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 can’t believe another month has gone by, and we’re literally more than halfway through this year already. And I’d definitely say this has been a pretty good reading month. I was able to get through 6 books (technically 7 since I started one in May but I finished it in June), even if half of those were comics and less than 100 pages. But they still technically count as books, at least they do on Goodreads. So I count them as books too.
And most of the books I read I really enjoyed. I think there was only one book that I didn’t enjoyed, but it still was a 3 star rating for me.
The first book I finished was One Piece volume 25. I’ve been meaning to continue on in this manga series, but recently I’ve been trying to catch up in the anime to be where I am in the manga. So I’m putting this on the back burner for now considering I have to watch at least 100 episodes to be caught up to where I am in the manga series.
After reading that, I decided to pick up the comics that continue Avatar: The Last Airbender. This month I was able get through three of them, though that’s not saying much considering they’re less than 100 pages each.
I love seeing what kind of shenanigans the characters in the TV show get into after the show is over. Especially because I had grown so attached to them throughout the show.
In between reading the comics, I also read The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon. I did a whole review on it if you want to know my more in-depth thoughts. But just know that I absolutely loved it. I loved how hardworking and successful the main character is. I loved how she didn’t take any crap from anyone, especially in the beginning of the story. The first scene was enough to keep me reading the entire time.
After finishing The Boyfriend Project, I decided to continue with contemporary/romance books, and I picked up Moment of Truth by Kasie West. And I think this was the only book this month that I was truly disappointed in. But that was probably my own fault considering this book was a YA romance, and I think I’m starting to outgrow that genre as I get older. Granted I am nowhere near the age of the main character in this book (and haven’t been in a long time), but the characters just felt a little juvenile to me. Again, I have a review on this book as well if you’re interested in knowing my thoughts.
By the time I finished Moment of Truth, I was kind of burnt out on romance, so I decided to pick up a fantasy book. And that one was Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. And I don’t know what took me so long to pick it in the first place. Well, I think I was originally thinking that I’d read the Shadow and Bone trilogy that takes place in the same world and was published before Six of Crows. I was under the impression that you need to read the trilogy before reading this book, and while it probably would have helped a bit with the world, I was able to read it just fine. Yeah, it took me a while to get used to the world, but that would have happened in any fantasy book that I’d pick up. I also have a review on this book if you want to know more of my thoughts.
So there you have it. Those are the books I read in June. I’d say that it was a pretty good reading month, even if some of the books that I read were less than 100 pages.
What were some books that you read in June? I’d love to discuss them in the comments below!