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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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?