2021 Reading Plans + Goals

January 1, 2021 in Bookish

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!

Reading Challenges

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:

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
  • Poetry
  • Hyped books that I haven’t read yet

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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  • Jenny in Neverland January 1, 2021 at 12:55 pm

    I aspire to read as much as you one day! 150 books is an incredible goal. I’ve just set mine to 32. I think that’s doable for me but also a bit of a challenge as I read quite slow. I’m hoping to branch out a bit with my reading this year as well. I started stepping out of my comfort zone with genres etc last year and it was so beneficial! Best of luck with your challenges!

    • Hayley January 1, 2021 at 3:55 pm

      Thank you so much Jenny! I think 32 is a great goal to aim for. (Last year my original goal was 30 and then reading became part of my self-soothing regime. 😅) Ooh yes, there’s a real magic in reading outside your usual genres/authors. Hope you have an amazing reading year! 😊

  • Jodie | That Happy Reader January 1, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    I really enjoyed this post! I love how you’ve set for yourself specific goals pertaining to reading. I look forward to your future posts! Happy New Year!

    • Hayley January 1, 2021 at 4:06 pm

      Thanks Jodie! Wishing you a fabulous reading year! 🙂

  • Dani January 2, 2021 at 8:46 am

    150 books?! Wow! I’m in awe of you and your reading. Good luck for 2021! 🙂

    • Hayley January 4, 2021 at 3:30 pm

      Thanks Dani! 🙂

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