2021 Reading Goals


On this day in early January, I thought I’d share some goals that I have for reading in 2021. Overall, I wanted my goals to center around more specific books that I would like to get to this year, since I am not going to be pressuring myself with numbers. However, I will have a reading list for school that I have to get through, which, in its first-draft rendition contains 82 items. This will obviously take priority in my reading time this year along with thesis research and course work, but I still think it is important to read some things for fun or that are for learning things outside of school, and these are some books I would like to use towards that end this year:

1. How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

I was really trying to read this book by the end of 2020, but it was sold out often, so I did not acquire it until the end of the year. Nevertheless, I have heard that this is a useful book towards understanding Antiracism and implementing it into one’s life. This is an emergency priority, so I am hoping to start this one as soon as possible.

2. The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

This is a collection of short stories and essays by the late Yale graduate Marina Keegan. I bought this book a long time ago, but lately it has been catching my eye a lot on my shelf and so I am hoping to start it soon. It seems like it will be a beautiful book.

3. Finish the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

I read about half of this series in 2020, so I am hoping to finish it out this year. I already have Empire of Storms lined up.

4. Imitations Zadie Smith

I head NW by Zadie Smith a few years ago, and I am currently reading White Teeth. I also recently bought this short book of essays, which I would like to read soon as well. I have really enjoyed her work so far from what I have read.

5. Normal People Sally Rooney

I have seen this book a lot around the blogosphere lately, and I bought it quite a while ago…I think close to when it first came out. I am hoping to read it this year because (A) I have heard that the show is also quite excellent, and (B) I am taking an Irish literature class, so I feel like it may relate, although the only textbook I have had to buy for the class so far is a copy of James Joyce’s Ulysses.

7. Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

This book is more of a priority due to it being a gift. My boyfriend recently ordered it for me from Amazon, and it is due to arrive later this week. I like to read books that are gifts soon after I receive them, which is often why I do not like to borrow/get books from people because I don’t like the obligation. However, since this is my man that I live with, it is fine and I will read the book soon and I am looking forward to it.

8. This is a little more general, but I’d like to also read a book in German. I don’t know if that is really going to be a realistic goal this semester, but it would be cool. I guess it could still count if it is a children’s book though, which is totally do-able.

I would like to read other books too, but these are the ones that have my attention right now, and I am trying not to put too much on my plate with everything else going on this year for me in terms of school. Do you have any specific books that you want to read this year? Are any of them the same as the one’s I’ve shared?

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