It is another year, which means it is time for another round of reading goals. Last year, my goals didn’t really work out all too well, but (other than 2020 being generally the worst) I know what went wrong and I learned from my mistakes. So I’m hopeful this year is going to be better. And I’m excited to read some great books. So this year, I put together some goals for the year that I think really encompass what I want to achieve with my reading.
Read at Least One Nonfiction Book a Month
This is something I’ve been doing for years, and it has absolutely changed my reading habits. I absolutely love nonfiction, and I have learned so many things. Mostly weird facts that I annoy people with, but also a lot of things that have made me a better person. Reading nonfiction has now become a habit of mine, and I’m really happy about it. So I’m keeping this as a goal going into 2021. I’m shooting for a goal of the total number of books I read this year being 25% nonfiction. I came close last year, so it’s definitely something I need to work on a little bit more. That said, I have recently added a lot of fun nonfiction to my TBR, so I don’t think this is going to be a problem. But maybe I should warn my friends that they’ll be hearing a lot about serial killers, eels, and exploding teeth.
Read Six Classics
I had this on my goals for 2020, but we all know I abandoned my goals because 2020 was a giant dumpster fire and doesn’t count. Still, I did read a few classics last year, and this year I do want to read more. I have two on my reading list for the year – The Count of Monte Cristo and I Am a Cat. But I want to get to at least four more. Basically, one every two months. Which I think is fair, since classics tend to take me longer to read because I like to take my time with them. Hopefully I’ll read more, but my goal is six. I’m working on putting together a tentative list of the classics I want to read this year, so if you have any suggestions, let me know.
Read at Least 50% by POC Authors
This is something I attempted last year… and it didn’t go well. It wasn’t a massive failure, but it definitely did not go as I’d hoped. But I learned from the mistakes I made, and found things I could do differently to better accomplish this. So I’m hopeful that I can do this in 2021. I made sure my 2021 reading list is mostly POC authors. And I started the year with reading diverse authors. Unfortunately, this is something I do need to pay attention to (you can read my post about it to see why), but it is absolutely something I’m focusing on this year. Again, if you have any recommendations, I’d love to hear them!
Read Books from at Least Ten Different Countries
So, when I put together my reading stats from last year, I was kind of surprised to see just how few books I’d read that are set in different countries. More than half of what I read last year was set in the US. Which I’m not super happy with. So it’s something else I will be paying attention to this year. I already have a few books on my radar that are set in different countries, and I’m pretty excited to read them. Especially since one of them is narrated by a cat (which will weirdly be the second book I’ve read that is set in Japan and is narrated by a cat).
Read Every Day
Okay, I realize this sounds super ambitious and I’m probably going to not quite accomplish it. But I’m going to try. My relationship with reading changed a lot in 2020, and not in a good way. I just didn’t feel like reading and it was making me pretty unhappy. So, in December, I forced myself to read every day (for most of the month). Whether that was a chapter or two, or the couple of pages I managed before falling asleep, or the one night I stayed up until two in the morning finishing my book, I read every day for weeks. And it kind of reminded me just how much I love reading. So I think this is a habit I’m going to attempt to continue in 2021. I think it has really helped my mental health to read more and also set aside time each day to read. It’s a nice routine, and I’ve come to really value it.
Read 100 Books
Last year was the first time in five years that I read fewer than 100 books. Which is fine. Like I said, 2020 doesn’t count. And I did learn things from it, like how important it is to give myself a break sometimes. But in 2021, I would really like to get back into reading like I was before this year, so I set my Goodreads goal at 100 books again this year. I’m hoping my goal to read every day will help with this, and I’m excited to see what books I read this year. Because there are way more than 100 that I want to get to and I need to read them all! But without stressing myself out about it. Hopefully.
Those are my reading goals for this year! Mainly, I want to focus on reading more diversely, and just be more mindful about my reading as a whole. I also want to continue working on my relationship with reading, because it got kind of rocky in 2020. Hopefully all of these goals contribute toward a reading year that I’m both happy with and proud of, but we’ll see how it goes.
What are some of your reading goals for this year?