have you read any of these books I mentioned? I’d love to know in the comments below!