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 got this idea from Perpetual Pages on YouTube where they did a video on Islander Book Recs, but they recommended manga series based on their villagers and their personalities. Since I don’t read a lot of manga series, I just chose different books that I thought would fit my villagers on my island based on their personalities.
Portia: Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore
She is a “snooty” personality type, and I thought she might be interested in historical romance. She seems the type that would get caught up in all the Victorian drama and politics that are known to happen in those types of books. And those kinds of things definitely happen in this book. There’s also a lot of empowering women throughout the book as well, and I think she would be all for that.
Sherb: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
He’s a “lazy” personality type, so I thought he’d be interested in a book that not too short. He probably wouldn’t want anything too long since he’s always falling asleep and talking about making snack runs. Just like this book, he’s a gem and I love him so much. He’s so pure and sweet that I seriously can’t get enough of him.
June: Simon vs the Homo Sapien’s Agenda by Becky Albertalli
She calls me rainbow, and it melts my heart each time I talk to her. She’s so sweet and honestly one of my favorite villages on my island. She’s always so bright and cheery. I think she would love this book, and not only because she calls me rainbow. She seems so excepting of everyone, and I think she would die for this book the way I did when I read it.
Lopez: Any of T.S. Eliot’s poetry
I don’t think he’d be interested in novels per se, but more interested in poetry. Especially classic poetry. Almost every time I talk to him or he’s in the middle of a conversation with another villager, he talks about writing poetry. I’d think he’d be inspired by T.S. Eliot or any other classic poet, to be honest. He’s a “smug” personality type, and when I first got him on my island, I didn’t know how I felt about him. But he’s grown on me since then, especially since he talks about poetry a lot and sends his poems to the other villagers.
Fauna: Any book by Kasie West
She’s a breath of fresh air, and I can see her reading cute YA contemporary books. She has that type of personality that is just so warm and welcoming. She’s relatively new to my island, and I think she is absolutely adorable. So it’d only be fitting that she’d read books that are cute and adorable like she is.
Static: Vicious by V.E. Schwab
He’s my grumpy villager on my island, and I can see him reading something that blurs the lines between good and evil like this book does. I say that because he comes across as mean and possibly rude since he always looks like he’s in a bad mood; he dresses like he’d be this gothic, grungy type since he’s always wearing black and his house is decorated with the dark walls and furniture. But he’s actually really sweet when you talk to him, and he gets along really well with the other villagers.
Marina: Any John Green book (i.e. Turtles All the Way Down or Looking for Alaska)
She is cute and fun, like my other normal type villagers (June and Fauna), but I can see her reading YA contemporaries that have some depth to them, ones that aren’t all cute and bubbly all the time. That’s why I can see her reading a John Green book, specifically Turtles All the Way Down or Looking for Alaska. They’re fun, sure, but they’re also kind of dark in the sense that they have serious topics sprinkled in them.
Bam: One Piece by Eiichiro Oda
I can see Bam looking to go on some grand adventure, which is what Luffy does in this manga series. Being a “jock” type, I think Bam would like to imagine himself fighting all these bad guys, especially if he could get a full-body workout from it.
Anabelle: Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Anabelle is one of the original villagers I got, and she’s a “peppy” personality type. I think she would really enjoy this book mainly because of the playlists that are strewn about the book. I think she’d enjoy being able to discover new music. She’s an inspiring pop star after all.
Rocket: Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
Okay, so I did this one a little differently. The book isn’t necessarily based on Rocket’s personality but how I feel about her on my island. I liked her in the beginning when I first started playing considering she was one of the first villagers I got, or well, was on my island initially. As I continue playing, I realize how much I don’t really like her. Kind of how I am with Twilight; I liked it when I first read it 10 years ago, but I’ve grown up and realize that there are so many better books that I love even more. That’s how I feel about Rocket. I really want her to move, so I can get someone new.
So there you have it. Those are my book recommendations based on the villagers I have on my island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. This was a lot of fun to do, and I’d take any excuse to write about Animal Crossing. If you’re a big Animal Crossing fan, I’d encourage you to try this out! And definitely go watch Perpetual Pages‘ video on YouTube with their recommendations.