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!
So when I was making my TBR list for this month, I went off of what I put on my Summer Reading Plans. I also knew based off of what I read in July, I didn’t want to put too many books on this list since I didn’t read as many books as I put on my TBR for last month. I noticed that a lot of these books are rereads. So, for the most part, August is going to be the month of rereads for me.
The rereads on this list are ones that I loved in the past, and I want to read again because I know that they’re going to make me happy. And I think that’s the type of book I want to read right now. Especially after reading Love, Creekwood by Becky Albertalli. I want to revisit the characters in these books that I loved like I did in that novella.
One books is The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. This is another reason I wanted to read some books again. I read her recent book Clap When You Land last month, and it made me want to read her debut book again. I loved it; it made me feel so many things (it actually made me cry at the end if I am remembering right). I want to read more of her books, even though I already read all of the books that she’s published as of right now.
Another book that I want to read again is The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. It’s been a while since I’ve read a Morgan Matson book, and I think it’s time to get back into one of her stories. I tend to read them in the summer, so being that it’s summer, it’d make sense that I’d read one of her books this month. And The Unexpected Everything is one of them that I haven’t read as many times as her other books. I mean, I remember the main character walks dogs. Though I remember it taking me a while to get through (and I mean it’s over 500 pages, so it’d probably take anyone a while to get through).
I also want to try to to reread Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia. This is one of my favorite books that deals with mental illness. And I really loved it the first time I read it (and the second time too). I loved how unique it was in the fact that the main character was a content creator, someone you wouldn’t expect to have anxiety or depression or any kind of mental illness. But it’s so good, and I can’t wait to be with these characters again.
A few books on this list actually aren’t rereads. A couple are sequels in a series. One of them is a book that I got from my Book of the Month subscription back in June.
I want to continue with the Avatar comics, and I’m already ahead of the game. I read the first part of Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Search. I want to get to the next two parts, and if I’m feeling ambitious, I could read more in the series (since each comic is only 80 pages).
I want to continue the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater this month. I really enjoyed The Raven Boys, and I want to see what happens to the characters in the next book. I know I am late on this bandwagon, but I’m really excited to read the series.
I listened to it on audiobook, so that’s probably how I’ll read the next books. Having multiple character perspectives, it was great hearing the different voices in the narration.
One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London is the book that I got in June from my Book of the Month subscription. I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet, but it’s definitely one that I want to get through soon. I know I put this on my TBR for the past couple of months, but I do really want to read it. Eventually. A lot of these books are long, so I don’t know how many I’ll actually get to this month.
So those are the books that I want to get to this month. I’m really not sure how many of these books I will actually be able to get through this month. But I’m going to try my best. That might mean I might pick up a majority of the audiobooks for these books.
What books do you plan on reading this month? Have you read any of these books or plan on reading any of these books? I’d love to know in the comments below!