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 wasn’t necessarily tagged by anyone to do this tag, but it seemed like a fun one to do. I originally saw it on Jenny’s Review Blog, and I thought I’d try it out myself.
How do you keep track of your TBR?
I’ve been an avid user of Goodreads for years now. It’s where I keep track of my overall TBR. But my monthly TBR’s I keep track of in my bullet journal.
Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?
It’s a combination of both. I’m slowly running out of physical books, and I’ve been trying to use my Kindle a bit more. But most of the books I have on my TBR I don’t own yet so it can go either way.
How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?
I’m a mood reader, so it mainly depends on what I’m in the mood to read next. I also keep a monthly TBR so I have an idea of what books I plan on reading in a month.
A book that’s been on your TBR the longest.
I’ve recently gone through my TBR on Goodreads, but as of right now it’s Night by Elie Wiesel. It’s been on my TBR since 2016, though I’m not sure if I’ll get to it anytime soon because I know it’s going to tear me apart when I read it.
A book that you recently added to your TBR.
I recently added Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. I’ve been meaning to read more diverse books, and this one has a lot of awards and praise.
A book that is on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover.
I’d be lying if I said I don’t base whether I pick up a book on its cover, but I feel like a lot of readers do that. There currently aren’t many that I’ve solely put on my TBR because of the cover, but one that has a beautiful cover is The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper.
A book on your TBR that you never plan on actually reading.
Last year, I put the book Pirates: The Complete History from 1300 BC to the Present Day on my TBR. But it’s not a book that I never plan on reading. It’s just one that I don’t think I’ll read in one sitting like I would with a fiction novel. It’s more of a textbook that I can only read in short spurts.
An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for.
I’ve been waiting for Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett to be released all year. It was supposed to be published in May, but because of Covid-19, the publication date was pushed back until November. I’m hoping it doesn’t get pushed back again because I really want to read it.
A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read except you.
That’s like 90% of my TBR. But one book that I haven’t read yet that everyone has read is Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. But I plan on reading it soon.
A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you.
There aren’t any specific books that I’ve been directly recommended, but many of the books on my TBR I have found based on people on YouTube or Goodreads. One is Aurora Rising by Aimee Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.
A book on your TBR that you are just dying to read.
Most of the books on my TBR I’m dying to read, but one that I’m am absolutely dying to read is Love, Creekwood by Becky Albertalli. I will basically read anything that she publishes no matter what.
The number of books on your Goodreads TBR shelf.
I currently have 35 books on my Goodreads TBR, but that’s only because I’ve gone through my TBR and deleted a bunch off of it that I wasn’t interested in anymore.