2021 Reading Resolutions Check: Am I completing my reading challenges?

Hello there!

In November I have been taking part in Destiny @ The Howling Libraries Devour Your TBR reading challenge, Remember November, in which the idea is to read books that were part of yearly challenges and pick up books that have been waiting for a long time. This challenge got me excited to check on the challenges that I’m doing in 2021 and whether I’m on route to hit them!

GIF of a woman dancing and saying 'be the goal, do the goal, become the goal'

Bookish Resolutions and Reading Challenges

Goodreads goal

The resolution. This year my challenge is to read 80 books in total. I knew this challenge was a very demanding one as last year I managed to get through 59 books, but I wanted to get myself spend more of my free time reading rather than gaming or watching Netflix πŸ˜…

How I’m doing so far. Until Summer I was doing great with the challenge but then I started to get more and more behind 😬 I’m now 9 books behind the goal and I really have to pick up my pace to hit 80 books! But not to worry – to do this, I have already planned to use one of the remaining weekends in 2021 to binge a manga series and get that gap closed!

Screenshot of the yearly reading challenge in Goodreads that says 61 books completed. 9 books behind schedule. 61/80 (76%)

Yearly TBR

The resolution. I also set myself a yearly TBR in 2021 of 21 books I would like to get read. My goal is to read at least 15 of the 21 books from the list.

How I’m doing so far. 

Picture of the covers of all books on my yearly TBR and tick marks on which ones I have read. List of all books in text below.

So far I have managed to read 12 books from my Yearly TBR and I’m currently reading the 13th:

  • Nocturna by Maya Motayne. βœ… Read
  • Onyx & Ivory by Mindee Arnett. βœ… Read
  • The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir. ❌ Unread
  • The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey. βœ… Read
  • She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan. βœ… Read (or rather… DNFed)
  • Lovely War by Julie Berry. βœ… Read (DNFed)
  • Starsight by Brandon Sanderson. ❌ Unread
  • Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir. πŸ“– Currently reading
  • Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse. ❌ Unread
  • Flesche by Mary Jean Chan. βœ… Read
  • Humankind by Rutger Bregman. ❌ Unread
  • Excession by Iain M. Banks. βœ… Read (DNFed)
  • The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. Le Guin. βœ… Read
  • Inkspell by Cornelia Funke. ❌ Unread
  • Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. βœ… Read
  • The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna. βœ… Read
  • A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna. ❌ Unread
  • Seleesian Nakija by Erika Vik. ❌ Unread
  • The Confectioner’s Coup by Claire Luana. ❌ Unread
  • Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi. βœ… Read
  • City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare. βœ… Read

I’m pretty happy with my progress here! I think I can hit the goal of 15 books read by the end of 2021 easily, especially as I have been thinking to include quite a few of these in my December TBR as well!

Diversify my Reading

The resolution. In 2021 my goal is to read way more from authors of colour. In 2020, more than 70% of the books I read were by white authors when only about 8-30% of the world’s population is white. This year my goal is to read at least 40% from authors of colour – but I’m trying to get as far as 50%.

How I’m doing so far. This is one of the resolutions that I’m more worried about. I’m driven to get to that 40 (or even 50!) percent, but I forgot to follow the number throughout the year πŸ˜… But the results are here and they say that…. πŸ₯πŸ₯πŸ₯πŸ₯πŸ₯ Out of the 61 books I have read so far in 2021, thirty were by authors of colour! That is 49.2%! I’m pretty happy with this and I bet that I can push it over that 50%-mark before the end of the year!

Read more in Finnish

The resolution. My native language is Finnish, but since moving to the UK 8 years ago, I have read very little in Finnish. To boost my Finnish skills I wanted to read 4 books in Finnish during 2021.

How I’m doing so far. I have managed to read 2 books so far in Finnish, and I’m currently reading a third book. It has definitely been tricky, and I find that I can’t get into the ‘rhythm’ of reading in Finnish as easily as in English. It would be great if I can jam one more Finnish book in 2021 and hit the goal!

Start posting more reviews on the blog

The resolution. At the beginning of 2021 I vowed that I would post way more reviews on my blog, preferably at the rate in which I’m reading. I declared that I want to see 10 reviews in my blog this year, be those focused on a single book or a posts featuring multiple different mini-reviews.

How I’m doing so far.Β This challenge I’m doing horribly with πŸ˜‚ I love blogging and writing reviews, but I haven’t gotten much done over here throughout 2021 (I blame the PhD haha). So far in 2021 I have written 1 post with bullet point reviews (a format I actually really enjoyed!), 2 posts with mini-reviews, and 2 posts with proper, lengthy reviews. That’s five review posts in 2021, only halfway through to the goal. I feel I could do a couple more but it’s unlikely that I’ll hit 10 πŸ˜…

Clear the ARC backlog

The resolution.Β In 2021 I planned to clear my ARCs (= advance reader copies) backlog by reading and reviewing every single ARC waiting for me. At the beginning of the year I had 4 ARCs that needed to be read and reviewed, and one that should be reviewed.

How I’m doing so far. This is another one I’m not going to hit before the end of the year πŸ˜… I have been very poor with ARCs as I haven’t been at all inspired to write reviews. I reviewed five ARCs in 2021, but somehow I still have 4 left! The issue with ARCs is that they tend to multiply πŸ˜‚ One of these ARCs I’m reading right now so I’ll definitely make it below 4 before the end of the year!

I’m pretty happy with my progress so far, but December is definitely going to be an ambitious month to finish up on all the challenges! How are you doing with your yearly resolutions?

Thank you so much for reading!

- Pauliina

6 thoughts on “2021 Reading Resolutions Check: Am I completing my reading challenges?

  1. I loved hearing about your reading progress, Pauliina πŸ’• I wish you all the best with your remaining goals! I think you did really well with your yearly TBR – I didn’t do one this year as I’m always so bad at completing them πŸ˜… I think I might have to make ‘Read more in my native language (German)’ a thing next year, as I tend to only read in English nowadays!


  2. Thank you for joining in the readathon challenge! πŸ˜€ I love hearing about people’s goal progress, it’s so inspiring and makes me feel more encouraged about my own goals, too (plus, I just like getting excited for people when they’re doing well on their goals like you are!). β™₯ I hope you kick all your goals’ butts this year!


  3. Hi,
    In your picture you’re holding 4 books above your head. Which books are those and were those books picked for any specific reason? Have you read them and I’d like to know which ones they are to check out, if I may?

    Thank you!

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    • Hi Erin! Those 4 books in the picture happen to be some of my all time favourite reads! I’m really happy that you asked, and I would highly recommend picking up all of them πŸ™‚ From top to bottom they are: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (blue book), Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor (sequel to Strange the Dreamer, red book), The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon (thickest book, orange), and finally Circe by Madeline Miller (orange and black).


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