The Outstanding Blogger Award — Take 3

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 I’ve been tagged in another Blogger Award, and this time it’s The Outstanding Blogger Award! Thank you so much to Abby @beyondtheread for nominating me! If you haven’t followed her blog, I highly recommend checking it out because she creates some awesome posts.


The Rules:

  1. Provide the link to the creator’s original award post. (Very important: see why in step 5.) The original post by Colton Beckwith can be found here.
  2. Answer the questions provided.
  3. Create 7 unique questions.
  4. Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator nor the blogger that nominated you can be nominated.
  5. At the end of 2020, every blog that pings-back the creator’s original post will be entered to win the 2020 Outstanding Blogger Award!

The Questions:

Who is your blogging inspiration?

That’s a tough one because there are so many bloggers I admire and find inspiration from. If I had to choose, I’d probably say dinipandareads and Katie @meltingpages. I’m always so excited to read their blog posts, and everything they write is so well done.

What are the three most recent additions to your TBR?

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss; The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab; and Well Played by Jen DeLuca. I’m hoping to get to them relatively soon because they all sound really good. Then again, I have so many books on my TBR that I might not get to them as soon as I want.

What’s your latest non-bookish obsession?

I’ve been really into drawing lately. I recently got myself an iPad and the Apple pencil, and I’ve been drawing like crazy. If you’re interested, you can check out my Instagram where I post my drawings. Right now, I’ve been doing a monthly drawing challenge for October.

Pick two, drop one: plot, characters, or writing?

Ooooh that’s a tough one. I feel like all of those elements are so important to a story. I don’t know how I’d drop any of them. But if I had to, I’d probably say writing only because if the plot and characters aren’t interesting, I won’t be invested in the story. I can kind of look past poor writing, even if it pains me.

Do you play any instruments?

Unfortunately I don’t; my boyfriend does. He plays so many (guitar, bass, piano, drums, harp), and he has been meaning to try to teach me something. I’ve tried playing the keyboard and the drums, but for some reason, I’m not good at keeping rhythm.

Where do you feel most at peace?

I’d have to say in my room. It’s where my books are; it’s where I can be alone and relax when I need to get away from my crazy family. It’s especially peaceful when I can blast my music in my headphones and block out the world.

What’s your favorite fall drink?

It’s probably basic AF to say a pumpkin spice latte. But I haven’t had one this season yet unfortunately. So I’m just going to say coffee in general. Anything warm is my favorite when it’s cold outside.

My Questions:

  1. Three fun facts about yourself.
  2. How long have you been reviewing books/blogging in general?
  3. What got you into reading?
  4. What’s your go-to genre? Why?
  5. What are your top five favorite authors?
  6. What’s your favorite movie of all time?
  7. What book has disappointed you this year?

I tag:

[dinipandareads | Katie @meltingpages | Toastiebooks | Frappes and Fiction | A Little Haze Book Blog | The Midnight Book Blog | The Geekish Brunette | Fiction Fixer | Odd and Bookish | Suzys Cozy World]

As always, don’t feel pressured to do this tag if it’s not something that you’re interested in. But thank you again to Abby @beyondtheread for nominating me!

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Published by The Reading Addict

I am a twenty-something-year-old who is an avid reader. I love anything from young adult fantasy to adult fiction to young adult contemporary.

8 thoughts on “The Outstanding Blogger Award — Take 3

  1. I loved reading your answers Alexis!! I agree that I need to get to Addie LaRue as soon as possible — I love VE Schwab’s books and I’ve heard nothing but great things 😊 And dropping writing as an element is a sound choice… I personally can’t invest myself in a book without good writing, but that doesn’t seem to be the opinion of the majority 😅 Great post as always!

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