Reading Resolutions – Let’s Talk Bookish

So, I know that we’ve all been super excited about ending the miserable year that was 2020 and not to rain on anyone’s parade…but it’s officially 2021 and it’s raining, covid is still out there, and I still can’t go out just for the fun of it without worrying about sanitizers and masks.

Obviously, the first day of 2021 is not going to be a magic fix, but it’s a little underwhelming.

Why am I being so pessimistic early in the morning 🤦🏾‍♀️ i blame the rain. it’s so dreary and gray right now


Good morning friends!!! Welcome back to Let’s Talk Bookish, the first one of 2021!! As always, Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, that is hosted by me and Dani @ Literary Lion, where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.

Today’s topic is: Reading Resolutions (suggested by M.T. Wilson @ The Last Book on the Left)

Thank you so much to M.T. for suggesting the topic! I also wanted to thank everyone who suggested topics on the formwe really appreciate you!!

I do have some thoughts on this topic, so, without further ado, let’s get started!

Do you set reading resolutions in the New Year?

I don’t actually set reading resolutions for the year; it’s more like a goal, and there is a difference between the two.

Apparently, a resolution is a firm decision to do or not to do something while a goal is an aim or desired result (thank you Google).

Resolutions make me feel like I have to do something no matter what, and it does feel bad when I can’t do it. I sometimes tell myself that I can’t do xyz anymore when I’m trying to break a habit, but then I fall back into it, and it really makes you feel bad that you can’t stick to what you said.

So goals it is. Goals are easier to work with because they’re just that: a goal. You aim to reach something, and if you don’t get there, it’s okay, because you did your best and you can try again some other time. There’s nothing that makes you feel like you have to keep your word, and I prefer it that way.


Do reading goals help?

Yes they do.

I love having goals on to-do lists because they keep me focused and are a way for me to know that I accomplished something. It’s so satisfying to be able to cross off a goal I reached, or an assignment I completed, or a mammoth post I finally finished and posted.

Setting reading goals for the year motivates me to accomplish something in the long run, though I honestly do start to lost that motivation after a few months.

Last year for instance, I had a goal to read 110 books. Halfway through the year, I was nowhere close to that, so I brought it down to 90 books. As of yesterday, I only finished 67 books. But having that goal written somewhere helped even if I didn’t make it.

Keeping tracks of my goals also helps because it tells me that maybe I was aiming too high, or something happened last year that stopped me from reading more, and I can use that information to make a more reasonable goal for this year.


What are your goals for this year + do you participate in the GR challenge?

I plan on having a post talking about all my goals once I’ve figured them out, but right now, I’ve already set my reading goal for 70 books this year. I’m not sure what else to have a goal for besides reading more diversely by joining other reading challenges like YARC, so I still have to think on the rest.

And yes, I do participate in the Goodreads challenge. I love the way the website keeps track of my books, and that it shows my progress as I read throughout the year. It’s not the best user friendly website when it comes to other things, but the shelves and the challenge (including the year in review page) are two parts that I absolutely love about it.

And that’s my two cents for today.

This Week’s Participants:

Ruby @ Ruby Reads and Reviews | Paper Hearts | M.T. Wilson @ The Last Book on the Left

Rhea @ Ink, Stars, & Dreams | Jillian @ Jillian The Bookish Butterfly Blog | Millay @ Millay’s Musings

Krisha @ Krisha’s Cozy Corner | Dani @ Literary Lion | Jane @ Blogger Books

Jen @ Book Brew Blanket | Kristin @ Lukten av trykksverte | Aria @ Book Nook Bits

How are y’all doing? Do you set reading resolutions or goals? What are your goals/resolutions for this year? Is it absolutely dreary where you are? How do you decide how many books to read each year, if you do set a number? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

13 thoughts on “Reading Resolutions – Let’s Talk Bookish

  1. I agree with you completely. There’s a big difference between goals and resolutions! I usually love setting reading goals, and I do find it helpful!

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  2. I actually didn’t know the difference between a resolution and a goal until just now so thank you for that gem of knowledge. I can definitely say I am more of a goal person too. I like to actively try to succeed something but not pressure myself into thinking I have to do this or else. Like you, I think goals allow you to think more about what you are reading and what you can do better. It is often really beneficial as it encourages me to try new things or dedicate myself to something I’ve been avoiding. Plus I love the satisfaction of ticking it off. I get so much joy for it, haha. I have definitely set some reading goals for this year as I have a list of things I want to check out more. Plus I’m aiming to read 50 books !!

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  3. I set goals for every new year as more like resolutions, because I want them to be resolutions. I’m always pushing myself to do better and I’ve come to realize I expect too much of myself. It’s probably more of a bad thing than a good thing…

    I set a Goodreads goal every year. It both helps motivate me to read as well as provides a counter of how many books I read. Normally, I set it to 50 books, the least average amount I want to read in a year. This year, I set it for 21 books…21 books for 2021. I set it low primarily because I want to read bigger books (500+ pages) this year. That, and I want to live more than read this year after the disaster of 2020…if the government/pandemic ever lets us do that again.

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  4. Learned something here haha, I also set goals not resolutions :p
    Good luck with your goals!

    (www.evelynreads.com)

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  5. Interesting… I think I’m more of a fly by the seat of my pants kinda reader. Except for ARCs… I try to read and review them before or close to publication date. That’s it for me, really.

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  6. ahh i also set a bunch of reading goals and agree that they’re much easier to work with!! and exactly, keeping track of my goals can be stressful at times but it’s also so fun to check in and see where you’re at in order to be motivated 😅 good luck with reading 70 books, you totally got this!! i loved reading this post 🥰

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  7. Yessss I love setting a goal, it’s much more achievable and knowing that it’s not cast in stone helps a lot 😅

    I’m quite excited for this year because I have more free time, so hopefully I get to read the books I missed last year 🤩

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  8. My Goodreads goal last year was 200 books and somehow, I smashed it! I’ve put it down to 100 books this year, because I don’t want to stress myself out reading. The first day of 2021 has been good for me, because it reminded me of the plans I had when I first became aware of the pandemic, I’m going back to that – going for a walk as much as possible, enjoying blogging and reading, and just living simply away from everyone until this is finally over.

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