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:
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .
A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes
Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
I’m going to start off by saying that I didn’t read the Shadow and Bone trilogy before reading this book. I had read the first book in that series but hadn’t continued on. I really didn’t have much interest in finishing that series, which is why it took me so long to read this book. I wasn’t sure if it was absolutely crucial to read that before reading Six of Crows. But I read it, and while there were some things that I wasn’t as familiar with (like some terms used in the world) if I had read the previous trilogy, I wasn’t completely lost.
I was immediately invested in these characters when I first started reading. I became devoted in their stories and the heist that they were thrown into together. The characters were honestly the main aspect of the book that I really enjoyed. I found them all equally enjoyable for the most part, and they were all extremely distinct from one another. But of course I had favorites.
I absolutely loved Kas and his backstory the most. Every time there was a flashback, I was completely immersed. I loved learning backstories of characters, and Kas is no different. It gave him such depth and made my love and sympathy for him grow even more. I also really enjoyed Nina’s character. Just her powers in general were really interesting to read about.
The world that Leigh Bardugo created was intriguing; it was rich and vivid and full of life. I felt like I was with the characters while they went on the heist. She was really good at describing the setting with each place that the group went.
I can definitely see where all the hype comes from. I honestly don’t know why I took so long to pick this up. Besides the fact that I hadn’t read the Shadow and Bone trilogy before this. Either way, I’m really glad that I did because it was such a fun ride. I will definitely be picking up the sequel very soon.
I’m sure a lot of you guys have already read this book. What did you think of this book? Did your expectations live up to the hype that is surrounding it? I’d love to know your thoughts on the book in the comments below!