Hello everybody! Today I’ll be sharing with you some of my reading goals for 2021. What are some of your reading goals for this year? Feel free to let me know in the comments below ^^
My 2021 Goodreads Challenge
In 2020, I completed my Goodreads challenge, which was to read 285 books, by finishing 301 books. If you’re not familiar with Goodreads, it’s a website where you can keep track of the books you read and where you can rate and review your books. Every year, you can also set a reading goal for yourself. And although reading remains my favorite thing to do, in 2021 I also want to devote more time to some of my other passions, such as anime, journaling and blogging. Therefore, I’ve set my Goodreads Challenge for this year to 200 books. While this number is still high, I actually plan to read way more manga, comics and graphic novels this year, which tend to be relatively quick reads for me, hence my goal of 200 books for 2021.
Read more comics and graphic novels
While I love comics, I didn’t manage to read as many in 2020 as I wanted. So for this year, one of my goals is to read a lot more of them. I’ve especially been interested to read a lot of DC Silver/Bronze Age comics. One crazy idea that I’ve had for a while is to make my way through the DC timeline in chronological order. While that might not necessarily be something that I end up committing to this year, I do want to take a deeper dive in the origin stories and original comics of DC characters that I want to learn more about. In 2020 for instance, I read Huntress: Origins and the 1972 Swamp Thing series, both of which I really enjoyed.
I also want to read more Gotham/Bat Family stories. I’ve read a bunch of them already, and because I usually end up really enjoying them, I want to read a lot more this year. Especially stories about Dick Grayson (my fav), Barbara Gordon (another fav), Batwoman and Jason Todd (I’ve yet to read any Red Hood comics, so if you have some recommendations for me, do let me know!).
I also want to read more of Marvel’s Masterworks collections. These books collect the comics that form the origin stories of various Marvel characters. In 2020 for example, I read Volume 1 of the Spider-Woman Marvel Masterworks and Volume 1 of the Dazzler Marvel Masterworks, both of which I absolutely loved. While I love superheroes in general, I do have a special fondness for female superheroes, especially underrated or less mainstream ones such as Jessica Drew (in her original incarnation) and Dazzler. Same thing for DC’s Helena Wayne (my favorite version of Huntress), from the Huntress comics I mentioned above.
Read more manga
Just as with comics, although I love manga, I haven’t really read a lot of them in the past year. I started The Girl from the Other Side and The Promised Neverland in 2020, both of which I really enjoyed, and I definitely want to catch up with both series this year. I also want to start some new titles. Although I haven’t make an actual list of manga I want to start this year, some titles that have been on my radar are Ao Haru Ride, Fruits Basket and Pandora Hearts. Let me know in the comments if you have some other recommendations for me.
Participate in less readathons this year
If you’re not familiar with readathons, they are basically reading challenges that take place within a specific timeframe and where you have to pick and read books based on reading prompts or challenges. And while I love readathons, I feel like I overdid it a little last year with all the readathons I participated in. This year, I want my reading to be a little more chill. I will still be participating in the occasional readathon though, such as the Halloween themed ones that usually take place in October.
What are some of your goals for 2021? Are there specific books that you want to read this year? Personally, my most anticipated read is A Court of Silver Flames, the next book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas, which comes out in February 😀