2021 Reading Goals

Last year I set my sights quite big at the beginning of the year and then… well quarantine and depression. I’m out of quarantine, but I am still a bit depressed. I’m going to aim high as per usual, but I retain the right to change or disregard certain challenges as things arise. I do this mostly for my enjoyment and if a certain challenge doesn’t bring me joy anymore, it may be changed or cut.

Standing Challenges (aka the challenges that will most likely be on the list every year):

  1. Book by a Native/First Nations/ Indigenous Author: Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger
  2. Banned Book: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  3. Participate in the Asian Read-a-thon:
  4. LGBTQIA+ OwnVoices Read: Here the Whole Time by Vitor Martins
  5. Neurodiverse OwnVoices/MC Read: Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

2021 Specific Challenges:

  1. Read the last book in these Series (I’ve already started):

TBR Challenge (because I have a huge TBR):

These must be books that were on my TBR prior to January 1st, 2021 and fill one of the specific prompts below:

  1. Start a new series: Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko
  2. A Nonfiction: Ace by Angela Chen
  3. A Backlog Book by an author with a book coming out in 2021: When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain by Nghi Vo
  4. A NetGalley Backlist of Shame Book: These Feathered Flames by Alexandra Overy
  5. By an author I’ve only read one book by: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  6. An Elizabeth Acevedo book: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  7. As Seen on Book Tube: Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark
  8. By a new-to-me author: The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec
  9. With a color in the title: All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson
  10. Book by an author on one of my previous best of blog lists: King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender
  11. A book that it feels like everyone and their mother has read: City of Brass, The by S.A. Chakraborty
  12. A book that it feels like no one and their mother has read: Persephone Station by Stina Leicht
  13. A book that it feels like just my mother has read: The Field Guide to the Dumb Birds of North America by Matt Kracht
  14. Such a pretty cover: Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell
  15. I bought it, but why didn’t I read it?: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Read Around the World:

This was an A-Z challenge, but I was having problems getting books from countries of specific letters. Instead, I am going to read 15 books from various countries.

  1. Argentina: Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez
  2. Brazil: Here the Whole Time by Vitor Martins
  3. Cambodia: Year of the Rabbit by Tian Veasna
  4. China: Moonlight Rests on My Left Palm by Yu Xiuhua
  5. China: Strange Beasts of China by Yan Ge
  6. Hungary: Bone Fire, The by György Dragomán
  7. Japan: Cat Who Save Books, The by Sosuke Natsukawa
  8. Japan: Easy Life in Kamusari, The by Shion Miura
  9. Japan: Eating Wild Japan by Winifred Bird
  10. Korea: Beasts of a Little Land by Juhea Kim
  11. Korea: Grass by Keum Suk Gendry-Kim
  12. Korea: Love in the Big City by Sang Young Park
  13. Malaysia: Black Water Sister by Zen Cho
  14. Mauritius: Silent Winds, Dry Seas by Vinod Busjeet
  15. Mexico: Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  16. Zimbabwe: We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo