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 feel like it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts. And I’ve read enough in the past couple weeks that I’m able to write one, which is pretty exciting. I first saw this on Book Coffee Happy‘s blog. Again, thanks so much to Sam from Taking on a World of Words for hosting!
The 3 W’s are:
- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish reading?
- What do you think you’ll read next?
What are you currently reading?
I recently started reading Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo. I have read her previous books, and I had absolutely loved them. So when I saw that she was coming out with another book in May, I knew I had to buy it. I’m not too far into it just yet, but I’m already really enjoying it.
One of the main things that I really enjoy about Elizabeth Acevedo’s books is that they’re written in verse. Not only that, but they’re also really powerful read. I get extremely attached and devoted to the characters’ stories, and I know that this one is going to be no different.
What did you recently finish reading?
I recently finished reading The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I have a book review on my thoughts of this book, but just know that I really enjoyed everything about it. Especially the characters. I have been reading about some well-developed characters lately, and the characters in this book were no exception.
I honestly don’t know what took me so long to pick this book up. I knew that it was beloved by many people who I follow on YouTube and Goodreads, but I wasn’t expecting it to be this good. But it was. It is. I understand why people love it so much.
What do you think you’ll read next?
There are a few books that I’m thinking about reading after I finish Clap When You Land. One of those is Elizabeth Acevedo’s debut novel, The Poet X, which I had read a couple of years ago and remember really loving.
Another one is Becky Albertalli’s newest novella that came out late last month, Love, Creekwood. Being that I love everything that Becky Albertalli writes, I know I’m going to love this one too. Plus it’s less than 200 pages, so it shouldn’t take me long to get through.
I also want to read the next few Avatar: The Last Airbender comics. Again, those are short, so I should be able to breeze right through them.
So there you have it. Those are the books that I am currently reading, have recently read, and plan on reading soon. What books are you currently reading or have recently read? I’d love to know in the comments below!