Goals for 2021 // the one where I try to look ahead

Oy! How is everyone doing on this charming Friday?

I am feeling like a walking zombie right now. I have been putting off writing this post for at least two weeks. I had the bullet points of what I wanted to say, but apparently there is thing called ~sentences~ that are helpful. Ya know, for the times where you don’t want to sound like a squawking hedgehog (yep, you guessed it! this is one of those times). If my procrastination and burning desire to do absolutely nothing is any indication as to how my goals for 2021 are going to go, then I’m screwed.

Read 108 books

hi! this post need some zazz *enter bookstagram photos*

In 2020 my reading goal was 288 books. That is never going to happen again (unless I figure out how to freeze time. if that happens, we will reevaluate). So, I’m thinking that 108 books (9 a month) is a pretty reasonable goal. The upcoming year is going to be a busy one, so I want to balance that with my reading goal.

Diversify my reading

up first we have the ever charming The Henna Wars. an absolutely stunning read, with a gorgeous cover to match, this is one of my favorite photos from the year

A lot of my reading habits, especially before I joined the book community, were very ignorant and not so good. Joining the book community has made me more aware of what I’m reading. As I reflected towards the end of 2020, I realized that I had a long way to go towards diversifying my reading. Instead of just saying, ah yes, I am going to diversify my reading, I want to create some goals that are more measurable. So, I aim to read 3 ownvoices books a month (for a grand total of 36 this year).

Trim Down the TBR

coming down the booksta runway next, is the ever charming pile of books. this piece was crafted because April had not done much reading and had nothing to review.

At the time of writing this post, I had 564 books on my Goodreads tbr. That many books rendered my entire tbr list useless because I can’t find anything. I need to go through all of those books and determine which ones I still want to read. I don’t even remember adding half of them, but the entire list is an overgrown weed at this point. Extreme version of tbr whack-a-mole, here I come!

Focus on what I want to read, not the hype

alright, up next we have this spiral stack featuring All This Time on top. Affectionally filled with hyped books and some shiny new releases, the unique curvature of the stack shows of these aesthetically pleasing covers

It is so easy to get sucked into the sweet allure of ooh shiny new releases or this book has been haunting me on booksta, gotta read it. Nope. No way. Not happening this year. 2021 is the year I plan on having some self control. I’m not against trying new books and genres, but I will not be picking up books purely because of the hype.

Series I Want To Read

I’ve been saying i want to read these series for too long. 2021 is the year, I’m gonna do it. For realsies this time.

  • The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
  • Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  • Empirium Series by Claire Legrand

Include Trigger Warnings

it is becoming increasingly clearer that I have never watched a fashion show and have absolutely no idea what I’m doing or why I’m announcing the photos

Once again, trigger warnings are something that I had not considered until I entered the book community. Now that I have researched and read about them, I think they are important to provide when reviewing. As a recommender, it is my job to warn readers of potential triggers. So, I will be going back and adding trigger warnings to all of my old reviews, as well as adding as them in my newly published ones as well. 

Preschedule and Be Consistent on Pinterest

ah! no introduction needed for the ever lovely Star Daughter. With a stunning cover and a complementary sock in the corner, this is one to beat

For the amount of time I spend on Pinterest, you’d think I was creating and sharing posts, but no. I was scrolling through fanart and pretty book pics for endless hours, not posting my own content. I need to create some templates for pin covers and just schedule those bad boys. I know it is worth it in the end, so I need to suck it up and do it.

Join Netgalley

and last up for our viewing today, we have Escaping From Houdini. thank you folks for coming out to support the booksta runway modeling/thingamabob!

It’s scary, but I think I’m finally going to take the plunge. It is time to spread my blogging wings and take the next steps on my journey (and that’s a daily dose of positivity for ya).

So, yay goals! *jazz hands* And on that uplifting note, we are going to call this goals post a wrap!

What are some of your goals for 2021?

33 thoughts on “Goals for 2021 // the one where I try to look ahead

  1. These are great goals! I love the one about trigger warnings, I hadn’t even really thought about that, but you have an excellent point! I might have to add that to my list of 2021 goals as well! (: I’m also obsessed w/ that picture of Escaping From Houdini omg I love the Scrabble tiles!! ♥

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  2. I love this post so much! I completely agree with you about reading the hyped book and the newest releases. When I entered the bookish community, I thought that I could only read new releases. But then I realized that it’s best to post what you want! Also, netgalley is scary at first, but it’s really cool to be able to read new releases before everyone else. May I ask, when you say 108 books, do you mean all sorts of books? Or simply just traditional novels? I wish you all the best with your goals April!

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    1. ahh thank you!! yessss when everyone is talking about certain books, I want to read them and find out what they are talking about. but 9 times out of 10 I am left very disappointed. I think if I focus on what I want to read (rather than the shiny new releases) I’ll end up enjoying it more.
      yess I cannot wait to read the new releases!! its so exciting haha
      Yep! the 108 is all sorts of books. graphic novels, short stories, traditional novels, all of the above!
      thank you for reading Saniya!

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  3. I love this post so much! I agree, I think that the hype of a book kind of forces you to try it, but this year my tbr is so big I’m not looking at the hyped books. Maybe I might for some, but others will go into the back of my tbr. I love your photos! Great post 😊

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  4. Yay goals! These are some awesome goals, loved reading them! Diversifying reading is DEFINITELY something that I want/need to do this year and fortunately I think I’m doing pretty well so far this year.
    Honestly, I always enjoy having a large TBR so that I have a lot of books to choose from but…over 500 is a lot. I’ve only consistently started using goodreads since…March (thanks quarantine) so my tbr isn’t as big as some other peoples so yeah.
    I really enjoyed this post! Best of luck on your goals and on reading in 2021!

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    1. Yay goals! thank you! I definitely have some work to do when it comes to diversifying my reading, but I have hopes for this year!
      haha yea I have exactly no chill when it comes to adding books to my tbr. it was at 900 some a couple months ago. 500 is the short version, but it is still an overgrown wildflower of a thing. I like having books to chose from, but not enough books to chose from where they can bury me alive.
      Best of luck with your goals as well!

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  5. Great goals! I hope you get time to read The Illuminae Files this year, the first two books are amazing and such fun rides. I still need to read the third one myself, thats one of my goals for 20201. (I loved your photo captions btw 😂)

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  6. These are some great goals!! I too want to diversify my shelf this year so I’m going to try to only read books by authors of color! good luck on your goals ❤

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  7. april!! these are incredible goals and i wish you all the very best! i’m also looking into diversifying my reading this year, and agreed, including trigger warnings in book reviews should be something that more bloggers do! 564 books on goodreads tbr? *pales* but yep, it is too easy to add books to tbrs on goodreads ahh! anyway, i loved the photos and the hilarious captions too! lovely post as usual! 💕

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    1. thank you so much! as a whole, I’m just trying to be more aware of the content I’m creating and consuming so trigger warnings and diversifying my reading both seemed like very important and good places to start! haha yep I do get a bit click happy on goodreads… whoops 🙈
      best of luck with your goals and thank you for reading Cherelle!!

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  8. all these are great goals, i hope you’ll be able to achieve them!! i’m also trying to consciously read more diverse books this year. i’m hoping to catch up on my backlist books rather than read what’s popular right now because i have sooo many i need to get through HAHAHA, although it’s very likely i’ll still cave in when my anticipated releases are published.

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  9. These are some great goals to work toward this year!! First of all, can I say that your captions are absolutely HILARIOUS 🤣 And I’m happy to see you’re planning to include trigger warnings in your reviews! I didn’t realize how important they were until starting my blog, so that’s yet another discovery I can attribute to this community 😄 And I’m so excited to hear what you think of Illuminae!! I binged the whole series in 2020 and loved it so much!

    Best of luck with all of these, April! Great post ❤️

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    1. ahhh thank you so much!! my brain was melting and I was like “eh, why not” haha. yess I can also thank the blogging community for making me more aware of trigger warnings! I cannot wait to start Illuminae, I’ve heard such great things eeeeee!!!!

      Thank you so much for reading Abby!

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  10. april ahhh!!! all of these goals are the same as mine!! i’m not even kidding!!! good luck on accomplishing all of them!! i write down books on a tbr on google docs, and transfer it to notion once in a while!! i have only 334 and it intimidates me – so ahh 564!!?!? i can’t even imagine what you feel like!! i also want to diversify my reading, because after joining the bookish community, what i read has really been brought to my attention, and i’m looking forward to read more books that aren’t set in the US/UK. also yes!! trigger warnings are so important – i def need to include them as well!! also omg your pictures are GORGEOUS!! lovely post as always ❤️

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    1. thank you so much!! 564 is just ridiculous at this point. I need to stop being so click happy on goodreads lol (and maybe try out something else to keep track of my tbr??). ooh yess reading books not set in the US/UK is a great goal!!! best of luck with all of your goals!!!
      ahhh thank you so much for reading Ahaana!!

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