I feel like I’m going to be saying this for a while, but we all know 2020 sucked and I am so determined to make 2021 a better year. That includes my Goodreads Reading Challenge. If you aren’t familiar with Goodreads, it is a social media platform for book lovers. You can connect with readers through reading groups or challenges. The reading groups can be for genre specific or fans of a specific series or author. I am only a member of a few groups, myself, and currently not particularly active in any groups. My favorite was Duodecathon, which was a group that listed 12 reading challenges and you chose one challenge per month to complete. It was super laid back and simple, which I loved. Keep in mind you don’t have to join a group.
Goodreads is also a great place to find/write book reviews. Be warned, however, that I have unfortunately come across many a review with spoilers in the review. That really isn’t a fault of Goodreads but of the reviewers. So if you’re new, and you’re going to write a review, please be considerate and either leave out the spoilers, or post a warning!
The main reason I use Goodreads is to keep track of the books that I read throughout the year. Recently, maybe a few years ago, they added the ability to reread books and they count towards the number of books that you’ve read for that year. If you commit to the annual Goodreads Challenge, tracking your books is most helpful.
So now that I’ve explained what Goodreads is, let’s get to the main reason why I’m making this post: My 2021 Goodreads Reading Challenge. On average, I read around 50-70 books a year, last year being the worst at 33. For 2021 my goal is to read 20 books. This is the lowest I’ve ever set my reading goal, however, I know that I have a lot going on this year with school and work and working out. If there’s one thing that I’ve learned over the years, it’s to not overwhelm myself and to know my limits. So 20 books is a good number.
If you don’t already, I highly encourage you to create an account on Goodreads and set your own goal for 2021. Let me know in the comments what your reading goals are for 2021!