How Did I Do With My 2021 Reading Goals?

At the beginning of the year, I set four reading goals, which you can find here. And now we’re toward the end of December, so I figured I’d update you on how I did. In short, terrible. But let’s go into details.

1. Read 100 books

This is the first year in a while that I won’t meet my Goodreads Reading Challenge. I thought I’d set it at 100 this year since I would be reading for my qualifying exams. But then I decided to ignore my qualifying exams and ended up in a reading slump…So I’m at 71 books right now, and while I’ll probably finish a few more, there’s no way in hell I’ll finish 26.

2. Read one work of nonfiction each month

This didn’t happen either, although I did read at least one piece of nonfiction most months. This was mainly thanks to my courses. There were a few months where I only read novels, but there were also some months where I read way more than one nonfiction work. So it evens out.

3. Read four poetry collections

I read a grand total of zero poetry collections. So yeah…this was a complete fail. The whole point of this goal was to push me out of my comfort zone since I tend to have a difficult time with poetry. But honestly, I just didn’t want to be out of my comfort zone any more than was necessary for school. It was a rough year, and I wanted to read things that I knew I would like and understand.

4. Read all the books for my classics book club

Well, my book club ending up disbanding thanks to the pandemic, so this kind of became impossible. It was really disappointing since I looked forward to the meetings each month, but I get why it happened. It just wasn’t the same over zoom.

So what will my 2022 goals be? I’m not sure yet, but I’m thinking I’ll be less ambitious than this year. Maybe only one or two goals. I guess we’ll see.

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