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 want to start off by saying this is probably going to be a short post. I just wanted to briefly mention the book I’m planning on reading this weekend and the one that I plan to pick up after.
I’m currently in the middle of reading Beach Read by Emily Henry. I feel like I’ve been reading this book for awhile now, and while I’m really enjoying it, I’m looking forward when I can pick something else up. I initially wanted to take my time on it, but I really want to see how it ends (the struggle of being a reader, am I right?) But I caved and picked up the audiobook so I should be able to fly through the rest pretty quickly.
Being as it’s the end of my, my goal is to at least finish Beach Read this weekend. If I can do that, then I’d call it a success. But maybe if I’m lucky, I’ll be able to pick something else up too. I’m kind of leaning towards picking up the next volume of One Piece since I typically get through manga pretty fast, and I’ve also been meaning to continue on in the series.
I don’t think I’ll be able to get through too much else this weekend before the month ends, I don’t really want to start anything that will end up being finished in June. But honestly, who really knows what I’m going to pick up. I surprise myself sometimes. For all I know, I might pick something up that’s not even on my May TBR. Who knows. As I’ve mentioned, I am a mood reader. There’s no telling what I’m going to want to read at any given time.
And I do plan on making a June TBR soon, probably next week as well as a May Wrap Up. So keep an eye out for those in the upcoming week.
Here’s to a great weekend of reading!
What are you currently reading? I’d love to know in the comments below!