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!
So another month has come and gone. I swear this year is going by a lot faster than normal, and I can’t exactly pinpoint why. Maybe it’s because I’m home and the days are basically just blending together lately.
But a new month means I need to wrap up the previous month. And overall, I’d say May wasn’t too bad of a reading month for me. I read the average amount of books I normally read each month, so I really can’t complain. Especially since all of them were 3 stars or more.
Throughout this month, I tried really hard to slow down on the amount of audiobooks I listen to since I really want to read more physical books. I feel like the only way I get any reading done is via audiobook, and it makes me feel like less of a reader in a way sometimes because I’m not actually sitting down to read an actual book. (Does anyone else feel that way? Maybe it’s just me.)
The first book I finished this month was Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin, which I was reading in April and ended up finishing in May. I’m not going to go too much into my thoughts on the book since I did a review on it earlier in the month. But do know that I plan on reading the sequel at some point because that ending blew my mind.
I gave it a 4 stars, mainly because the ending shocked me. While I was reading, though, I kind of felt like it was going to be a 3 star only because I’m not the biggest fan of historical fiction, even though the time period that this book takes place in really interests me.
The next book I finished in May was Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire. It’s the sequel to Every Heart a Doorway, though I don’t think the books have to be read in order; they’re more like companion novels of each other. But this is one that I picked up randomly because I had the urge to listen to an audiobook, and I wound up listening to it in one sitting. But that’s mostly because the audiobook is only 4 hours, so it wouldn’t be too hard to do. I just wasn’t expecting to.
This is another one that I have a review on, so I won’t go too much into what I thought about it other than I think I liked this one better than the first one in the series. I liked following the twins, Jack and Jill and seeing the world that they fall into accidentally.
Once I finished Down Among the Sticks and Bones, I really wanted to actually read something rather than listen to a book. So I picked up Tweet Cute by Emma Lord. I didn’t know anything about this book going into it other than it sounded really cute and fluffy. And it pretty much was, though there were some heavier topics scattered throughout it.
Again, I feel like a broken record, but I have a review on this book, so I won’t go too much into my thoughts other than the fact that I felt like I wasn’t necessarily the target audience for this book since it was geared towards teenagers. Not that it wasn’t a bad book or that I didn’t enjoy it; it just felt a little juvenile for my tastes, but that’s because I’m in my 20s.
After I finished Tweet Cute, I was immediately in the mood for some cute contemporary romance books. I don’t know if it’s the warm weather or what, but lately I’ve been wanting to read fun, lighthearted books that are quick to read and make me happy. So I picked up Maybe This Time by Kasie West on audiobook. And it was exactly what I was looking for at the time. I’ve read many of Kasie West’s previous books, and while this one wasn’t my favorite, I still really enjoyed it.
For my April book I picked for the Book of the Month subscription box, I chose Beach Read, and I finally got around to reading it in May. I started off reading the physical copy of this book, but halfway through I decided to pick up the audiobook, mostly because I felt like it was taking me forever to get through the book. Not because it was a bad book or that I wasn’t enjoying it, but because I was so preoccupied with other things that it felt easier to listen to the book rather than read it.
But I plan on doing a review for this book soon, probably at the end of the week. So look out for that if you want to know my more in-depth thoughts on that book.
The only other book that I got to this month was One Piece Volume 25, but I’m in the middle of reading it. I should be able to finish it in one sitting, and I was planning on finishing it before the end of May, but that didn’t end up happening because my boyfriend and I have been binge-watching Avatar: The Last Airbender on Netflix and that has been taking up a good chunk of time.
But there you have. Those are the books that I finished this month. What are some books that you read in May? Did you have any favorites? I’d love to discuss them in the comments below!