Happy New Reading Year!!
I’ve been thinking about my goals for 2021 since mid-November. I get quite excited about them and tend to have too many. My 2020 goals did really well and I will continue on with most of them. I will give myself the full year to complete my 2020 goal and post a review blog in the new year 🙂 Last years post can be found here if you are curious.
I still want to do a reading prompt style challenge and a GoodReads challenge, but I also need to limit my book buying and my ARC requesting.
So without further ado, let’s see what I’ve come up with:
Let me explain:
I’ve read over 100 books for the last three years! Which is mad!😂 I’ve now reached a certain momentum that I like but I also feel there are other things I would like to do. Reading 100 books a year means you have to read pretty much every day. It’s a great way to end a day but sometimes I push other things away so I can read, like cleaning or writing. This year as you have seen in the list above, I would like to have some writing time. Therefore I’ve lowered my goal to 60 books instead of the usual 100.
Do 5 readathons over the year
Usually, I make my own reading challenge and readathons is usually a prompt on there. This year, I’m not making one. The reason for this is, sometimes I feel too much pressure around picking up the books I’ve told myself to read and then I don’t. I ruin my interest in the books by forcing myself to read them which is not nice. I’m not saying I’ll mood read for the whole of next year but at least I’ll be freer to pick.
Also with the writing goal, I need some free-thinking time and with the decreased GoodReads goal I felt the challenge had to go too.
Buying only 2 books a month
I started doing this in 2019 and I’ve hit a momentum I like now so I’ll keep going. This goal has made me really picky about what I get. It really made me consider if I needed and really wanted that book or if I could pass on it or get it at the library. I’ll continue with this limit for 2021.
The rules are as follows:
- if I don’t buy two books one month I can roll it over to the next month.
- these books are books I’ve bought myself with my own money.
- They do not include gifts, free books or if someone buys me books. It’s a way for me to put a limit on myself.
Only request 2 books a month
This is similar to the book-buying limit, this really worked for me and I’ll be using it in 2021 too. There was hardly any review build up the pressure like the first year I was on NetGalley. I had time to read and review them all without a massive build-up. I think I only had one build-up throughout the entire year which was amazing!
e-ARC’s are free and very very tempting but you don’t always get approved for the request you’ve made. Also limiting myself to only 2 requested a month will make me really evaluate if I want to read that book or not. I could have made it 2 approved ARCs a month but you never know if you will get approved for a book or not. Having 2 requests are more challenging and demanding. I will include my requests in every monthly wrap-up so I can keep track of them.
The same rules as buy 2 books a month applies here too.
Decrease my current e-book shelf and physical shelf
This was a big success from last year so I think I’ll continue with it. I didn’t really know how it was going to work for me on a monthly basis but as I started the reading year it just came to me; one ebook and one physical book per month. Simple really. I found most months it was easy, but for November and NaNoWriMo it was difficult to get those in. I’ll remember that for this year and give myself a pass over that time if I feel I need to 😁
Do story development very month
This is a really wide challenge. When I say do story development I mean anything related to my stories. It can be a word count and write something. It can be spellchecking something from the previous month. It can be plotting or developing an idea into story pieces. Anything related to my stories has to be done every month. I would prefer every week but I know that might not happen so I’m taking small steps.
I think I’ll end up doing a monthly blog post about what I have done that month just to hold myself accountable but also as a diary for myself.
What do you think? Do you think I can do this?
What are your goals for 2021?