The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater | Book Review

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:

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

MY THOUGHTS:

This book took me by surprise, and I don’t know why it took me so long to pick it up. But I’m so glad that I did. There was so much that I really loved, and I’m not sure if there was anything that I didn’t like.

I think the main thing that I really liked were the characters. Lately I’ve been really liking books with a large cast of characters. While I know they’re completely different books, The Raven Boys reminded me of Six of Crows just in the fact that there were so many characters that you followed throughout the story. And I really liked that aspect because I was able to grow attached to so many amazing characters.

I don’t know which character was my favorite in this book. It’s honestly a toss up between Gansey and Adam, but I liked their characters for different reasons.

Gansey was such a complex character. He was one that I wasn’t sure I liked in the beginning of the story, but absolutely loved by the end of it. He are so much about his fiends and would do anything for them. Not only that, but he also had his own issues that he was trying to work through. There were so many twists and turns in his story that kept me interested in his character.

Adam I just wanted to wrap in my arms and tell him everything was going to be okay. He was so pure and genuine and soft. All he wanted was to find his place in the world. Similarly to Gansey, he had so many difficult issues to deal with, and that made me feel for him so much more.

Then there was the whole thing with Noah. I’m not sure how many of you guys have read this book, but if you have, then you know what I’m talking about when it comes to his story. It honestly blew my mind, and I wasn’t expecting it whatsoever.

Besides the characters, I really liked the setting of this book. I liked the fact that despite it being a fantasy, it was set in our world. I feel that is my favorite type of fantasy, and this was exactly what I was looking for when I decided to pick up a fantasy. It’s not too complicated, at least in the sense that the world and setting were easy to fall into.

So there you have it. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I wish I hadn’t waited so long to pick it up in the first place, but I’m definitely plan on continuing in the series in the near future. I need to see where these characters wind up in the next books.

Have you read this book? If so, what’d you think about it? I’d love to know in the comments below!

Published by The Reading Addict

I am a twenty-something-year-old who is an avid reader. I love anything from young adult fantasy to adult fiction to young adult contemporary.

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