Bookish Goals for 2021

I really should’ve posted this at the beginning of this year but things got busy and I didn’t have time to write this post. It was a lot easier to go ahead and post things I had already written. I want to separate the types of bookish goals I have because I have some reading goals for the year and then I have goals for each of my social media sites. I want to share these with you all because I feel this makes it so that I am held accountable for these goals. I’ll make sure to update you all on these goals, for now I’m thinking I’ll do a mid-year update.

Reading Goals

At this time my plan is to complete 75 books this year, while secretly hoping that this is the year I can finally get to 100 books. I’m currently at 11 out of those 75 books and if I keep reading at this rate I should be able to reach that goal sooner rather than later.

I plan on reading 50 pages of a physical book each day, 15% of my e-book a day and 2 hours of an audio book per day. I am doing really poorly with 50 pages a day and 15% of an e-book. I wind up having to use all day of a weekend to complete my physical book and then all day of another day to complete the e-book. The goal is to have 1 of each type of book completed each week and so far I haven’t failed with that goal. Listening to 2 hours of an audiobook a day has been easier this year than last as I just do that while working. It does mean that sometimes I rewind and re-listen to pieces but that’s okay.

Something else that I really want to do this year is complete a buddy read. This one is really on me and I just need to stop being scared to participate in one. I always worry that I won’t be able to keep up with reading the book or I won’t like the book. I just need to get over this fear and reach out when others are seeking buddies to read with.

I also really want to complete a readathon this year and there are so many that I want to participate in. Some I just don’t know how to and others well I have tried and just can’t read fast enough to complete them.

Bookish Social Media Goals

This is the harder part of my bookish goals because I can only do so much to promote myself. I’m also really bad about promoting myself on social media. Something I had planned to do this year was revamp each of my social media sites but I had time last year so I did some of it last year.

For Instagram, my goal this year is to reach 2,000 followers which I am only 500 followers away from. I also hope to host a giveaway on my instagram but I am just working on what kind it should be and how to go about this. For instagram, I also want to start sharing more of my life outside of books, so start sharing more of me. I realized that I don’t share much of me beyond books and thought you all deserve to know me. I’m just trying to figure out how to intricate more of my interests on there.

Twitter- I am so surprised that I even got any followers there but I am so pleased. I love being able to engage with the book community on twitter and have found such a supportive community on there. I have 400 followers on there and the goal is to just keep the followers and to post more content on there. I have to see what others post on twitter and see how to continue promoting my blog post and insta posts on there while maintaining a balance of original content.

For this blog, the goal is to reach 250 followers which isn’t much more than what I have now. Thank you all for following me, it really means a lot that over 200 of you decided to follow me and stick with me. Another goal for this blog is to remain consistent with my posting so I currently am posting Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday. This might change month for month but the goal is to always post 3 times. This means that I will need to figure out what else to post about weekly. Lately I’ve been watching one movie a week so I may be able to start my movie and book comparisons up again, or might just start a movie review page on here.

Let me know if you have any ideas for what else I could write on here, what do you want to see?

Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag

I can’t believe that we are already at the half year point for 2020 especially with the majority of this year gone to a pandemic. My challenge to myself this year was to complete the Goodreads 52 books around the year challenge. I have read 52 books so far yet not all of those books fell into a category on that list which is okay so now my goal is 62 books for the year. I am secretly hoping to hit 100 books this year but I don’t want to fall short and disappoint myself.

I’m very happy to share with you some of the books that I have really enjoyed and my anticipated reads. Thanks to Raes Reading Corner for tagging me, you can find her respond to this tag here: https://raesreadingcorner726922248.wordpress.com/2020/07/02/mid-year-freak-out-book-tag-2020/

1. Best Book you’ve Read so far in 2020:

I thought a lot about which one to put in this category as I have read so many great books just in these last few months. I had to go with Lobizona by Romina Garber though. (coming out August 4th)

This book does a good job with what it means to challenge the rules and what it means to deserve to live. I liked the way that it handled that topic both in our world and in the world built by the book. I think this book did a great job bringing the issue of what it means to belong somewhere to the surface.

2. Best Sequel you’ve Read so far in 2020:

I actually have only read one sequel so far this year which is surprising to me as I used to only read series. This year the only sequel I read was Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab. I’m hoping to read more sequels so maybe by the end of the year this won’t be the only one.

3. New Release you Haven’t Read Yet But Want to:

This one was an easy pick even if there are so many new releases on my shelf that I need to read. I’ve heard nothing but great things about this book and I’m hoping to get to it this month for Transathon.




4. Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year

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There are so many books coming out in the second half of this year that I can’t wait to get my hands on. There is one that I have been waiting for since it was announced very early this year.

Z Brewer is one of my favorite authors and has been since I got back into reading Young Adult as an adult. This book has a genderqueer character who I can’t wait to meet as I love all of their other characters.

5. Biggest Disappointment:

I would have to say almost everything that we read for my libraries book club this year. I just didn’t connect with a lot of the readings and then some were just really complicated for me to follow. The libraries book club is the rare time in which I try to read adult fiction and really struggle with it.

6. Biggest Surprise:

I was pleasantly surprised by Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner. When looking at my shelves I notice that I hardly ever read romance and there’s no reason for that. I read a lot of YA that has romance as it’s central plot but not much adult romance. I received this book from the publisher though and as it is an F/F romance I wanted to give it a try. I really enjoyed this book and liked that it was a slow burn romance book. I think that if I were to try and read romance novels they would have to be slow burn or friends to lovers.

7. Favorite New Author (debut or new to you):

There are so many new to me authors that I have read this year and have enjoyed. I think I would have to go with Junauda Petrus who wrote ‘The Stars and the Blackness Between Them’ as my favorite debut author for what I’ve read so far this year. I really enjoyed the way the characters in this story were written and the ways in which each emotion played out.

8. Newest Fictional Crush

I can’t really think of any character that I would say I have a crush on. The characters in my books tend to all be children that I want to protect. So there are many of them that I am amazed by and in awe of but none that I am crushing on.

9. Newest Favorite Character;

There are way too many that I just love and want to be friends with, or live in their world amongst them. I love Manu from Lobizona and the complexity of all her identities. I love how you get to see her in two different settings and while she grows as a character she is still the same person that she always was.

I also really like Soraya and Parveneh from Girl, Serpent, Thorn and how loyal they are to the people that they care about. I love how Soraya learns more about herself throughout the book and how what she learns adds to who she is. I also really like the strength that these two characters lend to each other.

10. Book That Made You Cry:

A lot of books have made me cry this year and I don’t know if it is because I read sad books when I’m more emotional or if this pandemic made me emotional. It can also be that these books are just sad or maybe I just cry very easily. It isn’t always sad books that make me cry though, books that I connect with are the worst when it comes to making me cry.

The most recent book that made me cry about something that I hadn’t let myself process was ‘We are Okay’ by Nina LaCour.

11. Book That Made You Happy:

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I read George by Alex Gino a while ago so when I saw this book I knew I had to read it. I hadn’t been reading physical books and there were no books that were getting my mind off something that had recently happened in my family. I picked this book up hoping to get through a few pages and I finished it over the weekend. It was such a cute read and the relationship that Rick had with his grandpa cheered me up.

12. Favourite book-to-film adaptation you saw this year:

I don’t think that I have seen any book-to-film movie adaptations this year. I have mostly been watching a lot of tv shows and the closest I get to this is Love, Victor which I loved.

13. Favourite review you’ve written this year:

I think I would have to go with my review for ‘We are Not From Here’ by Jenny Torres Sanchez. The writing of that review made me reflect on the privilege that I have by being a U.S citizen whose parents speak english and are also U.S. citizens. It was a book that I really enjoyed in which I learned a lot from.

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought (or received) so far this year:

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So many of the books that I have received this year are beautiful. I think I would have to go with ‘Ghost Squad’ by Claribel A. Ortega which was gifted to me.



15. What books do you want to read by the end of the year?

There are so many that I am hoping to read by the end of this year but to name a few:

The Living Dead by George A. Romero and Daniel Kraus

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Some of these questions were really challenging but I did enjoy looking back at everything that I read this year. It was especially interesting to compare the first two months of reading when I was commuting to work to what I read now as I work from home. I tag any of you who want to do this tag.