Friday, January 1, 2021

Happy New Year - 2021 Reading Goals / Challenges

Wishing all my readers a Happy New Year. My love, good health and happiness make 2021 special.

I've been thinking a lot about 2021 reading. The past (2) years I've read between (135-142 books). This year's goal will be (125) so i won't feel any pressure. 

It seems like we will still be spending a lot of time home, at least for the first half of 2021 so I wanted to have more focus with on what I'm reading.  I want to read more books that I "purchased" over the years: physical books,  eBooks and audio books.  I really enjoy mysteries and thrillers so I'll try to read more of those in 2021 as well which will include some vintage mysteries as well. I alway start out with good intentions but, then plans fall apart or become less important LOL.

When I first started blogging in 2008, I joined loads of reading challenges each year but, have gotten away from that in recent years. Below are (3) challenges that seem to fit my goals which I decided to do informally:

                                                          (2-3 per month from my purchased books)

                                             (Reading the States will be an ongoing challenge)

1. Alabama
2. Alaska
3. Arizona
4. Arkansas
5. California
6. Colorado
7. Connecticut
8. Delaware
9. Florida
10. Georgia
11. Hawaii
12. Idaho
13. Illinois
14. Indiana
15. Iowa
16. Kansas
17. Kentucky
18. Louisiana
19. Maine
20. Maryland
21. Massachusetts
22. Michigan
23. Minnesota
24. Mississippi
25. Missouri
26. Montana
27. Nebraska
28. Nevada
29. New Hampshire
30. New Jersey
31. New Mexico
32. New York
33. North Carolina
34. North Dakota
35. Ohio
36. Oklahoma
37. Oregon
38. Pennsylvania
39. Rhode Island
40. South Carolina
41. South Dakota
42. Tennessee
43. Texas
44. Utah
45. Vermont
46. Virginia
47. Washington
48. West Virginia
49. Wisconsin
50. Wyoming

                                                             (Visit 20+ different countries)

(Goal 12 - one per month)
  1. January
  2. February
  3. March
  4. April
  5. May
  6. June
  7. July
  8. August
  9. September
  10. October
  11. November
  12. December

Of course, I still plan to read favorite authors, some new releases, a few memoirs and other non-fiction as well as some literary fiction.

                                      Have you set any goals or joined any challenges for 2021?


  1. I like the goals, and I like that you have chosen to take them on informally. I tend to be fairly informal myself, switching around challenges, adding them, deleting them, modifying them. That is what seems to work best for me.

  2. Fun goals, Diane. My goals are simply to read more from my shelves and kindle. A sub-goal is to read a Louise Penny mystery each month (several are on my kindle or audible shelf). That's it. Good luck to us both. Happy New Year!

  3. I do join the Goodreads challenge and also challenge myself to read more in the New Year than the last. Surprisingly, this year I surpassed my goal.

  4. All my challenges will basically revolve around my main one - Around the world in Eighty Books. That can link up nicely with you 20 Read around the World Challenge. We must give each other tips here!

    Good luck with your challenges and I'm sure you can do it!

    Elza Reads

  5. Happy New Year!

    Good luck with your reading challenges. I joined a few for 2021 too. I started blogging in 2008, too. At that time, I joined tons of reading challenges. I've cut back quite a bit and only do a few that I'm really interested in. I do like the idea of reading books I purchased and not just review books. I'm starting to cut back on my review books for now. We all know, things could change during the year.

    Anyway, good luck with your challenges and hope 2021 is a much better year!

  6. I also want to read more books that I purchased over the years. I'm finally starting to participate in challenges again and, like you, I tend to do it informally. I hope you have a wonderful reading year in 2021!

  7. Good luck on all of those fun challenges and Happy New Year from all of us!

  8. Fun reading goals! I haven't joined any reading challenges for 2021 yet, but that might change. You never know. Happy New Year! :D

  9. Diane, good luck with your goals for this year. I think a more laid back reading approach for 2021 sounds like a good plan. I like your challenges and wish you luck with them. Much hope that as the months pass in 2021, things will improve in many aspects of life. Happy New Year!

  10. I'm the same way. I start out with good intentions. LOL I think you have a nice selection of goals and challenges here, Diane. I wish you the best with all of them!

  11. Good luck with your goals, Diane. Reading more of my own book and listening to audiobooks I own will be a priority for me, too. Have a feeling we'll also be staying home for another six months... hopefully we'll start taking steps toward normal in the second half of the year.

  12. Happy New Year! You sound like you have a good idea of your reading plans for 2021. 125 books is still a lot! good luck.

  13. There's a lot to be said about reading from your own shelves. I don't do enough of it despite my good intentions, so that's one of my 2021 goals, too. You had a great reading year, and I'll look forward to seeing where your blog takes us in 2021. Happy New Year!

  14. Oh, are you ever going to have some fun with these two challenges! How wonderful for your reading audience! How we will vicariously enjoy! I'm psyched. Have a blast! And a very happy New Year to you and your family.

  15. Good luck with your goals! I've been looking for a good around the world reading challenge and the one you shared sounds perfect, especially because of its open-ended nature. I'll definitely be doing the TBR challenge as well.

  16. Good challenges! I always keep track of my countries and hadn't found a challenge for it so I am going to check out the one you listed. Thank you!

  17. Happy New Year, Diane! Like you, I intend to read more books from my stacks in 2021. I did pretty well with this last year, especially with my selections for challenges (Summer Reading, RIP XV and Nonfiction November). My stack for January consists of a lot of backlist titles, plus a couple of new ones. I'm excited! Thanks for the reminder about eBooks. I have several on my Nook, but I can't tell when I last turned on that thing! I'm just not drawn to ebooks. I think the Mount TBR challenge would suit me just fine. I'll probably join the Summer Reading and Nonfiction November challenge again this year, but I'm not sure about the RIP.

  18. That's an impressive set of goals and challenges. The one goal I set for myself is to average seven books a month. It's achievable for me. Other than that, I'm pretty laissez-faire with my reading. I don't generally plan ahead and like to be free to pick up whatever interests me at the moment. Happy reading in 2021.

  19. Happy New Year! I kind of did the same thing with challenges but have finally admitted to myself that I'm not great at linking up. I did do an official 50 States challenge in 2020 and had a lot of fun with that. Best of luck with your goals!

  20. Happy New Year!!! Good luck with your challenges. :)

  21. Well, here it is, January 2 already! I am still working out my plans. I like the way you did yours. Happy New Year and may the books keep us sane.

  22. Happy New Year, Diane! I love your reading goals and can't wait to see what books you find to read this year. I am also thinking of jumping in several challenges. Have a great reading year!

  23. Wishing you the very best for 2021.

  24. Happy New Year!! Reading challenges and I do not get along. Ha. Good luck with yours!


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