Bookish Goals for the New Year (2021)

Friday, January 01, 2021

 Happy New Year! 2020 is finally over! It hasn’t been the best year so I am excited to say that it is behind us. I have a few goals this year that I hope to accomplish. Surprisingly, I passed most of my goals last year so I decided to try to complete them again this year too. This year, I’ll also be working through my graduate program which may affect my reading. Still, I’m hoping for the best and by the end of the year, I can look back at this post and see how well I really did! Here’s my bookish goals for the new year:

Read at least 50 books

This goal remains a constant every year. Sometimes it’s easy to surpass, sometimes I have some difficulty. I finished 2020 off with … books read so while I went into last year concerned that I wouldn’t reach it because I schoolwork, I still surprised myself. I suppose it depends on what courses I’m taking and the workload that comes with each. As long as I read at least 50 books, I’ll count it a success.

Buy less books

While I truly wanted last year to be the year I practice shelf control, I did not. In fact, I surpassed the amount purchased and acquired from 2019 as well. Hopefully, I can buy less books this year and acquire less books as well. 

Read at least 3 classics

I did so well in reading a bunch of classics last year in 2020. I have to admit that is because of the 100 Epic Reads of a Lifetime poster I was gifted at the end of 2019. Getting to scratch off classics and other books have really helped me stay on track throughout the year. Still, I would love to read some more classics this year. Here’s the three I hope to get to:

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens | Little Women by Louisa May Alcott | Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Read at least 6 Epic Reads of a Lifetime

My brother got me this lovely scratch-off poster of 100 Epic Reads of a Lifetime for Christmas in 2019, like I mentioned. I’ve been working on it ever since, choosing my tbr so I get to scratch off at least one per month. I still have a bunch of books to read from the poster. To keep myself accountable, I want to try to read at least 6 of the books. Here’s the 6 I hope to read:

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro | And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie | The Giver by Lois Lowry

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut | A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin | Dune by Frank Herbert

Finish at least 6 series

I’m so thankful that I decided to lower this goal last year from 12 series to 6 because I would have never reached 12. Once again, I decided to keep the goal at 6 series to make it more reachable for me as a graduate student. Am I the only one who can’t seem to read the last book in the series? I just don’t want some series to end so if I never read the finale, it’ll never end. 😊 Here’s the series I hope to finally finish this year:

The Honors by Ann Aguirre and Rachel Caine (1 book left) | Slayer by Kiersten White (1 book left) | Don Tillman by Graeme Simsion (1 book left)

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (2 books left) | Bloodlines by Richelle Mead (3 books left) | The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd (2 books left)

What are your bookish goals for 2021?

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