Hey friends! 2021 is here, so I thought I’d post some goals for the year and a small list of books I’m hoping to get to. 2020 was my worst reading year in a while (I read a total of 39 books) but I’m getting back in the swing of things. I’ve got a relatively ambitious list of books/series I’d like to read and just a few goals to keep me motivated!
2021 Reading Goals
I only have a few small goals for 2021 that will hopefully keep me motivated and reading through the whole year. 2020 was a really patchy reading year– I don’t think I read anything between January and April. I’ve been reading more frequently and consistently recently, so fingers crossed that stays true through the whole year. Here are a few of my goals for 2021:
- Read 52 books- In previous years I’ve read upwards of 75 books, but with how my reading has been lately, I’ll be happy to read a book a week. I read 39 last year, which is pretty good considering I read nothing for at least 4 months of the year. 52 should be a goal I can accomplish!
- Finish more series- I’ve always had a really bad habit of starting a series and never completing it. So, in 2021 I want to focus on finishing some series I’ve already started and follow through with any I choose to begin during the year
- Review every book I read- I was reading a couple of my old reviews a few days ago and miss when I had the time and energy to write such in-depth reviews. I’m not sure I’ll go back to that, but I would really love to try and review everything I read in 2021, even if the reviews are just a few sentences.
- Post on my blog more- I literally only posted on my blog 3 times in the entirety of 2020, yikes. I want to try and post more regularly this year– monthly tbrs/possibility lists, reviews, wrap-ups and seasonal anticipated lists. I’ve been working in libraries for almost two years now as well so I may also write more discussion posts but we’ll see. I just want to try and post more consistently on here.
Books/Series I Want to Read in 2021
I’ve heard nothing but great things about The Murderbot Diaries so I can’t wait to read this series sometime this year. One of my coworkers has recently reminded me I need to get on top of reading this, so I’ll be borrowing it from work when I can! I borrowed this out at work last year just before lockdown but didn’t get around to reading it so I gotta hold myself accountable this time. All I really know about this series is that it’s a sci-fi set in a corporate-dominated spacefaring future and it follows an anti-social droid as our protagonist. I remember reading the first couple pages and loving the humour, so I’m keen to dive back in and really sink my teeth in.
I’m currently reading the final book in The Mistborn Trilogy, also by Brandon Sanderson, which I’ve been meaning to read for a ridiculously long time. I’ve absolutely loved the intricacy of his world-building, his writing, characterization and development, so I want to try and make my way through some of the Stormlight Archive novels in 2021. I originally wanted to say I’d try and read all of them this year but honestly, these books are chunky as fuck and idk if I’ll have the patience or energy to read four 1000+ page books. I’ve heard that the Stormlight Archive is even better than Mistborn so I’m intrigued and excited to jump in and see how I like it.
The Fifth Season is another book I’ve been meaning to read for such a long time. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about all of N.K. Jemisin’s work and I just need to jump on the bandwagon immediately. All 3 books in the Broken Earth Trilogy won the Hugo Award, so I know these must be excellent. I don’t know much about the series apart from the fact it’s a sweeping epic fantasy that’s smart and heartbreaking. I’ve heard it can take a little to get into so I’m hoping a slow/hard beginning doesn’t deter me too badly, but if I can tackle one series off this list in 2021, I want it to be this one.
The Lies of Locke Lamora is (once again) another book that’s been on my radar for a long time I’ve just never got around to reading. This is a favourite of one of my co-workers, so once again it’s being pushed higher on my TBR. The best selling point of this series for me is the fact is has morally grey characters. I’ve always had a soft spot for those sorts of characters, and the fact this is a grimdark fantasy with morally grey characters just makes me so excited to pick it up.
The Poppy War was one of my favourite books of 2019 and now that the other two books in the trilogy are published, I’ll binge read The Dragon Republic and The Burning God. I’m 110% sure this series is going to break my heart but I’m so ready for that. I have a really bad habit of starting series and never finishing them, so I really want to make sure I finish this in 2021. The Poppy War is an adult military fantasy that blends historical events and Chinese mythology. The world Kuang has created is used to process living generational trauma and explore the complexities of war. It’s obviously a very heavy fantasy series, but definitely worth the read if you’re in the right headspace for it.
Jade City is yet another book that’s been on my radar (and tbr shelf) for a while that I’m hoping to get to sometime this year. I’ve seen it come up on a lot of people’s favourite books of 2020 lists so my interest in the series has been piqued yet again. As far as I know, this is an urban fantasy with lots of magic, action, politics and family drama which sounds right up my alley. I’ve been meaning to read more adult urban fantasy since I always loved the genre as a teen, so if you have any recommendations, please leave them below!
Apparently 2021 is the year for fantasy, because I have yet another fan fave on my list to read. I’ve owned The Name of the Wind for a few years but I’ve always been too intimidated to pick it up. Now that I’m making more of a dent, and actually enjoying the adult fantasy I have been picking up, I think I’ll be ready to read this in 2021. The hype has also sort of intimidated me for a while but I’m slowly but surely learning not to let that affect my enjoyment of a book too much. Fingers crossed I love this as much as everyone else does.
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel is one of my favourite books of all time. I immediately bought The Glass Hotel when it released last year but I’ve been putting it off. I still don’t really know much about this book, except it has something to do with money, white collar crimes and ghosts. If this is only half as good as Station Eleven was, I’m sure I’ll end up loving it.
There we have my goals and TBR for 2021! What are some of your 2021 reading goals and what books are you hoping to get to this year? If you’ve read any of the books on my list, let me know which you think I should read first.
Thank you for reading, and hopefully this will be my introduction to posting more regularly on my blog again!