Happy new year, lovelies! 💛
Question for you: do you set yourself new year’s resolutions? Usually I only ever set myself a reading goal for how many books I want to read and a handful of personal resolutions but this year there’s a few things I’d really like to achieve with my reading. I’m going to try my hardest to hold myself accountable too, I even put a tracker in the beginning of my reading journal so I can reflect on whether or not I’ve met each goal every month.
In no particular order, here’s five of my reading goals for 2021:
Goal 1 – Read 50 books.
This first one is pretty standard – this year I’d really like read at least 50 books. I normally up my goal by 5 books every year but last year I actually managed to hit my goal of 35 and, for the first time, pass it! For 2021, I wanted to set a bit of a higher goal just to see if I can do it again. I’m not going to put to much pressure on this goal though, it’s quality not quantity that matters after all.
Goal 2 – Actively seek out more diverse works.
This one is the most important for me going into this year. Even though I feel like the books I read are quite diverse in genre and setting, I really want to make more of an effort to find and read more books by People of the Global Majority and own voices authors. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s only in recent years that I’ve realised the importance of consuming media that represents experiences outside of our own, particularly as a white, cis woman. By the end of the year, I’d really like to tip the ratio and have read more diverse titles than those by cis/straight/white/able-bodied/neurotypical/etc. authors. More than that, I want to use my blog and bookstagram to share as many of them with you lovely lot as I possibly can.
Goal 3 – Read more Non-Fiction books.
This was actually a goal I set for myself last year too and failed miserably at. I promise, I had the best of intentions but 2020 just got away from me. Before I knew it, November was here and I still hadn’t picked up any non-fiction reads at all. I definitely want to try and rectify that in 2021 and get through a fair chunk of the non-fiction on my tbr, especially because I’m really intrigued by all of the non-fiction books that I own and am genuinely excited to get to them… eventually.
Goal 4 – Complete the Buzzwordathon challenges for the entire year.
Last month, the amazing booksandlala announced the prompts for this year’s Buzzwordathon! The readathon will run for the whole of 2021 with a different ‘buzzword’ prompt for every month and a number of different ways you can participate. If it sounds like something you’d fancy, do check out Kayla’s video where she breaks down how it works and all the monthly prompts. I’d really like to try and read at least one book every month that matches the prompt but I might do a few proper readathons here and there where I try to read as many as I can for that month’s buzzword.
Goal 5 – Less buying, more reading!
This one is a major problem for me. I love to own books which means I love to buy books. The sheer amount of books I bought in 2020 was ridiculous so I’m definitely going to be trying to cut down on buying them in the new year. I think because I have a bookseller discount I lull myself into a false sense of security that I’m not spending that much because I’m paying less? When I need to remind myself that that doesn’t count if it means you buy twice as many books…
Let me know what your resolutions are for this year, reading or otherwise, in the comments below!
Lots of love,