HAPPY NEW YEAR!
It’s finally 2021! I think we needed the fresh start, clean slate feeling that a new year brings. My new Bullet journal/ Reading journal has been set up (My post should be live on the 4th) and I can start filling its pages with lots of awesome reads. I like setting goals and challenges for myself, I am not to strict at keeping myself to them, especially last year as I think we needed to be a bit easier on ourselves. I will be doing the same this year allowing myself some slack but using these goals and challenges as guidelines to put me back on track when I get a bit lost.
1) GOODREADS GOAL 2021
In 2020 I read 140 books! 10 more than the previous year. I completed my Goodreads goal all the way back in September. I am overjoyed by that number, especially as I basically didn’t read in October and November due to Nanowrimo, wanting to focus on trying to plan and write my novel.
Instead of upping my goal I am sticking to my goal of 100 books for this year. I now know I can comfortably reach that goal but also that it gives me enough to work towards. So I think it is a good number for me to aim towards. This is just under 2 books a week. I am hoping that I will continue to participate in various readathons throughout the year. They really spur on my reading, they make me think about the books I am reaching for but also keep me in touch with the community. I get to meet some awesome people.
2) FOCUS ON READING BOOKS I OWN
I have gone through my shelves, both physical, Kindle and Netgalley backlog that I haven’t read. Yikes! I have a lot of books to choose from! Therefore, I continuing with my TBR game based on the games of Becca from Becca and the Books and Jade from Jadeyraereads. There have been some rule changes this year and my post on these changes and my first 6 books will be live tomorrow. This should see me reading choosing a minimum 72 of the books off of my shelves.
I am also going to participate in Beat the Backlist from Novel Knight to give myself some extra prompts to pick more books from my own shelves. I will add what prompts I choose to my TBR and Wrap ups.
3) CONQUER THE CLASSICS
I have decided that it is time I dive into some classics I have always had an interest in reading (re-reading / finally finishing) so I have picked out a few that I would like to get to this year. I am hoping to work my way through these books:
A Study in Scarlet
The adventures of Sherlock Holmes
The Sign of the Four
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
Hound of the Baskervilles
The Return of Sherlock Holmes
The Valley of Fear
His Last Bow
The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Two Towers
The Return of the King
I will also be continuing with my reading of Agatha Christie Mysteries.
2020 was a wonderful year for my blog, I cant believe how much it has grown, thank you so much to everyone that has followed me, read my posts, commented and liked my posts. I cant tell you how much I appreciate your support.
1) Maintain my posting schedule
I tried to set up a regular posting schedule last year and I would like to refine that a bit more and try to stick to it. I also want to get better at setting out posts in advance. I tend to write them in the evening before but I would like to build up more of a queue just to give me pre-scheduled posts to dip into and give me more reading time instead of rushing around to format posts etc.
I would like to try and put more effort into my Bookstagram. I participated in a few photo challenges last year and really enjoyed them so I would like to post more. I am hoping I can increase my following and frequency of my posting. So I am going to spend January setting up a theme and developing some ideas. I am also thinking that I will try and link them back to my blog posts more. If you have any tips or tricks for maintaining your bookstagram I would love to hear them.
So Those are my goals and reading challenges I am setting myself for 2021. Now I am off to do some reading!!!
Very Happy New year to you and Happy Reading!