Every year, I set myself a reading goal. It varies from year to year. I usually set my goals to read an average of 20 books a year. Some years, I set at 24 books, which means having to complete reading one book almost every two weeks. Some years, slightly less. Since 2014, I have met my reading goals every single year with the exception of 2018 and 2019 (partly because I was studying for my Masters and barely had time to read) but I make up for the shortcomings but exceeding my goals I set in subsequent years.
This year, I set myself a goal to read 20 books in 2021. A pretty modest number compared to previous years (the most I set was 30). This month, I am proud to announce that I have completed that goal three months in advance and have several more books in the pipeline to read before the year ends.
This is a snapshot of the list of books from my Goodreads account that I read for 2021. The latest book that I have finished reading is Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir. My list has a smattering of non-fiction, science fiction, fantasy, auto-biography and a touch of romance books.
All the books that I read in 2021 are fantastic. They are filled with gripping tales, stories full of suspense and love. I experienced the entire spectrum of emotions reading these books.
I have elevated two books that deserves to be in my ‘all-time-favourites’ bookshelf on Goodreads. They are Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman and Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir. Typically, about 10% of all the books I have read, eventually made it to this special shelf. The ‘all-time-favourites’ bookshelf is filled with books that are exceptional in every way, from the way they were beautifully written, to the stories that gripped my imagination. The two books that I mentioned above, deserves to be in that spot in 2021.
The pandemic has made it rather easy for me to achieve those goals. And 20 is a comfortable number. Perhaps I will set my goals a little higher for 2022. I have many more books on my Amazon wish list that I have yet to read. For me, there is simply no shortage of books to read.