Let’s Talk Bookish: My reading goals and plans for 2021

Yesterday I did my overall 2021 resolutions, and today I am going to go into more depth with my reading goals and plans for this year! This post is for the Let’s Talk Bookish topic, and I’m really excited to do it. (even though I am a day late)

I didn’t really talk about what reading resolutions are, and how they’re helpful, and instead I listed out my own reading plans and goals for the year. I’m hoping that doing this will help me be more organized with my reading throughout the year!

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly discussion post created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and is hosted by Rukky and Dani @ A Literary Lion! This week’s topic is: Reading Resolutions (suggested by M.T. Wilson @ The Last Book on the Left).

I also read Rukky’s post and she wrote a bunch about the technical difference between goals and resolutions, along with her own reading resolutions, which was really interesting. I did not know about that before, so you should definitely go check out her wonderful post.

My overall reading goal and keeping track of the books I read

My overall reading goal for the year is 200 books, which is the same as last year. I think that it is possible that I’ll change it to 180 books total, since I had a lot of time in 2020 that I don’t think I’ll necessarily have in 2021. I am going to do my best to get to 200 though, and I guess I’ll see how that goes!

For more than a year, I’ve tracked all of my reading on Goodreads, and after thinking about it for a while I have decided to switch over to Storygraph, which is a very similar website used for tracking reading and books. It’s currently still the beta website, but it’s really great, and works really well.

For at least a few months I’m going to still be using Goodreads, but definitely less and less than I do now. I’ll post all of my reviews on both websites, but I won’t be as active. Storygraph gives a lot more stats for the books that you read and shelve, and I’m super excited to use that, which will hopefully make tracking the books I read easier.

I also want to continue to read more genres that are different than what I usually read

In 2020, I read some dystopican and really liked it, so I am going to definitely want to pick up some more dystopian fantasy (most likely YA) in 2021.

I also want to continue to read a lot of fantasy, which is something that I did more of in 2020.

I’ve noticed that I haven’t been reading as much historical fiction, and I want to make sure that this year I do read a fair amount of it, because it’s one of my very favorite genres.

Reading challenges and readathons

I participated in a few reading challenges and readathons in 2020, and I had a lot of fun with that. This year, I definitely want to do the reading rush again, and mainly just keep a look out for other readathons happening that I might want to participate in.

I am doing the Book Riot 2021 read harder challenge, which is a reading challenge with 24 prompts. My main reason for doing this is so that it encourages me to read more diversely, and to be more aware of the diversity in what I’m reading.

Last year, I participated in YARC (Year of the Asian Reading Challenge) but I haven’t seen any information on if it is happening this year. Even if it isn’t formally happening, I still want to make an effort to read more books by Asian authors.

I also have a readathon planned for the month of June, which I’ve been thinking of and planning for a really long time, and I am super excited for that! I don’t have all of the details figured out yet though, and it’s going to stay secret until I announce it in May.

My last goals are how I’m setting my TBRs

I’ve decided that instead of setting really ambitious monthly TBRs I most likely won’t be able to finish, I’m going to set a TBR of about ten books for every month that I really want to get to. With that, I’ll hopefully be able to get to all of those books, and it will allow for library books that suddenly become available and the wonderful and inevitable Percy Jackson rereads.

Wrapping this up…

I have a lot of plans and goals for my reading for 2021, and I’m overall very excited for this year. I don’t know what 2021 is going to bring, and it’s definitely not going to be an easy year, with covid and everything happening, but I’m going to do my best to stay focused and organized, and of course, to read books.

What are some of your reading plans for 2021? Are you participating in any reading challenges or readathons? Chat with me in the comments below!

10 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish: My reading goals and plans for 2021

  1. oooooh I think you should read some Edgar Allen Poe this year! I’m going to read more of his stuff (hopefully)
    And basically, this year, I just want to READ because, even though I read 300 books, I rushed through it and didn’t really enjoy the books I read?? Like I did but I didn’t?? I want to thoroughly read and enjoy all the books I read this year! It shouldn’t be too hard. Hopefully. HAhh

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  2. Working out my TBR was the hardest part of going into 2021! I wanted to lighten the load, but at the same time there are so many books I want to read. I’ve started using Storygraph as well, combining it with Goodreads. I don’t want to move from Goodreads until StoryGraph offers the same or better stuff!

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    1. It really is so hard to make smaller more reasonable TBRs when there are so many amazing books out there!!

      I haven’t entirely stopped using Goodreads either because it has less of the social aspect, but since it’s still the beta website and they are making improvements to it, I’m hoping that eventually it will be a much better option!


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