Happy new year, homebodies! After the disaster that was the year-we-shall-not-speak-of, I think we’re all hoping for some good times this year so let’s focus on manifesting the best possible 2021. It’s that time of year when we all share goals and resolutions for the next 12 months and so I’d like to do something similar with a bookish spin. That’s right, I’m talking about my reading plans and goals for 2021!
Let’s start with the most obvious one: my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal. I spent a lot of time debating this with myself. Every goal I could think of that was in the realm of realistic didn’t seem like I was challenging myself all that much. But you want a goal to be achievable right?
After some serious consideration, I’ve decided to go with 150 books. It’s only a small amount more than I read this year and I’m pretty confident that I can make it work.
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There are a few other reading challenges that I’ve already committed myself to and these are:
- Popsugar 2021 Reading Challenge
- Book Riot’s 2021 Read Harder Challenge
- Booksandlala’s Buzzword Reading Challenge
Between them, there are 76 prompts plus 10 advanced prompts. I’m hoping to combine these wherever possible so that I can read one book that meets two separate prompts from two different challenges. So far I’ve only come up with one book that will meet prompts from all three challenges at once and that’s With The Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo.
Personal Reading Goals
On top of challenges I just discussed, I also have a few goals of my own that I want to achieve. The big one is obviously diversity. I want to champion diverse reads as much as possible so I’ll be reading even more widely in 2021 and beyond. That doesn’t just mean more books by authors of colour but also authors that fit into other marginalised groups eg LGBTQIA+, those with disabilities or neurodiversity and so on. I also want to read more translated books – both fiction and non-fiction.
One of my specific interests for the year is going to be on history and culture. I’m really eager to learn more about countries and cultures that are not familiar to me. For example, Indigenous culture and history is really interesting to me so you’ll notice me exploring that a bit more in depth this year.
I’m also determined to read books from every continent in 2021. I’ve even created a map so that I can track this goal.
Some other goals I want to achieve in 2021 are to try to read more:
- Series books
- Science fiction and fantasy
- Middle grade
- Books from my backlist
- Hyped books that I haven’t read yet
New-To-Me Authors I Want To Read in 2021
There are so many authors out there whose works pique my interest but time is limited and for one reason or another, I just haven’t gotten around to them yet. So here’s a short list of 10 authors I definitely want to read this year:
- Blake Crouch
- Leigh Bardugo
- Marie Lu
- Haruki Murakami
- Peter Swanson
- Nnedi Okorafor
- Tahereh Mafi
- Seanan Mcguire
- Frederick Backman
- Sandhya Menon
Weekly Reading Updates
From January 8th, I’ll be doing a weekly reading update. This is essentially a reading log but I’ll also be talking about books I’ve added to my TBR, book purchases, galleys and the like. But wait, there’s more! There are two new bookish topics that I’ll be exploring through these posts; children’s picture books and cookbooks.
My 3 year old loves reading and I’ve wanted to talk about children’s books for a while but had no idea how to suddenly incorporate it into my blog. Until now! It’ll start as a log but hopefully by the end of the year I’ll be able to start sharing book lists and recommendations.
As for the cookbook stuff, well… We have several that we never seem to use. And I wanted to change that. So every few weeks we’ll be taking a recipe from one of our cookbooks, try it out in the kitchen and then let you know how we got on. Did it taste great? And of course, what did the finished product really look like when prepared by people with minimal cooking skills? You’ll find out very soon. All you need to do is keep an eye out for my weekly reading updates.
So that’s pretty much everything that I have planned so far for 2021. What are your reading goals for the new year? Let me know in the comments below!
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