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’ve been seeing this tag done a lot on YouTube, and the most recent one I saw was by Riley Marie. That inspired me to do this tag, just to see what I’ve read in 2020, and hold myself accountable for what I read in the next six months of this year.
1. What was your favorite book you’ve read so far?
I won’t count the books that I’ve reread or the manga that are continuations of a series, but I’d have to say Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer. I remember finishing that book and the first thought I had was that I’ve found my new favorite book. I do have a book review of it if you want to read me literally gushing about it.
2. The best sequel you’ve read so far?
I feel like I haven’t read many sequels so far this year, but the one that stands out is Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire. I’m not sure if it’s a direct sequel since the events that happen in the book don’t happen right after the first one, but all the books in the series are technically connected. Again, I have a review of this book if you’re interested in my thoughts.
3. A new release that you haven’t read yet but want to?
I recently received One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London in my Book of the Month subscription box, though it technically hasn’t come out yet. It’s supposed to be released in the beginning of July, but I’m excited to read it.
4. What is your most anticipated release for the second half of this year?
That would probably have to go to Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett. I’ve been waiting for this to be released all year so far. It was originally supposed to be released in May, and now it’s not supposed to be released until November.
5. The biggest disappointment of the year so far.
I’ve pretty much enjoyed a majority of the books I’ve read so far this year, but one disappointment that stood out for me would be Tweet Cute by Emma Lord. Not that I didn’t enjoy it; there were just parts of it that fell flat for me. The same goes for Moment of Truth by Kasie West.
6. The biggest surprise of the year so far?
I’d have to say Verity by Colleen Hoover. That book just messed with my mind in so many ways.
7. A new favorite author! (Either a debut or new to you author)?
A lot of the books that I’ve read this year, now that I’m looking back, have been by authors who I never read anything by. But a new favorite would probably be Emily Henry or Farrah Rochon. I’d definitely consider picking up more books by them in the future.
8. Newest fictional crush?
I haven’t really had any fictional crushes in a while sadly.
9. Newest favorite character?
I’d probably have to say Samiah from The Boyfriend Project. She was just so badass and strong-willed. Not only that, but she was extremely successful, which was inspiring.
10. A book that made you cry?
Surprisingly, none of the books I’ve read this year have made me cry. Yet.
11. A book that made you happy?
There are so many books that made me happy, but if I just had to list a couple, they’d probably be The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon and Beach Read by Emily Henry. That’s not to mention the ones that I reread this year, like The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli or Harry Potter.
12. The most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year.
That would hands down have to go to All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace. That cover is just stunning.
13. What books do you still need to read by the end of the year?
I have a never ending list of books that I want to read, though I’m not really pushing myself to read any specific book by the end of the year. I’ll read what I’m in the mood to read at the time.
So there you have it, The Mid Year Freakout Tag. If you want to join in doing this tag, feel free! I’d love to read some of your answers to these questions.