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With the start of a new year always comes the fun task of setting new goals and resolutions for the new year. Though it’s true we can do this at any point in time, I do always like the idea of a magical new beginning that the start of a new year brings.
So I thought of some bookish resolutions and goals that I want to strive towards in 2021. I tried to make these goals measurable, so maybe I can look back at the end of the year to see how I’ve done. But for now, it’s all fresh and anything is still possible!
1. Read 50 books in 2021
In 2020 my goal was to read 50 books and I read 102!
So, in 2021 I want to read… 50 books… AGAIN.
Why so little when I doubled it last year? Look, it goes without saying that 2020 was a weird year and I 1) had more time due to lockdowns to read, and 2) used books as an escape mechanism even more than usual.
So I don’t want to just assume I’ll reach 100+ books again in 2021. While I do think I’ll be able to read more than 50, I don’t want to pressure myself and my enjoyment of reading matters more than the amount I read.
2. Catch up on backlist books (and finish some series while I’m at it)
I feel like this is a constant goal and yet I never feel like I actually accomplish it because I get too distracted by shiny new releases. But there are so many backlist gems I’m probably missing out on, so I really want to work on that. And this includes finishing some series I started and never finished. Like Nevernight or Gumiho. Maybe I need to make a list. I like lists and list are helpful, right?
4. Read 10 new-to-me / unhyped authors (and continue my adult urban fantasy quest)
I have a tendency to always reading books by the same authors. Previous blog posts topics where I for example list my most-read authors or list hidden gems make this fact blatantly obvious. So I want to read more authors I didn’t know before or are less hyped among the bookish community. This goal also coincides nicely with my quest to try more underrated (new) adult urban fantasy books which I started last year and will definitely continue in 2021.
5. Re-read at least 10 books
I feel like there is something magical in re-reading old favorites. In December 2020 I re-read 6 old favorites and I LOVED IT SO MUCH. It feels like coming home to a familiar world and yet also like re-discovering a world which is partly forgotten (because I have goldfish brain) at the same time. So I want to make an effort to re-read even more in 2021.
6. Step out of my comfort zone at least 4 times (AKA read something non-SFF, non-contemporary or non-romance)
Another goal that is on my list every year and yet I’ve failed at it pretty much every year. But 4 books during the whole year that are not SFF, contemporary or romance? That’s gotta be doable, right?
7. Clean up my Goodreads TBR
Look, I’ve let my TBR get out of control for too long. Half of the books on my Goodreads TBR are books I don’t even remember adding! It needs to stop. I like having a long TBR, but it needs to be manageable and most importantly, I need to actually still WANT TO READ the books on my TBR. So in 2021, I’m going on a cleaning spree!
8. Try to always have posts prepared at least one month in advance
2020 may have sucked, but on the bright side I did finally get to work ahead on my posts (I’m writing this post in November!) and let me tell you: it is a GLORIOUS and ADDICTIVE feeling to be this prepared. I want to keep it up in 2021 and try to always have at least the next month of posts prepared in advance.
9. Bloghop at least once a week
Another regular goal on this yearly list, and yet it is SO IMPORTANT. And SO DIFFICULT also. Bloghopping is the heart and soul of blogging and yet, it’s the one aspect of blogging that often feels the most difficult to keep up. But once a week, that should be a minimum and that should be doable, right?
10. Write regular book reviews again
You know, for a book blogger, I’ve been reallly slacking on the book reviews lately. And I mean lately like in the past 2-3 years *oops* Sometimes I just don’t feel like I have a lot to say. Or I feel like everyone has reviewed a book already and I’m “too late”. Or I just don’t take the time to sit down and write a review. But I want to change that and write more reviews again. They don’t have to be the long and detailed kind, they could also just be mini reviews.
And most importantly…
11. Have fun
I feel like sometimes I can get too caught up in this whole blogging thing, but the important thing I need to remember is that it’s something I do for fun. Reading is a hobby. Blogging is a hobby. It needs to be fun and that matters more than all the goals I could ever set.