Thursday, 31 December 2020

Reading Goals for 2021

I debated whether to bother with any kind of reading challenges/goals this year as I really bit off more than I could chew last year and it made me grumpy... I just want to read! I want to read un-constrained! Whatever I want, whenever I want to read it, you know? 
But, I like lists! 
I like keeping track of what I'm reading and if I'm tracking what I'm reading anyway then it just makes sense to join in with a few challenges for the support and camaraderie they bring. 
 So, I'm keeping things simple: An audiobook challenge, a backlist challenge, a new release challenge and COYER (because it feeds into all of the above).
With these four challenges, everything I read counts towards one of them (often multiple) and I have a valid excuse to keep notes and make lots of lists. (Like I really need one...)
Oh! And I'm also going to do the Goodreads challenge because it's a tradition. 

Goals are going to be kept super realistic though
No stretch targets... In fact, I'm going to lowball myself as I have quite a few chonkers I want to tackle in 2021 and I don't want to feel like I'm falling behind if I spend a week (or more) reading a book of 900(ish) pages!


My Goodreads goal is 104 books. 
That averages out at two books a week, it is less than I read this year but still feels like a sensible number... I could have set it to 52 books (1 a week) but that would just be stupid as I have only had one year in the past 10 where I've read less than that. 
(And that year was a dark one, my friends...)

Now, onto the other challenges!


Hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer and That’s What I’m Talking About.

The rules are simple:
Listen to audiobooks! Re-reads count, books that apply to other challenges count, the main rule is that you consume the book in an audio format.

I'm aiming for 15-20 audiobooks again since I missed that target in 2020 due to little/no commuting thanks to covid. 


Hosted by Lark at The Bookwyrm's Hoard

The rules are simple: 
Read books published before 2020, and are in your TBR already, in order for them to count.
There are a few nuances but that's it in a nutshell! Read backlist books you've already TBR'd. You don't need to own them already, they just need to be flagged as one you want to read. 

My goal for backlist is 50 books.


Hosted by (Un)Conventional Bookworms

The rules are simple:
The book must be read and published in 2021 and be at least 100 pages long to qualify. 

Since I really want to focus on backlist titles this year, I'm setting my target at "newbie" and aiming for the top end of the target range which is 30 books.


Hosted by Michelle and Berls at Because Reading Is Better Than Real Life

The rules... Are not even a little bit simple:
I can't summarise the rules of COYER in a punchy sentence (or two) so I'm not even going to try. 
If you're curious, check out the link. 
The general gist is that you clear books (under a certain purchase price) off of your e-readers. There are different rules for different seasons but the general goal is reading your tbrs! It's massively flexible and low pressured even though it's complicated... Plus it has a big social element so is great for meeting other book bloggers. 

My goal for Winter COYER (Jan & Feb) is 10 books.
Spring COYER (Mar-Jun) is 16 books.
Summer COYER (Jul-Oct) is 16 books.
Autumn COYER (Nov-Dec) 10 books.


Since I'm a queen of over-thinking, you may notice (or maybe not) that the math in some of my challenges doesn't add up... I mean, everything is a new release or backlist - right? So why does my NR and backlist numbers only come to 80 when my reading goal is 104? It's simple - books published in 2020 fall through the net of both challenges since this particular backlist challenge doesn't cover 2020 releases and I'll undoubtedly read quite a few of them so... wiggle room. 😊


I'm also contemplating doing the Classic's Reading Challenge but that's more of a personal goal considering it's an up to 5-year commitment... More of that to follow, I guess!

So, tell me... Are you doing any challenges this year? And what are they?


  1. I love lists too! I just don't know how to read 104 books a year?!?! I'm going to keep it at 80... :)

    Wishing you a GREAT 2021, in your personal life AND bookwise ^^

  2. Good luck with your challenges! I think I’m just going to do the Goodreads challenge this year because I tend to fail at everything and get stressed out. Happy 2021!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  3. I like lists too, but I enjoy the challenges with more parameters. AtoZ, Literary Travels, Diversity, Monthly Motif, and Keyword Challenge seem to work well for me. I didn't add any new ones, but I might pick up a bingo here and there. Good luck with all your challenges!

  4. I'm going to keep it simple this year and just do the Goodreads challenge, which is a tradition like you said, and my Tackling The TBR which I kind of have to do or all control will be lost! I do want to complete more series but I don't want to pressure myself too much!

  5. Good Luck on your goals. The only goal I made last year was to read 150 books. I didn't make it so that's my goal this coming year as well. We'll see. Happy New year.

  6. Good luck - great goals! I cut back last year on challenges. I did Goodreads, COYER and hosted Library Love. I track my audio books though. You'll see my stats in my Sunday post.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  7. I never did meet my goal of 65 books for 2020. I'm hoping that this year is a much better reading year for me. I'm realizing that a lot of good looking books came out in 2020, and it's clear that I have a lot of catching up to do.

  8. I always read more than 50 books, but I set my challenge to 50 so I don't have to stress or think about it. :) I'm challenging myself to read more backlist titles from my shelves, too. Happy New Year!

  9. I love that your reading challenges make you grumpy. I have tried challenges as well, but I'm so busy and there's just so many books. I'm glad you make the effort at least, you should feel amazed. I hope you find this new year as one you can serve others as you already are.

  10. Good luck on your goals! I'm co-hosting the Read the Alphabet challenge, so I'm doing that one. I try and use that one for a lot of books I already own, or backlist titles. For Goodreads, I set it at 100, so we'll see.


  11. I’m doing a few challenges this year including a Discworld one and a general book buying ban challenge! Good luck!

  12. Good luck with the challenges! I'm still debating whether to do any but haven't picked any out yet lol... :):)