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!
The following is from Goodreads:
At sixteen, Hadley Moore knows exactly who she is—a swimmer who will earn a scholarship to college. Totally worth all the hard work, even if her aching shoulders don’t agree.
So when a guy dressed as Hollywood’s latest action hero, Heath Hall, crashes her swim meet, she isn’t amused. Instead, she’s determined to make sure he doesn’t bother her again. Only she’s not sure exactly who he is.
The swim meet isn’t the first event the imposter has interrupted, but a little digging turns up a surprising number of people who could be Heath Hall, including Hadley’s ex-boyfriend and her best friend’s crush. She soon finds herself getting caught up in the mysterious world of the fake Heath Hall.
As Hadley gets closer to uncovering the masked boy’s identity, she also discovers some uncomfortable truths about herself—like she might resent the long shadow her late brother has cast over her family, that she isn’t as happy as she pretends to be with her life choices…and that she’s falling for the last guy she ever thought she would like.
In the past, I have really enjoyed Kasie West’s books, but the last couple that I’ve read from her have felt kind of juvenile to me. That’s probably because I’m no longer a teenage girl who is dealing with some of the issues that the main character, Hadley, goes through during the story. But I’m going to start with some things that I did enjoy in the book, because even though I wasn’t a big fan of it, it was still an enjoyable read.
There was a sense of mystery (and anyone who’s been following my blog for a while knows how much I enjoy a Cinderella Story type mystery where one of the main characters doesn’t know who the other is. But in this story, the mystery revolved around a masked student at the school who did crazy stunts at different events. That alone was enough to keep me reading the entire time.
I also really enjoyed the love interest. He was cocky and witty and just overall a lot of fun. His personality made for some interesting dialogue between him and Hadley. That made the story feel lighthearted and fun, even when there were some serious topics thrown in throughout. And in the end, the main character learned some really important life lessons.
But all of that didn’t make me love the book. I liked it, but there were parts where it fell flat for me. And that was mostly with the way that Hadley reacted to a lot of what was going on, especially with the masked student. It seemed like she was always looking to argue when something didn’t go her way. I know that’s probably partially because of her age, but it made her seem a lot more childish.
Also when the mystery was revealed (I won’t spoil it for anyone who still wants to read the book), it felt kind of anticlimactic. Though I wouldn’t have guessed who was behind the mask at all. But it didn’t leave me stunned or anything. I was just like Oh okay, so that happened and moved on.
Overall, I did enjoy the book for what it was: a fast-paced, lighthearted YA contemporary that was pretty cute. Would I recommend it? Sure, if you’re interested in YA contemporary and have read other books by this author. But I wouldn’t say that it was anything groundbreaking or that it changed my life in any way.
Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Have you read any of Kasie West’s previous books? I’d love to discuss them in the comments below!