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 I need to hold myself accountable for what I’m currently reading. The reason for that is because I feel like I’ve been reading the same books for weeks now (though that might be an exaggeration – it might have only been a little more than a week that I’ve been reading them). Lately I’ve become a very slow reader, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I just want to keep track of the books that I’m in the middle of so I don’t end up reading five books at once. Though I don’t think that’d ever really happen. It’s just the worse case scenario that my brain is making up.
Right now I’m almost done with Crooked Kingdoms by Leigh Bardugo. I’m listening to it on audiobook, and it’s a pretty lengthy audiobook at 18 hours. So it’s taking me a while to get through it since I haven’t been listening to it every second of every day. I’ve been listening to it in 1-2 hour spurts every so often. But I’m really enjoying it. I should definitely be able to finish it by the end of this week since I have less than 2 hours left, and since I’m reading it on 1.5x speed, it would only be a little more than an hour of listening.
I recently finished Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo. And that’s another book that took me a while to get through, but not because it’s a bad book. I just wanted to savor it while I was reading instead of flying through it. Which I knew I would have done if I had just sat down and read it for hours on end. It’s written in verse, so that alone would be a reason I’d finish it so quickly. But the story itself was so compelling that I wanted to pace myself. I have a review of the book as well as an Author Appreciation post because I think Elizabeth Acevedo deserves all the hype that she gets and then some.
The next book I plan on picking up after I finish Crooked Kingdom is Love, Creekwood by Becky Albertalli. I need more of her books in my life because honestly, they make me so happy. Even if this book is a novella and only 100 pages long. I love all of her books, and I know that this one will be no exception. Plus I need a short book to make it feel like I’m reading a lot when I finish a book in one or two sittings.
So that’s what I’ve been reading lately and what I plan on picking up soon. What are some books that you’re currently reading or have read recently? I’d love to discuss them in the comments below!