Good morning everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful and safe weekend. Today we’re just going to be briefly brain-dumping some 2021 goals. These are mostly going to be reading goals and focused a lot on one specific idea I have, but I really want to hear from you all.
So tell me, what are some goals you are either planning on doing next year or ones that you did this year that really helped to push you to read more and/or read more outside of your norm?
Let’s get right into some of the ideas that I have.
I try every year to work on reading series that I’m currently working on. My issue is that I don’t prioritize them even despite the fact that I know I want to be reading them.
So an idea to help with that, is focusing on ongoing series. So I want to take a look again at the list I have on series that I’m currently reading and update it. Then I want to break down that list to look specifically at the series that have sequels coming out in 2021. Those are the series I’ll focus on. Then I’ll be able to plan to read not only those series before the sequel comes out, but I can keep up with the series by reading the sequel as well.
While this won’t necessarily help with series that are completed, I’d at least be able to focus on the ones that are ongoing so I don’t get further behind on those ones.
2. Mystery Books
I’ve tried A LOT of different “mystery” books styles. I’ve wrapped books, put random books in boxes, done TBR jars. I’ve done a lot. But nothing really seems to work.
I loved the wrapped books, but it was a lot of wrapping paper just being wasted. So let me know some ideas that you all may have for a mystery books style.
I generally want to take books from my shelves, put them somewhere where I’ll be able to open them and it’ll be a surprise what books I’ll be reading. It helps me to prioritize books that I either forget about often or that I’ve been putting off for one reason or another.
3. Yearly Reading Goal
I have two ideas. I definitely think I’ll be setting my goal to a certain number (you’ll have to wait for my yearly goals blog post/video to find out what that number is), but I am debating if I want to have a set number for novels specifically. I have a habit of having 90% of my reading goal being graphic novels, which is completely okay, but I would definitely like to focus more on reading novels in 2021.
4. Yearly Reading Challenges
I tend to do the PopSugar and Linz the Bookworm yearly reading challenges every year. I usually just do them passively as a kind of “if this book counts, great” rather than searching out books to fit them. While normally that’s fine for me, I really want to include some challenges that I will actually work toward completing. Specifically ones that are going to get me to read out of my “comfort” zone and more diversly.
So, if you find any, feel free to send them to me! Even if you have favorites from 2020, let me know. If there’s one I’m really interested in doing, but they don’t make a 2021 version of it, then I could always just do the 2020 version. I mean, I’ve tried to do Diversity Bingo from like 2017 for two years. Maybe I’ll bring it back again and do it in 2021.
5. TBR Games
Alright. So this is the one that I’m most excited about and need help with. I’m sure you’ve seen different TBR games around BookTube and such. I’ll share a couple videos as well. But I would really like to do something like this, but I’m not sure how I want to handle it.
I’m currently thinking my best bet is going to be doing a bingo board where I could get myself a bingo wheel and do that each round. I’ll end up “choosing” 4-5 prompts and then doing a wrap up after finishing those 4-5 books to go with the prompts.
The only way I can think to make that fit is with Bingo. While I love these other fun ideas, I don’t think that these would work out best for me. Bingo seems to be the best fit, but if you have any other recommendations for games that I could turn into TBRs, let me know!
Keep an eye out both on here and on YouTube for a post where I’ll be asking for suggestions for prompts. I do plan on getting some/all the prompt ideas from you all. Prompts will be reused but I want enough of a variety so when I finish reading the books for the prompts chosen, I can replace them with other prompts.
But that’s really it for this post. I hope you all enjoyed and I hope you are coming up with some fun unique ideas if you’re planning on doing anything in 2021. This year was a mess and I think we all can accept the fact that it’s okay if we threw all out goals out the window.
But I’m hoping for the best in 2021.
That being said, I’m going to go. Remember to vote everyone. It’s so freaking important right now. If you don’t have a plan, make one now for both voting at as a “just in case” after. Stay safe and if you ever need to chat, I’m here.
Have a wonderful day and I’ll see you all next time.