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 know we’re pretty much halfway through summer already, but I wanted to talk about my summer reading plans, which essentially is my summer TBR for the most part. Like all my other TBR posts, this isn’t a definitive list of books that I’m going to be reading, but just an idea of ones that I’m thinking about getting around to this summer. I’m not going to go too much into what the books are about, and I’m just going to list the books.
Most of these books are ones that I either have had my eye on for a while now or ones that I want to read again. They’re a mix between contemporary and fantasy, since lately I’ve been in the mood for both of those genres.
So being that it’s already July, I have read a few books on this list. I read a few of them in June, which you can see more about in my June Wrap Up, but I also am in the middle of a couple.
The ones that I read in June were:
- The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon
- Moment of Truth by Kasie West
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
- Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise (parts 1-3)
- One Piece volume 25
Since July started, I have already read The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater and am in the middle of Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo as well as Crooked Kingdoms by Leigh Bardugo. I don’t usually read more than one book at a time, but I felt like since I listened to Six of Crows on audiobook, I should do the same with the sequel.
The other books that I plan on reading hopefully at some point this summer include:
- One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London
- The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (which would be a reread)
- Love, Creekwood by Becky Albertalli
- The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Mason (again, a reread)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling (reread)
- Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia (should just make August the month of rereads)
- Avatar: The Last Airbender comics
- The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
So those are the books that I plan to read this summer. My library is also doing a summer reading program even though they’re not technically open. It’s all digital through an app where they’ve posted challenges and missions for us to complete. In other words, I really hope to get through these books and so many more this summer to be able to complete as many challenges the librarians have set.
Have you read any of these books? What’d you think of them if you have? Also, what books do you plan on reading this summer? I’d love to discuss them in the comments below!