It’s again the beginning of a new year and with it comes the exciting time of choosing how many books to read and creating reading goals. This year I’m cutting way back on my reading goals, since last year was so difficult and this year is shaping up to look similarly.
This year I want to focus not as much on how many books I read, but what kinds of books I read. And thus comes in my goals for 2021.
1. Read Less White Men
Recently I’ve been trying to get into Classics again and read older books. As a teenager they were all I read and I’ve missed reading deep things. But reading some of this so called Classics has me in different moods these days. I find myself enjoying the writing styles and prose but hating most everything else about the books. At first I thought it was just because I’ve had a hard time reading anything of late. But then I started to wonder if it was because I just don’t like reading from heteronormative cis white men. So this year I’m gonna pay more attention to the authors of the books I read. I’m tired of men.
2. Read More Poetry
I think this is on my list every year, but it remains one of my least read genres, despite being a poet myself. Not so this year, not so.
3. Read More Non-Fiction
I love non-fiction! If there is anything being in school has taught me over last year its that I really enjoy a good non-fiction or collection of essays. I’m planning to dive deep into this love in 2021.
4. Don’t Waste Time on Books
This is something I always struggle with, but I’m hoping to overcome. I’m not going to waste my valuable time on books that I think are shit, or annoying or that I just can’t get into. No more guilt. No more pushing myself through a book till I want to scream. If I don’t like it, I’m done. I can always try to reread it at a later date.
What are you writing goals for this year?