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!
Today, I wanted to do the stuck at home book tag, even though I wasn’t necessarily tagged by anyone. I really enjoy doing tags; they’re fun and quick and a chance to talk about something I don’t normally talk about. But I originally found this tag on jessicacwrites’ blog and decided to do the tag myself. So even though she didn’t necessarily tag me specifically, I’d like to thank her for doing the tag in the first place because that’s how I found it.
- Thank the person who nominated you
- Answer all the questions down below
- Link back to the creator: Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx
- Nominate 5+ bloggers you’d like to know more about, to do this tag
What are you currently reading?
I’m currently reading Love, Creekwood by Becky Albertalli. It’s not that long considering it’s a novella, but I love that I get to be with the characters that I loved so much in her previous books.
What’s your favorite “can’t leave the house” activity?
At the being of quarantine, I became obsessed with Animal Crossing: New Horizons. It came out in the middle of March, so it honestly was the perfect timing. Then again, I didn’t do much else than play that game.
Recently, I’ve been doing a lot of drawing. I bought myself an iPad and have been drawing on the app Procreate. And I’m obsessed honestly. I’m not much of an artist, but I wanted to practice drawing more.
With both of these activities, I’ve been listening to more audiobooks since they take up so much of my time. I don’t want to cut reading out of my life, so I found a way of multitasking that works pretty well so I can do both.
A book you’ve been meaning to read forever?
There are so many books on my TBR that I’ve been meaning to read that it’d be hard to just pick one. But one that’s been on my TBR the longest has to be Night by Ellie Wiesel. And I think the only reason I haven’t picked it up is because I know it’s going to destroy me when I do.
An intimidating book on your TBR?
I have many books on my TBR that are pretty intimidating, mostly because of their size. For instance, I’ve been putting off the next book in the Mistborn trilogy because it’s over 700 pages. Plus it’s a high fantasy, which is a genre that takes me a while to get through. I also read the first book more than a year ago I think.
Top 3 priority books on your TBR?
- One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London
- Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
- The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper
Recommend a short book!
I’m not sure what the definition of a short book would be, so I’m going to guess it’s anything less than 400 pages? Either way, I’d recommend Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo (or anything by her honestly).
Recommend a long book!
I haven’t read many long books lately. But the one that comes to mind is Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Though I’m pretty sure everyone has read that book by now.
Something you’d love to do while stuck at home?
I already do so much while I’ve been home. I’ve been reading, playing video games, and drawing. Though I’d thought I’d have been doing more reading than I’ve actually been doing.
Though I recently decided to take some online courses to get my certification in editing. So that’s something I’m going to be working on while at home. As well as trying to get my Etsy shop up and running more.
What do you plan on reading next?
When I finish Love, Creekwood, I’m not sure what I’m going to pick up. Whatever is next on my TBR, which I think is One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London or The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater.
I don’t know who hasn’t done this tag yet, but if you want to do this post, consider yourself tagged!