We're all inching into 2021 bit by bit, and the first week of the new year is the perfect time to set some fun reading goals. A daily reading habit doesn't just make you smarter, it can also be an excellent way to manage the lockdown stress we all seem to be experiencing.
Are you ready to set your 2021 reading goals? Check out 5 different (and doable) goals you can set for yourself this year.
1. A book a month
12 books in a year is an excellent goal to set for yourself, and there are many ways for you to have some fun with it. Spice up your 2021 reading target by exploring a different genre or theme each month. Choose authors from countries you've never read about, create themed dishes to go with your reading, and source films based on the books for a fuller reading experience!
2. Read one more
How many books did you read last year? If you're not sure of your 2020 book count, try to guesstimate and set the goal of reading just one more book in 2021. This goal is so doable because...well you've pretty much already done it! If you read 10 books in 2020, you know you're capable of reading at least 10 books. It's achievable. So setting a 2021 reading goal of finishing 11 books really doesn't seem all that tough, does it?
3. Finish a series
Series are great because they can get you excited about reading multiple books. After all, if the first few end on cliffhangers, you're going to need to keep reading to find out how it all ends. Whether it's Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, or the Bridgerton series, have fun following all the twists and turns of a multi-book adventure!
4. Join a Goodreads challenge
There's no better way to tackle your 2021 reading goals than with other like-minded bookworms! Goodreads is a treasure trove of fun and supportive book clubs, and it's incredibly easy to join in. Bookclubs can serve as great motivators to inspire you to keep reading, and it's exciting to be able to discuss different takes on the same novel with other readers. If you're not sure where to start, this Reading Group has jumped right into their 2021 reading challenge with Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel as the first read of the year!
5. Read a classic
In case you can't tell, we're big fans of classic literature around these parts. Certain books are called classics for a reason: they're timeless, provide valuable life insights, are great for escaping to different times and places, and can be incredibly fun to read. Anyone who claims classics are boring has probably never experienced the hair-raising alien invasion from The War of the Worlds, the comedic romance of Pride and Prejudice, or the spooky social commentary in Frankenstein. The best part is, classic books are in the public domain and therefore available to read for free online!
What are your 2021 reading goals?
Share them in the comments section below!