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’m a couple days late in posting this TBR, and honestly, I don’t know how much I’m going to push myself to stick to it. There are a few books that I’m pretty set on, but the rest I’m not too sure if I’ll be in the mood to read them this month.
Typically in the warmer months, I tend to reach for more fluffy, cute, and fun books, which is normally YA contemporary or some kind of romance. And I have a couple on my list that I want to get to this month.
I actually finished a book this month, though I started it last month and it’s a manga, so it didn’t take me that long to get through. And that is One Piece volume 25. My intentions were to finish it before May ended, but that didn’t happen. I really want to continue on in the series this month.
But I also just finished Avatar the Last Airbender in May with my boyfriend, so I definitely know I want to read the comics that continue the story after the show ends. Since they’re available via an app through my local library, I’m going to binge as many as I can this month.
Other than that, I honestly don’t know what I’m in the mood to read this month. Some books I do know I want to read are contemporary romance books, but I only have a few of those on my overall TBR. I may get to them, but I’m not 100% sure if they’re what I’m in the mood for.
I’ve had The Simple Wild by KA Tucker on my Kindle for a couple of months now, and I’ve heard really good things about it. I don’t know too much of what it’s about other than it’s a romance. I’ve read other books by KA Tucker that I’ve enjoyed, so I should like this one too. At least, I’m hoping I will.
Honestly the only reason I put Moment of Truth on my TBR for this month is because I want to read a Kasie West book, and this is one of her new ones that came out in the past couple of years.
The Boyfriend Project I had gotten from the Book of the Month subscription box for May, and I didn’t get around to reading it last month. So I hope to get to it this month.
And the last book I might get to this month is one that I’ve been debating reading for a while. I read the first book in the Shadow and Bone trilogy, and I wasn’t a big fan of it. But I’ve been intrigued by Six of Crows for a while, and I haven’t picked it up because I wasn’t sure if I had to read the Shadow and Bone Trilogy first before reading Six of Crows. But from what I can tell, you don’t necessarily have to read that one before this one.
So these are what I have planned out. Again, I’m not sure if I’ll get to them this mont, but it gives me some direction if I’m completely stuck on what to read.