Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Reading Envy 210: 2021 Reading Goals

Jenny reports back on how she did on her 2020 reading goals in the midst of challenging circumstances, then sets goals for 2021. Then a handful of podcast and reading friends share their reading goals for 2021.

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Jenny’s Goals 

  1. Focus on reading Europe 
  2. Catch up on books with music as a central theme 
  3. Authors to try list 
  4. Keep up with subscriptions 
  5. Participate in challenges

Audrey (@dreesreads in Instagram) 

  1. Be more relaxed
  2. One big non-fiction read
  3. Booker International long/shortlist
  4. National Book Award Poetry Longlist
  5. Continue listening to audiobooks


  1. Pop Sugar 2021 Reading Challenge 
  2. Back to the Classics 2021 Challenge (Books and Chocolate blog) 
Ellie (@shatterlings in Instagram)
  1. Russian classics
  2. Vassily Grossman buddy reads 


  1. Emphasis on reading, continue checking off TBR 
  2. Shakespeare plays 
  3. Presidential biographies 


  1. Read 40 books
  2. Read 20 books she already owns 


  1. Be consistent about journaling about books read 
  2. Slow down and be more reflective after finishing 
  3. More classics, more Willa Cather, maybe Proust 
  4. Authors around the world 
  5. Read more from physical TBR 

Karen Naughton (@BarkerForBooks in Instagram)

  1. Complete reading Thomas Hardy, hopefully 1 book a month


  1. This year's theme will be nature books

Books discussed: 

The Ensemble by Aja Gabal
Musical Chairs by Amy Poeppel
The Student Conductor by Robert Ford
Music and Silence by Rose Tremain
Songbook by Nick Hornby
Grace Notes by Bernard MacLaverty
The Forest of Wool and Steel by Natsu Miyashita
Compass by Mathias Enard
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Devils by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Neverness by David Zindell
The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Wilson by A. Scott Berg
A Full Life by Jimmy Carter
Life in the Garden by Penelope Lively
At Hawthorne Time by Melissa Harrison
Station Life in New Zealand by Lady Barker
Why We Swim by Bonnie Tsui 

Other mentions:

Two Lines Press
Restless Books
Graywolf Galley Club
ND New Classics
Erin and Dani's Book Club on Instagram
ReadtheWorld21 in Instagram
Rainy Day Bites Cookbook Club
The Free Black Women's Library on Instagram
The Free Black Women's Library

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