It’s hard to believe 2020 is almost over, but I am certainly not complaining.
Although it was a little lacking in other departments, 2020 was an amazing reading year for me. I started my blog in March, which reignited my almost-dormant passion for reading, and as the year went on my book addiction was completely resuscitated. As of now- December 26th- I have read 125 books. That’s the highest number of books I’ve read in a year since I began keeping track on Goodreads in 2017. By far.
I’m going to elaborate some more on my favorite books of the year next week, but today I wanted to talk about my 2021 reading (& blogging) resolutions. Because, you know, I didn’t want to do my Top 20 Books of 2020 post until after the actual end of 2020. In case I read one last amazing book this week.
2021 Reading Resolutions:
1) Read 60 books
I know 60 is a step back from the number I read this year, but next year, if all goes according to my desperate hopes, will not involve 10 months of sitting on the couch unable to leave my house.
And if I end up exceeding my goal, all the better.
2) Read less YA
This seems almost counterintuitive; after all, I am a 16-year-old girl in high school- the exact target audience of YA. I’m also book blogger, and it seems like the majority of the Internet’s book “influencers” read mostly YA. Because YA is fun!
I think I read mostly what would be considered “upper YA”, and I’ve started to find myself reading things labeled YA that make me think wow, I would have liked this so much more two or three years ago. Some of the tropes and character types have also begun to become repetitive. Mostly, though, I just want to expand the range of books I read.
I’m still going to read mostly YA because I like it, but I want to make a point to read more adult, MG, and classics this year!
(Perhaps a more fitting title for this category would be “read more books that are not YA”)
3) Read a wider variety of genres
What I noticed from my assessment of my favorite books of 2020 (coming soon to this blog!) is that most of my top choices were historical fiction or mystery, which is unsurprising since I’ve repeated ad nauseam that those are my favorites.
There were a lot of classics, a few contemporaries, and a surprisingly high number of sci-fis, since I didn’t think I read that much sci-fi. There were also many nonfiction books that would have made the list had I decided to include nonfiction, even though I barely read any nonfiction this year until the end of the year. Basically, I noticed that although I didn’t read a lot of sci-fi or nonfiction, the few I did read, I really liked.
So this year, I want to challenge myself to read more sci-fi and nonfiction. I also kind of want to try fantasy again, even though I didn’t like the handful of fantasy books I tried in 2020.
4) Think more deeply about the books I read
Sometimes, especially earlier this year, I feel like I’m reading a book just to be able to say I read it, or to be able to say I liked it, or to write a review about it. Sometimes I feel like I never have a deep connection to books like some people seem to, so this year I want to try to think deeply about the themes of the books I read. I always try to write reviews that actually talk about the multifaceted ideas in a book instead of just “I liked it” or “I didn’t like it”, but I’m going to focus even more on it this year. Which brings me to my next goal…
5) Post more consistently
I haven’t been posting that often recently… realistically, it’s not always going to be possible for me to post 3 times a week like I used to in the summer. I’ve been having writer’s block for a while, but it also takes me a long time to write posts now because I usually make them 800-1500 words. I also try to make all of my posts at least somewhat interesting, and sometimes (often) the ideas just won’t come! Eh. I blame quarantine.
In 2021, I am going to challenge myself to stay at least one week ahead of my posting schedule so that I’ll always have something ready to go each Saturday. I was pretty consistent this year, until the end of the year, but I know I can make it less stressful on myself.
2021 TBR (ish)
I’m generally not much of a TBR person; I usually just choose a random book to read whenever I feel like starting a new one. But here are some books from my 200-book-long Goodreads TBR list that I might finally get to this year (in no particular order):
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
- The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
- The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orcuzy
- Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
- The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
- They Went Left by Monica Hesse
- Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
- The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
If you’ve read any of the above titles or have any other recommendations you feel like sharing, please leave a comment!