I hope that you’re having a lovely day! One big thing that I have been working on is reading with intention: paying more attention to what I’m reading, how I’m reading, and what I’m then recommending to customers in store. In order to do this I’ve set the following goals to help guide me in the right direction of becoming a better reader, bookseller, and person over the course of 2021.
1. Read 100 books!
I want to carve out more time to read this year! I know this is a fairly ambitious goal and I won’t be mad at all if I don’t reach it, but I do want to challenge myself to take the time to more of what I love. I’m already doing pretty well so far, but I definitely want to keep it up! Also, is anyone else in LOVE with the Goodreads Reading Challenge colour this year?
2. Be more sustainable/use the library more
This year I want to focus more on buying used books and borrowing from the library, my plan is to only purchase 2021 releases new, and look elsewhere for older books, because I know that I can find a used copy somewhere. I have also been trying to use the library more. I’ve been exploring all of the different and great things that the library has to offer beyond books and I have been so floored by the different things that I can do through my local library. I started taking a free online ASL classes through Rocket Languages, a website that’s cheapest option is $100 USD for a subscription! My library also offers all sorts of items to borrow like musical instruments, nordic walking poles, radon detectors, energy efficiency tools, and light therapy lamps. I’ve only scratched the surface of what my library has to offer but I am very excited to continue making use of such a wonderful resource!
3. Be more intentional about diverse reads
I want to be more mindful about the books that I read. Both when it comes to the characters in the books, and the authors that I read as well. Not only because I want to personally be more aware of what I’m consuming, but also as someone who sells books. What I read impacts what I recommend to others, and I feel that I have a responsibility to make sure that I am able to speak to books that represent everyone who comes into my store.
This year I have started using youtube Book Roast‘s CAWPILE system to track and rate the books I read and I love the way that her wonderful spreadsheet allows you to track information like queer representation, author’s race, ownvoices books, and more. It then shows you all of the data you input in these wonderful graphs. It’s a great visual tool for me to look over what I’ve been reading as I read and not just at the end of the year.
4. Read more outside of my comfort zone
I want to read more books from different genres that I don’t typically read from. I also want to read more non-fiction, which I’ve neglected over the last couple of years. I have several really excellent non-fiction reads on my shelf that I’ve been meaning to get to, but have lacked the motivation recently. Even if I go through them slower than I would normally, I still want to give them a chance and check them out. To help with this goal, I’ve also decided to take on The 2021 Indigo Reading Challenge, which is a list of 21 prompts created by the company I work for to encourage participants to “give [themselves] the perfect excuse to read more, and read well in 2021“. I think it will be a fun way to pick some books that I wouldn’t otherwise choose in 2021!
So hopefully these goals will serve me well throughout 2021!
What about you? Do you have any reading goals for 2021? Let me know in the comments below!