My 3 Reading Goals for the New Year

Now that we’re more than two weeks into the new year (time flies, am I right??), I thought it might be fun to write a post where I talk about the 3 goals I’m hoping to guide my reading practices this coming year.

If you’re wondering, ‘hey Liza, didn’t you already make a post about your new years resolutions?’ Then yes, you’d be right. I don’t really know, but for some reason these 3 goals feel different than my other resolutions, so I wanted to write them their own post. I guess the big difference is that my new years resolutions are specific things I want to do (like reading 50 books in 2021, participating in a readathon, etc.) while these “goals” are more ~intentions~ I want to guide my future reading.

I just feel like the more I get into the habit of reading a lot, the more I want to be thoughtful about the books I choose to read. So, without further ado…

1. Read More Queer Books πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ

I’m gay – have I mentioned that before, lol? Ok, but really. I know I talk about that a lot on my blog… But I still feel like my reading preferences don’t tend to reflect that fact?! I mean, technically I’m bi, so it’s not like I can’t relate “straight” romance novels. But there’s just something exciting, that make’s me so giddy, when I read a queer love story. πŸ’ž

I’ve talked on here before about how excited I was when I realized how many queer books were out there when I first started getting into the bookish community. (I never knew before, because most people in my life weren’t big readers, and so they were never recommended to me!) This year I really want to focus my attention on reading more of those queer stories – and I’m super pumped for it! 🀩

2. Read More Books by AOC!

Kind of similar to my last point, but I never really realized how white the majority of the books I’d been reading were until I became a book blogger. Yes, I’m ashamed to say so. And I should be! There are so many incredible books out there written by extremely talented authors of colour. And I want to read them!

I made a point of doing so when I began book blogging last June, and it’s been such a rewarding experience. I’ve especially enjoyed reading books by Chinese authors, since my longtime partner is Chinese. It’s been such a great way to get to know even more about her culture, and the things I’ve read about have sparked some really interesting discussions between us. πŸ₯° So I definitely want to continue this habit, and read even more books by authors of colour in the new year!

3. Be More Picky in What Books I Commit to Reading/Reviewing

This one out of all my goals will likely be the hardest for me to follow through on. πŸ™ˆ But I’m hoping that by sending it out into the ether via this blog post will help it to stick (lol). Really, I just want to be more mindful of the books I choose to request on websites like NetGalley and Edelweiss+. What usually happens, is when I hear about a new publication I get super excited and swept up in the hype, requesting a review copy before I’ve even really considered if this is the right book for me as a reader, and if it’s the type of book I really want to focus reviewing on my blog.

As I mature as a book blogger, I want to streamline some of my post content to be more reflective of the things that matter to me, both as a reader and just in general. What does that mean, exactly? At this point I don’t fully know. But it’s definitely something I want to figure out. And it’ll be pretty difficult to do so if I continue to commit to reading and reviewing books willy nilly. So, I want to challenge myself this year to be more “picky” about the books I choose to commit to. And see where that gets me. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Do you have any reading goals you hope to implement this year?

If so, what are they?

Let me know!

Liza is a twenty-something book blogger who spends way too much time with her nose in books and feels way too much. She loves cooking, baking, reality tv show watching and, of course, reading. She can be found most often with a cup of tea in one hand and a book in the other. Her blog, Literary Liza, features bookish content like reviews, recommendations, and author interviews.


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