Reflection and New Goals for 2021 | Reading, Writing & Blogging

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! ✨✨✨

(this post is late, sorry)

I know at the start of these posts everyone has been saying 2020 was awful and I’m no different, 2020 was awful. Whilst I don’t think 2021 is a magical restart and things that were important last year are still important this year !! I feel like I am just ready for it *not* to be 2020. I think it is just a mentally thing. However, I’m going to hold onto a bit of this energy and make some goals for 2021. 

I have decided to keep it in the topics of *drumroll please* reading, writing and blogging as I think they are the most interesting to you. I really don’t think anyone wants to hear me write about trying to find a savings account and new hair colour.

READING

My reading is 2020 was actually my best year by far. I read the most books I’ve ever had in a year. I reached the grand total of 100 BOOKS, surpassing my goal of 40 books. I read the most variety and tried out new things. Plus, I found many new favourites. 

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I appreciate goodreads’ support here.

I thought I would run down a few of the charts that StoryGraph gives you at the end of a year (plus two I made) so we can see what my reading was like…. 

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Here we have a little look at the main mood of the books I’ve read. It is no surprise to see emotional and adventurous at the top because I would say they are my favourite moods. Going forward, I would like to check out more dark and funny books.wp-1609758227523.jpg

This is my favourite graph, it’s so beautiful. Clearly, May and June were the best months for my reading quantity. Probably linked to my Scribd free trail and the fact that I had stopped blogging, so I had more free time. It is also no surprise that July and November had the lowest numbers as they weren’t the greatest of months.

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As you can see, I definitely read books mostly in-between 300-499 which makes sense as I read mostly YA fantasy. I was quite surprised to see so many books under 300 but I’m here for it. Going forward, I definitely want to read more books with over 500 pages.

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This chart was the most surprising realisation of the year. I used to only read physical books so to learn that they were the format I read the least of, only 20%, really surprised me. But I do feel very fortunate for my digital library as it gave me access to so many amazing books (they added a lot of book this year too).

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Obviously, the dream scenario would be all 5 stars but I’m still really happy to have almost 50% of my reads with 4 stars or higher. How I rate books did change this year as I’ve really cemented that 3 stars is good, just not a great read for me. Therefore, it is no surprise to see I had mostly 3 and 4 stars. I am very happy to see I only had one 2 stars or lower. 

2021 Goals…

(1) read 50 books

I still think 50 books is quite a lot and I didn’t want to go for a really big goal, as I don’t like being pressured to read loads.

(2) complete my specific reading goals…

    • read more books by indigenous authors
    • read more adult fantasy
    • read more non-fiction
    • read more books featuring disabilities

I basically looked back at my reading to make some specific goals for books I enjoyed and want to check out more (adult fantasy, non-fiction) or areas of diversity I can improve on (indigenous authors, disabilities in books). 

(3) read more books set outside the USA and the UK

The majority of books I read are set in the USA, so I want to prioritise books set in other countries all over the world.

(4) the out of my comfort zone reading challenge (hosted by Caro @ The Bookcheshire Cat)

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you will know I participated in this challenge last year and I wanted to this year as well, especially as there is an exciting bingo board. You should all check it out here. I haven’t got a strict TBR as I want it to be chill, you can see potential books I want to read here though. I think my goals is going to be 20 or more books… (outside of YA fantasy and contemporary)

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WRITING

Writing in 2020 was almost nonexistence and yet I completed my first ever draft. I say completed as I wrote the majority in December 2019 then in January finished it off. This genuinely feels like years ago so to remember that this was this time last year is rather scary. I haven’t done anything with it since but like any first draft it is miles from being done. I don’t know when I will pick it up, but I know it isn’t now.

After doing that… well… I don’t know…. I was busy…. I must have been doing something… baking ?? …. 

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Safe to say, I spent most of the rest of the year avoiding writing and thinking…. just going to highlight that word again…. THINKING about one project. I was really in love with the project and the characters. In my own way I found them very comforting.

But then I just had a moment where I realised this wasn’t going to work. This project was just a comfort and didn’t push me creatively, so I dropped it. It just made sense, especially as I had yet to actually do anything and I didn’t want to work on it in that way.

So, I kind of turned back to my main project. This has been *my baby* since the beginning really and I keep hitting a rock with the project then hiding basically. I’ve done the planning like 5 times already. The progress is slow, but I can see the structure getting stronger and I just need to truly dedicate myself to building it up. So…. that leads me to 2021.

2021 Goals…

(1) complete series outline

(sort out the problems and all the intertwining links. also, why did you just decide to add two more books 😭😭😭)

(2) add details

(this is vague, vague is this 😭😭😭)

(3) complete the world building

(you know those two things you’ve been avoiding !! 😭😭😭 )

(4) complete the characters designs

(why is this such a drag. also, why do you have like 100 characters ??????? 😭😭😭 )

(5) plan pacing/chapter layout for book one

(obviously have the freedom to change as you write but it is still important to plan because I know what happens when I don’t 😭😭😭)

(6) begin

(please, please, please 😭😭😭)

I just want to get this project rolling SO bad 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭. Do I try NaNoWriMo ?!?! nooooooo …… but MAYBE. I do enjoy it, I promise.

BLOGGING

I am kind of tempted to say it was a flop of a blogging year because I legit didn’t blog for half of it. BUT, I’m more tempted to say it was kind of a strong blogging year personally because I finally redesigned my blog, had my first blogging collab on my blog, started the nook with my sister and I think I actually did my best content this year. Plus, I prioritised getting blogging to work with me personally, got nominated in the blogging awards and I kind of fell in love with blogging again. Therefore, I’m going down the more positive and narcissistic route, saying, I did awesome.

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I, also, want to thank the internet community aka the book community for me has being so important this year. In a time where we weren’t able to meet up with people in your real life, you could always rely on people being here in this community. Even though I know I’m not the best at keeping up with messaging/replying, I’m so grateful for everyone being there. 

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I so need to improve at talking to people in every aspect of my life, I’m sorry to everyone.

2021 Goals…

(1) remember to blog when you want. if you feel like you are doing something because you have to, stop.

I don’t want to push blogging to the point where I don’t enjoy it. As writing is a big goal for me this year, I am going to have to accept that sometimes I will have to prioritise other things, even if I feel super guilty about falling behind on the blog.

(2) get my blogging ‘features’ up and running

I know I am being ominous about it and building them up too much, but I have a few series I went to set up across the year. I’m going to start planning them this month so I can begin to get parts in motion and I’m excited.

(3) blogtober… maybe ??

I know I want to be more chill but I have a few ideas I want to do so maybe I could do it ?!?!? I’m kind of into the autumn aesthetic at the minute so I want to, but we’ll see.

(4) start working on my bookstagram more

Back in early 2019, I loved instagram and I want to get back into it, especially as I have a new theme. 

So, there we have it. A brief overview of some of my goals for 2021. These posts are so satisfying to write, I don’t know why.

Anyway, I wish you all the best for 2021 and I hope it is a better year for everyone with less of this… 

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How was your reading last year? Are you a writer? How do you balance your time? Have you made any goals for 2021?


52 thoughts on “Reflection and New Goals for 2021 | Reading, Writing & Blogging

  1. ahh ALL OF THE TWEETS YOU INCLUDED ARE SO HILARIOUS!! (especially the chocolate chips one and the wdym i didn’t reach out, i thought about you one) they made me crack up so hard!! your blogging voice is the nicest, and i’m so sorry for spamming your posts with comments, but all your posts just make me want to interact (πŸ₯ΊπŸ’–) i set a goal for 50 books in 2020, but managed to read 99, so i also surpassed my challenge, and i never thought i would be able to read so much!! i don’t like setting my goal high though, because then it feels like a chore, and i’m not doing it for fun anymore!! all your graphs are so pretty, and i loved reading this post so much!! x πŸ’—

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    1. Yayyy I’m glad you found them funny πŸ˜‚ they all made me laugh when I first saw them too 🀣 yesss always double the chocolate chips at least πŸ˜‰ honestly the not reaching out, I thought of you happens too many times to me πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      Aww.. That’s so sweet to say and I really appreciate it!! I’ve loved reading all your comments, they’ve made my day and made me smile so much so THANK YOU!! thank you, thank you!! πŸ’•πŸ’•
      Oohh that’s amazing, you did so well on your reading challenge. It is always nice to surprise yourself when you read more than you thought you would *high five*
      Same, if I feel like I have to push myself to read, it kind of ruins it so I don’t like to do that either!!
      Thank you sooooo much again, I can’t wait to check out your blog now πŸ₯°

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  2. Best of luck with all of your goals, Sophie, I’m certain you’ll do great! πŸ₯° I so agree with your goal of blogging when you want and trying not to do it because you feel like you “have to”. I know I’m, more often than not, getting into this mindset where I feel like I have to do it and… this is how I burn out, ahah. so take care of yourself first and always, we’ll always be here for you ❀

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    1. Thank you so much Marie, your support is always appreciated πŸ₯° Yeah there can be a lot of pressure that I usually put on myself with blogging so I just want to focus on doing it when I want so I’m more excited about it !!
      It is a hard mindset to avoid at times and it can leave you feeling exhausted but I hope you are able to find that balance this year and prioritise what you want and look after yourself !! πŸ’•
      Thank you sooo much πŸ₯Ί that means a lot !! ❀️

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  3. Ah Sophie, this post was so much fun to read. LOVE the memes lmao, KILLING it. And I know 2021 is going to be great for you, so glad to have you back on the blogosphere.

    Yay for all the audiobook listening eeeppp!! I listened to a couple last year but def need to up my game. And I hope you get all the writing done, that’s also one of my goals this year. I started my WIP back in March last year and was doing it regularly for like 2 weeks, got to 7k and then,,, stopped. Whoops. And ah my reading challenge is also set to 50, WE CAN DO IT!

    Lots of love xoxo

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    1. Aw.. thank you so much Ruby. I’m glad you enjoyed it and yessss memes make everything better at this point πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ aw.. thank you so much, I’m glad to be back blogging and talking to you πŸ₯°πŸ₯° that means so much though, thank you for saying that !!
      yessss audiobooks are great !! I try to always have one on the go now, I hope you are able to listen to more this year !!
      thank youuuuu Ruby πŸ₯° fingers crossed for both of our writing progress then !! We can do this !! That’s great that you started on it and actively worked on it. 7K in two weeks is so good though, well done !! I can certainly relate to the stopping part though, every time I begin to make progress it happens ahah !!
      yay snap, we have definitely got this !!
      Thank you for reading, lots of love you to you too πŸ’›

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  4. This is a great post, Sophie! πŸ’• I’m loving your new blog design! I’ve been gone since November so I missed your return, but I’m happy to see you here again!

    I’m glad you were able to read so much! Although I also agree that changing the goal to a smaller number is better so that the pressure doesn’t get in the way. I read 50 books last year (which was great for me!), but I’m changing my challenge to 25 books so that I can feel more accomplished by the end of 2021!

    I love the way you formatted this post, and how you articulated your goals. I often feel really guilty about not blogging consistently enough, but for what? Who am I trying to please? This year, I’m coming back to my blog, but I’m not going to force it if it’s not fun anymore. I’m glad you’re doing the same! πŸ’• Good luck with your goals for this year!

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    1. Thank you so much Xandra !! πŸ₯° ahh.. thank you so much, I’m so glad you like it, it took me a while to decide what I wanted so it means a lot to hear. aw.. thank you so much, it is nice to be blogging again.
      i miss your post but I hope you are doing well and no pressure of course. πŸ’•

      Thank you, I was surprised I read so much last year but I was really happy with it.
      Yeah I don’t like feeling pressured to read either, I just want to enjoy it. I’m so glad you read so many books and I hope this year goes well too.

      Thank you so much, I’ve been trying to spend more time on formatting posts lately so that’s really nice to hear πŸ₯° Yeah it is weird how we can feel guilty for what we are *not* doing for blogging when really it up to us entirely so I’m trying to have more of a positive mindset with it. I hope you are able to focus on the fun part of blogging and always prioritise what you want to do, no matter what that it. All the best for 2021 and thank youuu so much !! πŸ’•

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