2021 has been another strong reading year! I may not have read as many books as last year, but that’s okay. Life happens. Here were my goals for 2021:
Continue to enjoy what I read and embrace the mood reader in me!
Be more selective and mindful of the books I receive/request that I will be reviewing.
Buy less books and use the resources I have to attain books, e.x. library, current book subscriptions I’m actively using.
Here’s what I learned:
Reading my favorite genres help me enjoy reading. I found that sticking with my favorite genres (romance and thrillers) actually gave me comfort and helped me get out of reading slumps.
Stepping up my audiobook game! Audiobooks have been a wonderful option during those times where I want to read but I don’t have the time to sit down and read a book, need to multitask or my eyes are tired from staring at screens all day.
Mood reading is ok. I’ve noticed that whenever I’ve forced myself to read a book because of a deadline or whatnot, I don’t appreciate it as much. That isn’t to say that I’m going to throw deadlines out the door but to give myself a better mix of books I need to read and ones I feel like picking up.
After reflecting my reading habits this past year, I decided to focus on these 3 goals for 2022:
GoodReads Challenge:Put at 1 for fourth year in a row to continue to enjoy what I read.
Read more books from South Asian authors.
Finish the rest of Jane Austen novels this year.
How was your 2021 reading year? What are your 2022 reading goals?
This year has seriously been flying by! With only a couple of months and some days left of 2021, I thought I would do a reading check in to see how my reading this year is going.
Overall, I’m reading way less than I did the previous years which is totally okay with me. One main factor has been raising my pup.
In terms of my goals, I originally had 3 goals.
1. Continue to enjoy what I read and embrace the mood reader in me!
I think I’ve been pretty good about this one so far! Even though my quantity of books has gone down, I like that I’ve been trying to embrace being a mood reader. Also if I’m not enjoying a book, I DNF or get back to it if I feel like I just can’t read it at the moment.
2. Be more selective and mindful of the books I receive/request that I will be reviewing.
I think I’ve been okay about this, but definitely need to get better about being more selective.
3. Buy less books and use the resources I have to attain books, e.x. library, current book subscriptions I’m actively using.
Oh boy! Over the summer, I did buy a few books beyond my book subscriptions, but overall, I’ve been pretty good at reading books I own and books I receive for subscriptions.
How are your reading goals going? Are you adjusting any of them?
2020 has been a wild year! I’m a bit surprised that I didn’t read as many book as I did last year since we had a pandemic and needed to be home, but I did attain my goal in enjoying the books I read rather than the number.
My 2020 reading goal was simply to enjoy what I read. Here is what I learned this year:
1. Reading outside of my comfort zone: I’m proud of myself for stepping it of my comfort zone and exploring genres that I typically wouldn’t read like fantasy, horror, and sci-fi. Fantasy has become one of my go-to comforts besides contemporary, romance, and thrillers. 2. Mental Health: If there was one thing I had to take away from this year, it is definitely the importance of mental health. This also correlates with reading because sometimes I would pick up a book and I may not enjoy it as much because I wasn’t in the right headspace. There were a few times this year where I picked up a book, started reading, and then put it aside because I wasn’t emotionally ready for the book. Then a few days or a few weeks later, I would pick up that same book I put down and would enjoy it so much more. 3. DNF books: This year I noticed I DNF’ed way more books than I have last year or the year before. I’m glad that I’ve been more selective on what I read especially since I’ve been wanting to focus on reading what I enjoy instead of being forced to read something.
After taking a step back, I figured that I’m going to have two goals in 2021: 1. Continue to enjoy what I read and embrace the mood reader in me! 2. Be more selective and mindful of the books I receive/request that I will be reviewing. 3. Buy less books and use the resources I have to attain books, e.x. library, current book subscriptions I’m actively using.
I can’t believe that we are already half way done with this year! Now it’s time to check the progress of my reading goals to see how they are coming along.
This year I decided to have two simple reading goals and if needed, I can modify. Here is my goals progress:
Goal #1: Read 50 books by the end of this year.
Tracking – I’m currently on book 46 so I’m pretty confident I can complete my goal by next month. I actually will surpass the number of books I read last year (53) by the end of this year so that will be exciting.
Goal #2: Reads 6 ARCs this year.
Complete – I was able to fulfill this goal pretty quickly earlier this year thanks to the publishers who provided them!
Did you set up reading goals this year? If so, how are they coming along?