2021 Bookish & Blog Goals

Hey there! It’s been some time since my last post. I hope you’re all doing well and being safe during this whole stressful time.

So, I know we’re already half way through April, but I wanted to briefly discuss my reading and other bookish goals for the year, as well as future plans for other reading goals I’d like to achieve over the next few years.

I’d like to read 52 books this year.

It’s not a strict goal that I’ll be devastated if I don’t hit it, but I just wanted to give myself the challenge of trying to read one book a week. I’m a bit behind, but that’s okay. I’m aiming to read four books per month, basically.

I’m focusing on reading for fun.

The past year has been, you know, Not Fun for anyone, and I just want to focus on reading things that genuinely interest me and I want to have fun doing so. I’m not really aiming to read critically or anything (though that might just come naturally the more I read, as it would with anyone), but I’m aiming to just find things that interest me and have a good time.

Read more diversely.

We can always all do our best and our part to read more diversely, so I’m making it a goal to read at least one book a month by a POC, disabled, own voices, and/or non-binary, etc. author.

I’m rereading books to finish series.

Alrighty, so because of stuff that happened almost five years ago, I never ended up finishing these series. Not because I wasn’t invested, but I went through a really dark time and have only very recently been getting the urge to read more again.

  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas books 1-5 to finish books 6 & 7. Novella can be read at any time. (As of the time I’m writing this post, I’m more than 50% through Heir of Fire, book 3.)
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas books 1-2 to finish books 3-5.
  • Air Awakening by Elise Kova books 1-4 to finish book 5.

Unhauling books I’ve had for way too long that I know I won’t read, & not being afraid to DNF something I’m not enjoying.

Life is too short. TBRs get too long and ridiculous. I’ve had some books for years and years and haven’t touched them. Will I read them one day? I don’t know, but I don’t want to keep them if it means just more unnecessary stress or clutter. If I have the urge, I can always borrow from my library or repurchase them.

There are some books, however, that I have no idea if I’ll read them or not and have been debating on selling or donating, but I for some reason can’t bring myself to do it. These books include the Shadowhunter chronicles by Cassandra Clare, and the Lunar Cycle by Marissa Meyer. I’ve had them for so long, and I just don’t know if I can bring myself to read them anymore.

Getting my TBR down to zero (or less than 20) by the end of 2025.

It’s ambitious to say this as I have… way too many books I want to read, and obviously new books come out all the time, but I’m hoping to get my TBR down to zero by the end of 2025 if I can. Or at least down to 20. I think that would be so much more manageable.

Trying to read more from my library and only purchasing books I’d like to reread one day, or just have a spot on my shelf.

Because of where I currently live, the selection at my local library is not what I wish it would be, but I would like to try to read the newer releases of books through my library (or kindle unlimited or whatever) first to see if I enjoy them or not before spending my money.

Not shame myself for not reading a certain genre, age group, etc. anymore.

Hey, what a great goal to have. I know as readers – especially ones on the internet – many of us can feel like we have to read every genre and age groups out there, but we really, really don’t. The older I’m getting, the more I’m realizing how much I want to transition out of YA reads and focus on more adult reads. I’ve noticed that a lot of people who are close to 30 or are over 30 have felt the same way. There is nothing wrong with being any age reading YA, middle grade, elementary, etc. But I’m also at a point where I want to read more experiences from people who are in their 20s or in their 30s doing stuff, you know?

Blog related: I’d like to try to keep this blog alive and post at least once a week.

I’ve had this blog since 2014, and so it’s been a long time of talking about books and other things along the way. As a way to renew this place, I’m going to be focusing solely on reading material, but I’ll probably talk more about other things I’ve been enjoying in wrap-up style posts (such as video games, TV shows, etc.). Again, I’m not going to condemn myself if I decide to just stop blogging all together. The amount of energy for doing much of this hasn’t come back yet, but we’ll see what happens.


I believe those are all of the bookish, blog, and reading goals I have for this year (and into the future). Even though I’m a bit late, I hope you enjoy coming along with me through my reading journey.

Tell me what one of your goals for this year is. It doesn’t have to be reading related if you don’t want it to be.

All the Updates! | NaNoWriMo, Anniversary, Reading, Life, & Blog

Hey peeps! So I just wanted to give an update as to what’s been going on in my life and in many parts of my life, especially in this upcoming month of November.

Anniversary

Today, November 1st, marks my one year wedding anniversary! I can’t believe a year has already gone by since I married my best friend. It’s been such a fast year and it’s been a good one at that. Today we’re going to be out and about going to restaurants and shopping (of course Barnes and Noble will be included in the shopping) and possibly star gazing, so it’s going to be a really fun time. Here’s one of the pictures from our wedding day last year:

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Reading

Okay, last month was an epic fail in terms of reading. Even though I still managed to read something, I feel so lacking! I miss reading and diving into worlds and getting attached to characters. So for the month of November I think I’m going to try to read at least three books, even though this month is going to be crazy with NaNoWriMo and all that. BUT I do have the first week off for vacation from work, so yay for that! We’ll see how much I get done. My “currently reading” pile keeps getting bigger and bigger because I keep starting books and putting them down, so I really need to power through them.

On my currently reading pile (which is just a stack on my shelves) I have twelve physical books that I have started and have yet to actually finish. Some are more read than others, but I’m still a fail in terms of having come anywhere near finishing them. I’m going to just try to read what interests me most because I really don’t want to pick up another book and get stuck again.

The books are:

And this doesn’t even include all of the e-books and audiobooks I have yet to finish, either…

I’m a mess. Which book do you recommend I finish reading first? I’m kind of leaning towards Goblet of Fire or Magic Strikes.

NaNoWriMo

Speaking of NaNo, I’m participating this year! If you don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, click here to read my post about preparing for it. I actually decided that I’m going to continue writing the story I was working on during Camp NaNoWriMo earlier this year and so I’m happy with my decision to do that; I’ve been putting it off for so long and I really just want to finish it – at least the first draft. So wish me luck because it’s going to be one interesting month.

Check out my profile to become my writing buddy and see what I’m writing! I’ll most likely update the synopsis some time this month, but you can check out an excerpt there.

Life

Okay, so life seems to slowly be getting back on track in terms of work. I’ve been working six days a week full-time over the past two months, and I’m just exhausted. Having a week off from work is exciting, but I also have no idea what I’m going to do with myself… other than read and write, of course. But I am excited that I actually have Wednesdays off again (as well as Sundays, as always), so that’ll be nice to be able to just have a day to do whatever I want.

Also, someone decided to dent the hood of my car. I’m really annoyed by it – I don’t even care about having them pay for the damage, I just want an apology and an explanation. But I probably won’t get either, but we’ll see if maybe my landlord can help out with security footage and all of that.

So I finally decided to bring my bird, Yoshi, to the apartment and I am so happy I did! He’s much happier now, I think, especially since we upgraded his cage, gave him a lot more toys, different perches for his foot health, and just… I’m happy! I’m finally taking care of him the way I’ve wanted to for years but have been prevented mostly by my parents (not that they were being mean about it). So yay, birdie! Here he is:

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He’s a lovebird, and no, he does not need a buddy with him despite common misconception. He isn’t hand tamed, but he’s got a great personality for handling, so I’m hoping that with time and patience I’ll be able to become his friend.

If you want to see updates with Yoshi and our journey of becoming friends, you can check out our tumblr!

Blog

Alright, so I’ve really kind of neglected this blog in the last month; I think part of it is because I didn’t have much to say and the other part was just not really reading much or being part of the community as much. So sad to think, really. But I’m going to do my best this month to update weekly with NaNoWriMo updates, as well as anything else I can think of! I really want this to be a fun, engaging, and interactive place for you guys, so please let me know if you have any suggestions for topics, blog posts, or books! I’d love to hear them.

I believe that’s it for updates! I’ll do them every now and again to keep you guys in the loop and to just get some things off of my chest every now and then, because who doesn’t need that every once in a while?

But yeah, please let me know if you have any suggestions for blog posts or topics, as well as what I should read first from my list up above. Thanks a bunch and have a wonderful day!