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Evaluating My 2021 Goals

Last December, I made four bookish goals for 2021. They are:

  • Read at least 24 books.
    • I kept this lower because of my other goals.
  • Read at least 50% of my IRL book club books.
  • Read a book for each monthly tag hosted by my Goodreads group: Play Book Tag (PBT).
  • Participate in the Unofficial Trim Challenge hosted by PBT.

It’s time to evaluate how I did with each of them:

  • I only read 12 books this year.
    • This is the lowest number of books I’ve read in a year since 2007.
  • I read five out of the 15 books we read in book club.
  • I only read a book for two of the 12 tags for 2021.
  • I only read one of the 12 books I chose for the Unofficial Trim Challenge.

As you can tell, I didn’t accomplish any of my goals. This year wasn’t a good reading year. It started out good, though. I read four books in January and two books in February. And, then it all just kind of got thrown for a loop in March because my priorities changed.

Even though I only read 12 books this year, I’m not upset because I accomplished other things. I also enjoyed most of the books I read, as my most common rating was four stars, which I think is the most important thing to remember.

My favorite new read of the year was THE FLATSHARE by Beth O’Leary. It garnered five stars. I also reread my all-time favorite book this year, DUNE by Frank Herbert, after watching the new movie a couple of times.

My least favorite read was THE WIFE UPSTAIRS by Rachel Hawkins. It’s her first foray into adult mystery. It’s a retelling of JANE EYRE. No spoilers. I’ll just say that I only gave it two stars.

Next year, I have similar goals. While I want to make reading a priority, I’m in school and I need to make it a priority as well. Because of school, some of my reading goals are lower than last year. Hopefully, I’ll be able to exceed my expectations. My goals for 2022 are:

  • Read at least 24 books.
  • Read at least 50% of my IRL book club books.
  • Read a book for 50% of the monthly tags hosted by my Goodreads group: Play Book Tag (PBT).
  • Participate in the Unofficial Trim Challenge hosted by PBT.

I’ll keep track of my progress over on my 2022 Reads page.

How did you do with your goals this year? What are your goals for 2022?

May your new year be merry and bright and full of wonderful books!

About Jenni Elyse

Hi, I'm Jenni. I’m an eclectic reader. I mostly read fiction and I favor fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers, and romance. The more kissing in a book the better!
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10 replies
    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      I understand. Dune is intimidating for many people. I think if I hadn’t read it in high school for a class, I wouldn’t like it as much as I do. 🙂 I’m glad you liked the movie.

  1. Karen
    Karen says:

    This was a bad reading year for me too. For a lot of reasons but, like you, I still felt like I was doing other things so sometimes you need to cut yourself some slack and do what you can – so I’m not super disappointed by it.

    I picked 12 books last year (I read 42 I think – that’s my lowest in years) and I’ll pick the same in 2022 because I don’t know where my head is at with reading and it seems achievable/low pressure.

    Good luck with your goals Jennie!

    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      I like that. 12 is achievable and low pressure. I should make rethink my goals, lol, so they’re achievable and low pressure. Right now, I feel like 24 is achievable. I can always change it if I need to. 😀

  2. Suey
    Suey says:

    Hopefully I’ll find a moment here soon to evaluate my year! I didn’t make my reading goal either… AGAIN! But it’s still fun to try!


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