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’m not sure if these types of posts have been done before because I don’t see them often. But I think I’m going to try to do this as a more regular kind of post because I want to shine some light on authors who might not necessarily be the most hyped or ones that people don’t talk about a lot either in blog posts, on YouTube, or on Goodreads. Either that, or authors I find recently who I want to gush about.
The first author who comes to mind when I think about authors who aren’t necessarily as hyped as much they should be is Elizabeth Acevedo. I know she’s pretty popular of an author, but I just want to give her more love because she honestly deserves it. Her books are amazing, and I feel like everyone needs to read them.
I first read her debut book, The Poet X, back in 2018. I picked it up on a whim when I found out that my local library had it on audiobook. I had known that it had good ratings, but going into it, I didn’t know what it was about other than the fact that it was written in verse. But that’s really all I needed to know because I hadn’t read a book written in verse in a while.
It was such a powerful read, and I loved the fact that it was centered around poetry and words and how those can give a voice to someone who might otherwise feel like she doesn’t have one. I’m pretty sure this book made me cry at the end of it. That’s how much of an impactful book it was.
I read her second book With the Fire on High last year, and again, it was just so powerful. Not only that, this one had to do with cooking and food, and everything that the main character made sounded amazing. It had me drooling as I was reading.
Her recent release came out in May of this year, and I couldn’t be more excited to read it. I’m actually currently reading it and absolutely loving it. Elizabeth Acevedo just has a way of creating so much emotion in her characters that make you feel so deeply for them. She gives her characters so much depth that you forget that you’re reading a book; you have to stop to realize that the people you’re reading about aren’t actually real people but fictional characters. But they feel so real.
I also want to briefly mention that these books are extremely diverse not only with the subject matter but also with the characters. Their struggles are real and especially poignant in today’s society. Some of the situations that these characters deal with real people deal with on a daily basis, and it truly is an honor to be able to step into their shoes while reading these books.
So there you have it. Have you read anything by Elizabeth Acevedo? I’d love to know in the comments below! And if you haven’t picked up any book by her, I strongly recommend that you do so. You won’t be disappointed in the slightest.