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My 2021 Reading Goals: A Mid-Year Update

Good morning, everyone! Since we’re now officially halfway through 2021, I thought it would be a good idea to go back and look at my reading goals for the year…just to make sure that I’m still on track to complete them by the end of 2021.

My reading goals for 2021 are to…

  • Read at least 200 books for the Goodreads Reading Challenge.
  • Complete the 2021 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge.
  • Participate in the 2021 Beat the Backlist Challenge.
  • Participate in at least four readathons.
  • Make a “sizeable” dent in my TBR reading.
    • Read at least 50 books that I currently own, but have not read.
  • Spend less money on books by making better use of the library’s app.

Let’s take a look at each goal individually…

1. Read at least 200 books for the Goodreads Reading Challenge.

As of today, I have read a total of 176 books for the Goodreads Reading Challenge. With only 24 books remaining, I shouldn’t have any trouble completing this goal by the end of 2021.

With so many books already read, I’m really excited to see how many books I will actually manage to read before the end of the year. How many do you think I will end up reading? Please feel free to share your estimate in the comments down below.

I’ll be sure to share my final total with you all at the end of 2021.

2. Complete the 2021 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge.

This week, I completed my 27th Reading Challenge prompt, which puts me just past the halfway point. While I’ve already completed the longest (and most difficult) title on this year’s list, I do still have several challenging prompts ahead of me. I’m feeling confident about my progress, however, and I’m sure that I will be able to finish the challenge on schedule without speeding up my reading.

Here is a look at my POPSUGAR Reading Challenge checklist…

3. Participate in the 2021 Beat the Backlist Challenge.

In my most recent Beat the Backlist update, I mentioned that I had completed 73% of my bingo board. While my original goal only specified that I would “participate” in the challenge, rather than complete it, I have decided to try to finish the challenge before the end of 2021. With only 14 prompts remaining, I should be able to accomplish this new goal.

4. Participate in at least four readathons.

So far this year, I have participated in three readathons, including:

  • Bout of Books 30 (7 day readathon in January)
  • Japanese Readathon: Mini Manga Readathon (3 day readathon in February)
  • March Mystery Madness (month-long readathon in March)

My fourth readathon for this year is going to be Seasons of Reading: FrightFall, which runs from October 1st through the 31st. I’m really looking forward to participating in this readathon, as I have a ton of spooky books that I really want to read during the month of October.

I’m also considering the possibility of participating in Nonfiction November, which runs from November 1st through the 30th. While I have not yet decided if I will take part in this readathon, I’m definitely interested in it.

5. Make a “sizeable” dent in my TBR reading (read at least 50 books that I currently own, but have not read).

Over the past several months, I’ve been very focused on reading books that I’ve owned for a while, but haven’t gotten around to reading. As of this week, I have read a total of 44 books from my TBR shelves (both physical and electronic). With only 6 books left, I have no doubt that I will complete this goal before the end of the year.

6. Spend less money on books by making better use of the library’s app.

This is one area where I’ve really been struggling this year. While I have been borrowing a decent number of books using my library’s app, I have also purchased a significant number of new titles. This is something that I will be continuing to work on throughout the rest of the year.

Overall, I’m pretty pleased with the progress that I am making on achieving my 2021 reading goals. Even though my chances of achieving my last goal (spending less money on books) are looking a little shaky, I’m feeling confident about my ability to meet the other five.

Do you think I’ll be able to accomplish all of my reading goals this year? You can let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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