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 enjoy gushing about the authors who bring me so much happiness when I read their books, so I wanted to do another one of these posts. Because there are so many authors I love who deserve all the hype and recognition for their amazing books. And Becky Albertalli is one of them.
So I know that Becky Albertalli is an author who already has some hype from her debut novel Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, but like I said, she deserves all the hype for all of her books. They’re so wholesome and pure and amazing that I seriously feel like everyone should read them. Or be like me and read them over and over again because they’re just that good.
I read Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda for the first time back in 2016 even though the book was released in 2015 and already had a lot of hype by the time I read it. But once I read it, I fell in love. Not only with the characters but the way that it made me feel all the feels. Everything about the book felt so genuine: the characters and their friendships, the diversity in the characters, everything. The first time I read it, I read it in a day. That’s how much I loved it.
A major part of the book was the mystery: Simon was emailing back and forth with another student who called himself Blue. So the relationship that they formed wasn’t based on looks, but personality. And that’s something that I loved about the book. There were also pop culture references, which I thoroughly appreciated.
Her second novel, The Upside of Unrequited, is probably one that I related to the most when I first read it. I actually just read it again for the third time back in April. And each time I’ve read it, I loved it even more. I loved the fact that it dealt with anxiety and depression in a way that was believable. As someone who deals with mental illness, I could relate to the way that the main character, Molly, was feeling a majority of the time.
There were so many diverse characters, and that’s something else that I love about Becky Albertalli’s book. Not only does she talk about relevant topics and current events through her books, but all of the characters aren’t cookie-cutter, stock characters. They are all unique in their own way, which makes them more realistic. For instance, this book came out when gay marriage became legal, so Molly’s moms were able to finally have a wedding and get married. I really appreciated that little detail in the book because it made these characters feel like they could honestly be anyone walking down the street and not fictional characters.
Her third book, Leah on the Off Beat, was probably my least favorite of her, but I still really loved it when I read it. I actually think it’s the only book of hers that I haven’t read more than once, which I think that needs to be remedied soon. But I loved the fact that there were cameos of previous characters in this book. You get to see where Simon ended up the next year, and knowing how much I loved Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, I was really happy to see interactions with him and the main character.
Becky Albertalli always writes romance in a way that honestly melts my heart and makes me feel all the emotions. I’d honestly read anything that she publishes at this point. Which is why I picked up Love, Creekwood without hesitation. Even though it’s only a 100 page novella, I knew I need to read it. I love these characters like they’re my family, and I seriously can’t get enough.
Other than her solo novels, she also collaborated with other authors to write some pretty great books as well. She wrote a book with Adam Silvera called What if it’s Us as well as a book with Aisha Saeed called Yes No Maybe So. Both of those books I really enjoyed, though they weren’t my favorites of hers. I never read anything by either of the two authors she collaborated with, so maybe that’s why I didn’t like them quite as much. But they were still really enjoyable reads.
I also follow her on Instagram, and even on there, she presents herself with such realness and compassion. I feel like she doesn’t come across as just a public face, but a real person. Which sounds weird because I know that she’s a real person, but sometimes when I follow authors on social media, they don’t come across as real. They’re just putting up an act for their readers. But Becky Albertalli doesn’t. She posts about realtime issues that are going on in the world as well as pictures of her family. I mean, yes, she is promoting her books and the TV and movie adaptations of those books, but she doesn’t bombard your feed with ads about her books. It’s a nice balance of both.
So there you have it. A complete gush about probably my all-time favorite author. Have you read anything by Becky Albertalli? I’d love to discuss it in the comments below!