Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these, I had a big job application due last week so that’s what I spent most of my time on, but that’s all done now so this week looks set to be quieter.
Anyway, it’s Tuesday, which means another Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week we’re talking about our Goals for 2021. I’m not planning on making any life goals for this year, since that just seems doomed to failure, but reading, writing and blogging goals? Those I can definitely do! I always love doing these posts at the beginning of the year, because I like having things to work towards during the year. So here we go, these are my Reading/Writing/Blogging Goals For 2021:
- Complete my Goodreads Challenge
As with every year, I will be working towards completing my Goodreads Challenge. Like always, I’ve started it at 24, but I plan to put it up throughout the year, I just like starting with something I know I can achieve and putting it up so that it feels more low pressure. I read 45 books for my challenge last year and I’d really like to make 50 this year if I can.
2. Complete my #RockMyTBR Challenge
Another annual one, I have another 12 books on my challenge list this year and after only making it to 10 last year, I’d really like to complete the full 12 this year. Half of the books I read for the challenge last year made it onto my Best Books of 2020 list so I’m hoping this year will be just as successful.
3. Finish current round of edits on This Is Not A Love Story
Hannah and I are continuing swapping chapters of our novels this year and I’d really like to be able to have mine fully edited by the end of the year. I’m not sure whether I’m going to send this out for querying again or not, but it would be nice to have a fully polished MS by the end of this year.
4. Get Netgalley Ratio to 80%
Ah the elusive Netgalley Ratio. My Netgalley ratio actually ended up going down at the end of last year after I went on a bit of a requesting spree, so I’m hoping this year to read all of the books I’ve requested and hopefully finally reach the elusive 80%.
5. Catch up on 2020 releases
Another annual one. I actually don’t have as many 2020 releases to get to as I did 2019 releases, purely because there were less 2020 releases on my list. I do have some really anticipated sequels to first books that I only read last year to read though: like The Silvered Serpents and Good Girl, Bad Blood.
6. Read more new to me authors
I found so many great new authors last year, so I wanted to bring this goal back again this year as I love finding new authors to support and trying new authors means more potential favourites.
7. Continue reading more by authors of colour
I discovered a lot of great books by authors of colour last year and I really want to find more this year in my continued efforts to diversify my reading.
8. Read more non-fiction
I had this one a couple of years ago, but I decided to bring it back this year as I still have quite a lot of non-fiction books on my shelf that I want to read. I particularly want to try and get to Laura Bates’ Everyday Sexism this year after really enjoying Men Who Hate Women last year.
9. Try and have Writing Corner posts more regularly
My Writing Corner posts kind of fell away last year, what with me not really writing fiction for a large portion of the year due to the pandemic and not really being able to get many guest posters (again probably largely due to the pandemic) so I’m hoping to get it started up again a bit more this year.
10. Don’t buy any physical books from Amazon
Now, I’m not really under the illusion that I’ll be able to cut off all my Amazon usage completely, since I’m pretty attached to Audible and I like using Goodreads, plus Amazon Prime has a lot of great shows. However, what I can do is make sure that I’m supporting actual bookstores over Amazon, so this year, I’m going to make sure that all physical books I buy come from either Waterstones, Blackwells or independent bookstores.
So those are my Reading/Writing/Blogging goals for the year. Do you set goals for the year? If not, then why not? What are your goals for 2021? Do we share any? Let me know in the comments!
I’ll be back next week with another Top Ten Tuesday, talking about Books I Meant To Read In 2020 But Didn’t Get To.