2021: Reading and Blogging Goals

Hi everyone,

As promised in my last post, this post is going to discuss my reading and blogging goals for 2021.

So without further ado…

I was wary of holding myself to too many goals and resolutions in 2021. I think we all know that the beginning of the year is going to be hard enough without putting so much pressure on ourselves to achieve goal after goal. Last year I did the same; I had planned so many amazing things in the year and had so many wonderful places to go, however life as we know it turned upside down and it felt like I had wasted my year. I don’t want that to happen again; I just want to take everyday as it comes and enjoy it.

However, there are some goals for my reading and blogging that I have decided to uphold this year.

In 2021, I want to…

#1 Read 70 books

Despite everything, 2020 provided the staying at home conditions for me to overtake my reading goal of 60 books. I read 75 books in 2020 so I have no doubt that I’ll be able to read 70 in 2021. Instead of increasing this goal to “read 80 books this year”, I’ve decided to keep it as it is as I want reading to remain enjoyable and not something that is tied to a lot of pressure.

#2 Read more authors that I’ve never read before

I’ve never read any Elizabeth Gaskell, Anne Brontë, Ernest Hemingway (amongst many others) and I do seem to gravitate towards authors that I’ve already read before. I think part of that comes from wanting a sense of familiarity and knowing what I like in a book and an author. 2021 will be the year that I get to some of these authors I’ve been missing out on.

#3 Read more classics from elsewhere in the world besides the UK and USA and also read more translated fiction

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m guilty of spending too much of my time reading classics based in the UK (typically Victorian London) and USA. As with the authors, I’ve got too comfortable with only reading what I know I’ll like. I want to change this and broaden my horizons, reading more fiction from elsewhere in the world as well as translated fictions. If you have any great classic recommendations set in places/written by authors not from the UK or USA, then let me know below!

#4 Use the library more

This was also one of my goals for 2020 and covid-19 made that a little difficult. Despite going back into a third lockdown here in the UK this week, I’m determined to make use of my local library. Although all the libraries are closed, my local library has an online catalogue of audiobooks and ebooks that I really want to use to 1. support my local library and 2. enjoy their great selection of books!

#5 Limit my book buying

In 2020, I decided that I wouldn’t buy any books and I managed to do that! This year I’m relaxing a little with my book buying ban and hoping to be more mindful with my purchases. I don’t want to put a specific figure or amount of books that I’m allowing myself to buy a month or a season, but I just want to think more about my purchases.

#6 Only do seasonal TBR’s

I haven’t done a TBR since May 2020 and I don’t think I’ve ever really discussed why I stopped doing them. My plan is, going forward, to only do seasonal TBR’s (the first one will be coming Spring 2021). I’m also planning on writing a blog post as to why I want to do my TBR’s this way so stay tuned for that! In a nutshell, I think a seasonal TBR will give me a lot more freedom whilst also offering some structure to my reading.

#7 Try and post at least six posts a month

Typically in a normal month I would write and post between five and six blog posts. I want to maintain this and continue to write and post six each month. Of course any month where I’m feeling particularly inspired to do more will be welcome but, again, I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself and ruin something that I enjoy immensely. I feel like six is a comfortable amount for me.

What are your blogging and reading goals for 2021?

Let me know below!

Thanks for reading.

Love, Zoë x

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