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 going to be honest and say that I didn’t know what I was going to post today, but I knew that I wanted to post something. So this might be kind of a short post. And my thoughts might be kind of scattered everywhere.
I was planning on doing a review, but I haven’t finished a book yet even though I’m in the middle of two as of now. I couldn’t do a WWW Wednesday post because it would basically be the same as last week’s. So I decided I would just discuss the books that I’m in the middle of since I recently started one this week.
Last week I started Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo. And I don’t know if it’s just that I want to take it slow with the book, but it’s taking me a while to get through. Not because it’s a bad book. Honestly, if I sat down and just read for a day, I’m sure I could fly through it. It’s written in verse and pretty easy to read, even though the subject matter is kind of heavy. That might be a reason I haven’t picked it up this week. It’s a heavy book, and maybe I’m not really in the mood for that type of book. But I’m enjoying it so far from what I’ve read of it. I’m really hoping to finish it this week so I can read Elizabeth Acevedo’s other books. And when I do finish it, I definitely plan on doing a book review of it.
The other book that I’m in the middle of I wasn’t planning on reading right away. But one night, I decided I wanted to listen to an audiobook. I usually like to listen to an audiobook while I draw, and I felt like drawing. But I didn’t have an audiobook that I wanted to listen to. So while searching through the Audible app, I decided to pick up Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. I had read the first book Six of Crows last month and really enjoyed it.
I started listening to it, and now every time I draw or play on my Switch, I listen to it. It’s a chunky length for an audiobook (18 hours long), so it’s probably going to take me a while to get through. But I’m enjoying it. I feel like I’m being super productive because I’m not only just reading or just drawing but doing a couple things at once. That’s what I love about audiobooks. I know they’re not for everyone, but I love the fact that I can multitask.
So those are the books I’m currently reading. I’ve mentioned in a few blog posts at this point that I don’t typically like reading more than one book at a time because I get too focused on one then forget about the other (which is kind of what is happening this week with Clap When You Land). But hopefully I’ll be able to get through both of them this week.
What are some books that you’re currently reading? I’d love to know in the comments below!