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!
In light of everything that’s going one in the world, I want to sit and think about all of (or a majority of) the diverse books I’ve read and the ones I really want to get to. Because being that I’m not a person of color, I feel like I should educate myself as best as I can. I know I can’t ever imagine what it’s like for those who are going through this hardship firsthand. but I do know I stand with them. Even if I can’t go to protests or anything, I stand with them. Because they matter just as much as I do or anyone else. I know it’s a lot more complicated than this, but we’re all human regardless of our skin color, and it saddens me to think that there are people out there who don’t see that. But unfortunately that is the reality.
So I want to first share a couple of the diverse authors I’ve read books from, specifically those authors who are black. These books impacted me and taught me so much, though I know I have a lot more to learn. I’m not going to go into too much detail with what they are about, but just know, they are worth the read.
One of my favorite POC authors is Angie Thomas who wrote The Hate U Give and On The Come Up. They are absolutely fantastic in every way. They’re powerful and eye-opening, and they give the reader some insight on what it’s like to be black in today’s society.
Another POC author I absolutely love is Elizabeth Acevedo. I cried after reading her first book, The Poet X. And her second book, With the Fire on High was equally as good. They were so vibrant and emotional. Elizabeth Acevedo has a recent release, Clap When You Land, that I want to read very soon.
Another POC author I’ve read books from is Tomi Adeyemi. She wrote the Legacy of Orïsha series, the first book being Children of Blood and Bone. I have yet to get to the sequel, Children of Virtue and Vengeance, but I definitely plan on it soon.
Looking at the list, I feel like there are so many more diverse books out there that I should read, though these were just off the top of my head and ones that were specifically written by black authors. But it kind of shocks me that these are the only ones I read so far.
That’s why I wanted to include diverse books that I haven’t read yet, but I know I want to get too really soon. I want to expand my knowledge as much as I possibly can.
I’m currently reading The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon, and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. I’m not that far into it, but I already know that it’s most likely going to be one of my favorite books I’ve read so far this year.
Again, this list isn’t that long, and I wish I could say I’ve read more books that were written by black authors. It’s kind of shameful that I haven’t, so if you have any other suggestions, I’d love to hear them in the comments below!