Well folks, we made it. Happy New Year to you! I think we can all agree that 2020 as a whole was utterly horrifying, and I’m sure we’re all glad to see the back of it. Even though the start of a new year doesn’t magically fix everything, I’m staying cautiously optimistic that there may be a return of some normality later this year 🤞
We were all totally blindsided by the events of 2020, and I know that, like me, a lot of people lost sight of their goals and instead focused on simply getting through each day. And that’s okay. I tend to be extremely hard on myself if I don’t accomplish my goals, but I absolutely refuse to let 2020 bring me down any more than it already has. I got through the year, and that’s enough.
That being said, I’m a complete glutton for punishment and – after a lot of um’ing and ah’ing – I’ve decided that I will be setting myself some casual goals for 2021. I have a few personal things I hope to accomplish this year, as well as some business goals that I may talk about in the future, but today I want to focus on my reading goals, and how I hope to broaden my reading experience in the upcoming year.
But that’s enough rambling. Let’s chat reading goals!
READ AT LEAST 100 BOOKS
I know a lot of people use their Goodreads goal as a way to challenge themselves to read more books than the previous year, but personally, I always set my goal to 100 books at the start of the year. If I know I’m going to achieve that goal early, I’ll raise the number. If not, I’ll lower it 🤷♀️ Anyway, I managed to read 108 books in 2020 (22 less than in 2019 – thanks Animal Crossing 😂), so I definitely think that 100 books will be achievable in 2021!
READ A CLASSIC EVERY MONTH
Classics are something that have always intimidated the crap out of me. I mean, if a book can stand up for long enough to become a classic, it has to be pretty damn amazing, right? I know that opinions are subjective and not everybody is going to love the same books, but the sheer volume of people who have kept these stories alive over the decades – and centuries, in some cases – in order for them to still be relevant to this day is honestly beyond my comprehension. And that scares me 😂 I read two classics in 2020, and while I did enjoy them, I think it’s going to take a while for me to get used to the different styles of writing and historical aspects of classics in general. But I’m willing to give it a shot. Like I mentioned before, I want to broaden my horizons this year, and classics have always intrigued me as much as they’ve intimidated me. I do have a list of 12 classics I hope to read this year, so stay tuned for that post coming soon 🤭
READ AT LEAST ONE NON-FANTASY BOOK EACH MONTH
So if you know me at all, you know that I read almost exclusively fantasy. From urban fantasy to high fantasy, I love it all – YA and adult alike. But in the vain of changing up my reading experience, I’ve decided that I want to try and read at least one book every month that doesn’t fall into the fantasy category (not including my chosen classic). I read several books last year that I didn’t expect to love as much as I did, and I really want to explore more genres outside of my comfort zone. Thrillers, literary fiction, mysteries, sci-fi… I want to experience it all 🤭
READ AT LEAST 50 PAGES EVERY DAY
It might seem silly to a lot of people to set myself a daily page goal, but it’s more about carving out time every day to just sit with a book. Depending on writing style, genre, and a few other factors, 50 pages can take me anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to get through which I don’t think is an unreasonable amount of time to spend reading each day. Obviously if I have time, I’ll read more than 50 pages, but I feel like that’s a good starting goal to get me back into the habit of reading every day 😊
So there you have my main reading goals for 2021. I didn’t want to put too much pressure on myself, and I feel good about this list… for now, anyway 😂 Have you set yourself any goals this year, or are you just going to play it by ear? Until next time, happy reading! 😘