My 2021 Reading Resolutions

Last week I did my Book Awards 2020, wrapping up my bookish thoughts for the previous year. Now, I want to focus on some reading resolutions that I would like to make for 2021. These resolutions are based on my reading habits for last year and ways I can grow as a reader. If you look at my completed reviews for 2020, you will see that I finished 44 books. Considering I took about three months downtime from reading seriously and blogging, this number isn’t necessarily bad. While the pandemic helped others surge in their reading, it had the opposite effect for me. I also accepted a promotion at my job! While being a clinical director certainly has perks, it does mean more hours. So the key word for 2021 is simplicity. As I already mentioned in an earlier post, I’m only participating in one official challenge, Back to the Classics 2021. The rest is up to me. So, here are my thoughts:

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Resolution #1: Read and review 50 books-Even if I hit another dry spell, this is an extremely doable goal. I want to make sure that I’m reading quality books, which brings me to my next goal:

Resolution #2: Read at least 20-25 books from my Classics Club list-I have just under three years to finish my original list for the Classics Club, or 100 CLASSICS IN 5 YEARS! Although I’ve read a ton of classics, I’ve barely put a dent in this list!

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Resolution #3: Read a larger selection from more diverse writers-While I’m not putting a number on this one, my plan is to read a more varied selection (gender, sexuality, nationality, works in translation). Those horizons better be broader by year’s end! However, reading should be fun, which brings me to my next resolution:

Resolution #4: Read from the genres I love-I flipping love sci-fi/fantasy and plan to read more widely there. Over the past couple of years, I’ve discovered a love of cozy British mysteries so expect a few whodunits.

Here’s a great site that hosts an Agatha Christie read each month: I have SO MANY Agatha Christie books now, so bet your bottom dollar that I’m doing some sleuthing. I also plan on reading more short story and poetry collections this year as well.

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Resolution #5: Read more of my own damn books-I failed this one beautifully last year, but hey if at first you don’t succeed right? Unfortunately, I’m off to a lousy start (bought seven books over the weekend, damn vixens). I shall try to practice setting some boundaries with myself.

So, those are my 5 reading resolutions for 2021. I’m already off and running, currently reading Northanger Abbey and The Collected Poems of Sylvia Plath. In order to help me track progress and look at my reading habits differently, I’m going to utilize Goodreads once again. Fingers crossed I can meet my goals (and better them) over the next 12 months!

Are you making any reading resolutions for 2021? If so, I’d love to hear about them, so leave a comment down below!

10 thoughts on “My 2021 Reading Resolutions

  1. I’m going to try REALLY hard to read my own books this year, but working in an Indie bookshop makes that a hard decision to stick to – too many shiny new books keep turning up every month!

    Good luck with your year of reading diverse sci-fi classics 🙂

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  2. Dave Williams

    Good luck with your reading goals! Last summer, I started reading books by self-published writers, and continuing that is my reading goal of 2021. That, and reading Dune, as I enjoy sci-fi but I haven’t gotten around to reading that epic book in the genre.

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  3. Good idea to set some goals, I haven’t done that yet but I think I should – to read more diversely is one I’m really trying to do, finding publishers like Peirene that publish in translation has been a help. And thanks for the Agatha Christie link, I had forgotten how much I enjoy murder mystery!

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    1. Joel Getter

      I really want to read more diversely. I’m trying to decide which Christie to read for January…toss-up between their January pick ‘The Hollow’ or ‘Mysterious Affair at Styles’ which is her first published novel!

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  4. I do have some reading goals for 2021, which I just posted about here. I want to reread all the Harry Potter books, clear off one whole TBR shelf of books, and possibly host a read-along of Sense & Sensibility. I have continuing Classics Club goals and am trying to read one book by or about a non-white person every month, though I didn’t mention those in the post I linked to because they’re not specific to 2021, just general goals.

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    1. Joel Getter

      Those are some great goals! Let me know if you do the read-along to Sense and Sensibility. I reread it a couple of years ago, but I love it so much! I want to improve on reading more non-white authors as well. Good luck on your challenges!


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