I, like many people, set myself some reading goals at the beginning of 2021. For me it was actually the first time I had done so. I’m very much a mood reader and in previous years had just let the reading mood take me wherever it so wished. Something I had noticed the last couple of years, however, was that I just was a little bit dissatisfied with my reading. It wasn’t bringing me the same joy and satisfaction that I longed for. So, in an attempt to change that, I decided to set some reading goals so I would pick out things outside of my normal comfort zone.
What better time to check in on those goals than here, mid way through the year? Let’s take a look back at the goals I set for myself back in January and see if I’m actually accomplishing them and if they are helping.
Pardon me while I take a breath here to call myself out. Please feel free to roll your eyes at me at any point, I probably deserve it. For years I would scoff at “Reading Goals” lists. I could understand that they likely worked for many people but decided that they weren’t for me. I was content shoving a rating onto whatever book I happened to pick up, often write a review, and be on my merry way and not think beyond that.
Well, I’ve changed my mind. The last year or two I’ve overall been very dissatisfied with what I’ve read and after some thought…I made a list. It started off as a errant thought about how to better enjoy my reading and progressed to this, my Reading Goals for 2021.
When I started book blogging on my previous blog nearly ten years ago now, I had very little idea of what was available within the book community at large. Obviously there were stories from the main genres: fiction, non fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, and historical fiction. At least, that is what I saw as the main genres because those were the ones I knew about. Even Goodreads was still just a wee little baby webpage at the time.