2021 Goals & Top 5 Books I Want to Read this Year ⚡️

⚡️ Hi, guys! I hope you’re having a wonderful day, surrounded by good readings and lots of love! ❤️ Today I’m here to bring you a combination of posts that I love doing at the beginning of each year and since I’m not having much free time I’ve chosen to do a kind of fun “mash-up” of both topics to chat a little with you about it.
Super excited to share with you my Goals for 2021 in terms of reading & blogging, as well as I will be showing you the 5 books I hope to read during the year. 😍 I always make a longer list with the books I want to read during the year, but I’ve realized that later I end up not reading them all and that’s frustrating, so I prefer to create a smaller list and make sure I stuck with it. To make the post more fun and to make my readings more varied, I’ll be playing around with the categories where I’ll place each book, for example, varying the genres as well as the release dates and others. 👏🏻
As for my goals for the year,
this 2021 I have many personal goals that I could share with you later, of course, but this time in this post I choose to share with you all those goals related to blogging and my readings.
I hope you enjoy the post, my loves, I’m happy to have the possibility to share with you and above all, I’m excited that you also share with me what plans you have for this new year, you know that I love knowing what you think and exchanging opinions is so much fun! 😊
Thank you SO much for choosing to stay for one more post,
you’re wonderful 🥺, I hope you like it! Make yourself your favorite drink, and get comfortable because I’m ready to START! ⚡️ 

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⚡️ Read 50 Books

This one is pretty self-explanatory, right? lol, I’ve set my Goodreads Challenge to 50 books this year, probably my lowest year, but that’s okay, I know it will be a busy year and I prefer to set a goal that I know I can comfortably reach and if I get to read more even better! but I’m happy and I feel good about the number for this year. I would like to know what your goal is for this year! Are you doing a reading challenge? How many books do you expect to read?


⚡️ Create Monthly TBRs with Variety

What does this mean? Well, I plan to continue with my monthly TBRs as it’s something that I love to do and enjoy creating, but this 2021 I want to fill it with diversity in all its forms. I also want to vary in genres and read both new books and those that have been in my TBR for the longest time. I also want to focus on finishing some series and maybe starting new ones. On the other hand, I also want to read more Mystery/Thriller since it’s a genre that I love and I’ve left a lot aside in 2020, but obviously, I continued reading Fantasy & Contemporary as well.
In summary, I want to give a chance to all kinds of books this year even those that intimidate me a bit like Romance, I think it will be an annual experiment for me to try new genres and new styles of books to share with you.


⚡️ Try the Audiobooks format More

I want and really need to read more Audiobooks!! I’ve read a couple in 2020 and I love the experience, but then for lack of habit, I put it aside a bit, but it’s a format that I want to try again this year, in fact, I’m now listening to an audiobook right now, and not having a lot of time to sit down to reading physically myself, audiobooks have been wonderful! So I hope I can also read a little more with the help of this format so super excited for all those incredible audiobooks waiting for me!


⚡️ Support the Community through my Blog

You know that I love this wonderful book community I have the honor of being a part of, so I always like to find ways to support other book blogs and thus grow all together supporting us, giving us encouragement and love! This year I plan to continue with my mission to support all book bloggers out there, you know that I’m working on building a Book Bloggers list, so super excited about that, I’ll be giving you news about it soon, I promise!
Besides this, I have many ideas to continue sharing and spreading my love for the community, which will always be one of my goals every year. I also obviously want to continue checking out blogs, commenting and liking, to show my love for your wonderful content
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⚡️ Prioritize Quality over Quantity

This goes both for my blog and for my readings this 2021, I’ve been thinking a lot, and sometimes makes me sad not having the time to dedicate to my blog as I would like, but I’ve decided to leave those negative feelings behind and turn the time I have into something valuable for my blog, and even if I can only upload a couple of posts per week or just one, I prefer that they be quality posts and rich in content. I’ll work to bring you the best of me. You know that I’m passionate about what I do and I love my blog, so I’ll always give my all to make it work, I want you to know that doesn’t matter if you don’t have much time to do what you love, don’t give up, continue, even when you have half an hour of your day, do what makes you happy, because in the end it can be the difference and that light of happiness that your day has is super important to prioritize it!!


⚡️ The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab | A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.
France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.
Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.
But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name. 


⚡️ Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender | From Stonewall and Lambda Award-winning author Kacen Callender comes a revelatory YA novel about a transgender teen grappling with identity and self-discovery while falling in love for the first time.
Felix Love has never been in love—and, yes, he’s painfully aware of the irony. He desperately wants to know what it’s like and why it seems so easy for everyone but him to find someone. What’s worse is that, even though he is proud of his identity, Felix also secretly fears that he’s one marginalization too many—Black, queer, and transgender—to ever get his own happily-ever-after.
When an anonymous student begins sending him transphobic messages—after publicly posting Felix’s deadname alongside images of him before he transitioned—Felix comes up with a plan for revenge. What he didn’t count on: his catfish scenario landing him in a quasi–love triangle….
But as he navigates his complicated feelings, Felix begins a journey of questioning and self-discovery that helps redefine his most important relationship: how he feels about himself.
Felix Ever After is an honest and layered story about identity, falling in love, and recognizing the love you deserve. 


⚡️ The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune | A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret. Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages. When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he’s given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days. But the children aren’t the only secret the island keeps. Their caretaker is the charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, long-held secrets are exposed, and Linus must make a choice: destroy a home or watch the world burn. An enchanting story, masterfully told, The House in the Cerulean Sea is about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place—and realizing that family is yours.


⚡️ Lovely War by Julie Berry | It’s 1917, and World War I is at its zenith when Hazel and James first catch sight of each other at a London party. She’s a shy and talented pianist; he’s a newly minted soldier with dreams of becoming an architect. When they fall in love, it’s immediate and deep–and cut short when James is shipped off to the killing fields.
Aubrey Edwards is also headed toward the trenches. A gifted musician who’s played Carnegie Hall, he’s a member of the 15th New York Infantry, an all-African-American regiment being sent to Europe to help end the Great War. Love is the last thing on his mind. But that’s before he meets Colette Fournier, a Belgian chanteuse who’s already survived unspeakable tragedy at the hands of the Germans.
Thirty years after these four lovers’ fates collide, the Greek goddess Aphrodite tells their stories to her husband, Hephaestus, and her lover, Ares, in a luxe Manhattan hotel room at the height of World War II. She seeks to answer the age-old question: Why are Love and War eternally drawn to one another? But her quest for a conclusion that will satisfy her jealous husband uncovers a multi-threaded tale of prejudice, trauma, and music and reveals that War is no match for the power of Love.
A sweeping, multi-layered romance with a divine twist, by the Printz Honor-winning author of The Passion of Dolssa, set in the perilous days of World Wars I and II. 


⚡️ Watch Over Me by Nina LaCour | Nina LaCour delivers another emotional knockout with Watch Over Me, the eagerly anticipated follow-up to the Printz Award-winning We Are Okay.
Mila is used to being alone. Maybe that’s why she said yes to the opportunity: living in this remote place, among the flowers and the fog and the crash of waves far below.
But she hadn’t known about the ghosts.
Newly graduated from high school, Mila has aged out of the foster care system. So when she’s offered a job and a place to stay at a farm on an isolated part of the Northern California Coast, she immediately accepts. Maybe she will finally find a new home, a real home. The farm is a refuge, but also haunted by the past traumas its young residents have come to escape. And Mila’s own terrible memories are starting to rise to the surface.
Watch Over Me is another stunner from Printz Award-Winning author Nina LaCour, whose empathetic, lyrical prose is at the heart of this modern ghost story of resilience and rebirth. 


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Hope you guys enjoyed it! I hope you’re having a wonderful start to the year enjoying the best readings. I’m SO excited for this new year, I hope it’s full of health for all of us ❤️

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⚡️ It’s time for us to chat! What are your goals for this 2021? & What are the books you hope to read this year? Let me know everything in the comments, you know I LOVE to know what you think ⚡️

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84 thoughts on “2021 Goals & Top 5 Books I Want to Read this Year ⚡️

  1. I think prioritizing quality over quantity is such a great goal!! I’m also hoping to read more books that I adore instead of just trying to rush through to gain numbers (: The House In the Cerulean Sea has been on my radar FOREVER, I’m going to have to bump it to the top of my list!! Hope you have a great start to the year! ♥

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    • I’m so glad that you agree, I think that even though I don’t have much time for my blog, I want to dedicate my best to each post and that already makes me happy 🥺✨👏🏻 & I can’t wait to read The House In The Cerulean Sea, it sounds amazing, so hope we both enjoy it 😍❤️

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  2. Good luck with all your goals! I have set my target this year to 60 books and I also hope to have some variety in terms of genre. I read a lot of different genres last year so hope to continue with that this year. Thank you also for bringing more attention to book bloggers through your initiatives like the list, it’s very kind of you! ❤

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  3. Good choices to read and great goals. I like your goal of supporting your community, especially. Very important. Laughing though at The Lovely War–a t.v. series in the 1970s, Upstairs Downstairs, was set in the same era (Edwardian through WWI and the 20s). James marries Hazel, his father’s typist. Misalliance of the ages. LOL. Sorry, I’m sure you couldn’t care!

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  4. Good luck with you goals Sofii! ❤️ I agree with you, I’m setting my reading goal this year to something I know I can achieve that way I feel accomplished and, like you said, if I read more – all the better!
    I look forward to you reading Felix Ever After! I really hope you’ll love it!😊

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  5. ahh i feel like with the rubbish 2020 was, we’re all trying to place stronger goals we can follow for 2021!! i definitely have a lot of the same goals as you, especially with trying more audiobooks, prioritising quality over quantity, and helping support the community more!! i’ve been loving all the initiatives you’ve been taking though, because you’re doing such amazing stuff!! i loved this post ❤️

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    • Absolutely! I know that I’m not being ambitious this year compared to others, but that’s fine. I prefer to feel confident and comfortable with my goals. 🎉✨👏🏻
      OMG, thank you, beautiful!!!! 😭😭 You don’t know how happy it makes me to be able to share another year in this community surrounded by wonderful people like you ❤️❤️❤️

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  6. lovely post as always, Sofii!! good luck with your reading goal of 50 books, i’m sure you can do it (and obviously it’s 100% okay if you can’t – as long as you’re reading books you enjoy, that’s all that matters 😊) my 2021 reading goal is 45 books, so almost the same as yours haha. i actually just finished The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue yesterday and really enjoyed it – it really got me feeling so much and thinking about how important it is to be known by others! lots of existential vibes lol. i hope you like it as well 💛 i’m also really excited to read The House in the Cerulean Sea sometime soon – i’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about it!

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    • Thank you SO much, Dezzy!! 🥺✨✨ You’re the sweetest, good luck with your reading challenge too, I’m sure we’ll both do an incredible job this year. 😍 OMG, Addie LaRue sounds like everything I love and knowing that you’ve enjoyed it makes me feel even more excited, I love that it’s a book that leaves you thinking existential things 😅 & Same! I’ve heard the most wonderful things about The House In The Cerulean Sea, I hope it’s as good as it sounds * fingers crossed * ❤️🤞🏻

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  7. I love your goals, Sofii! They all seem very doable and I know you’ll do great at them but best of luck anyway. 🙂 I hope you get to your book list here–it looks like a lot of great books on there. I’ve only read Cerulean Sea but really loved that one.

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  8. good luck with all your reading goals!! I hope to mood read more this year and not request so many arcs! Just bought that VE Schwab book and am dying to start reading it. Great post 🙂

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  9. These are really great goals and I wish you all the luck in accomplishing them this year! 🙂 One of my goals for the year is to also try to focus a little more on some of the older books that I’ve been wanting to read for years. So hoping to include some of those in my reading this year too. I love the top books you chose to read this year, because I have them all on my TBR as well. I hope we both get to read them all before the year ends! ❤

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    • Thank you SO much, Ash!! Good luck to you with your goals too, I know you’ll do incredible. ❤️❤️ SAME! I need to focus of the books I already have too, especially the ones I’ve had for a couple of years now *fingers crossed* 😅 I’m sure we can both read everything we plan this year and hopefully we’ll love most 😍👏🏻

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  10. I want to prioritise quality over quantity too! I set my Goodreads challenge to 1 so that I wouldn’t have to push myself to read more but also so that by the end of the year I won’t have to count how many books I read by myself. I did the same last year and I read fewer books than I normally do but I read books that I enjoyed 🙂 Good luck with your goals!

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    • I LOVE this idea, Louise!!! ❤️ In fact, it’s something that I’ve thought to do as well, just that I haven’t implemented it this year, but surely it’s more relaxed and I love that, maybe in 2022 I’ll do like you and try to see how it goes. 😊👏🏻✨
      My best wishes for you this year and I hope you meet all your goals 🎉🎉

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  11. One of my main goals to get my physical tbr down or at the very least make more an effort to read my physical books. I only set my reading goal to 24 books as I didn’t want to put pressure on myself (even though I know I’m probably gonna surpass that) but if I do, I may raise it later in the year

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    • I get that!! I also want to read more of the books I already have and focus on my physical stack, I hope we can both handle that!! 😍👏🏻 & Same about wanting to be more relaxed in terms of the annual reading challenge, I think the most important thing is to feel stress-free and read without pressure 😊🤞🏻

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  12. Good luck with your goals for 2021, you can do it!! ❤ I highly recommend Felix Ever After, I loved this book so much 🥺 I also need to read The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue and The House of the Cerulean Sea, as I’ve heard so much about both books! 😊

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  13. Ah this is such a lovely list Sofii, I love your goals and tbr. And I hope 2021 goes super super well. I also have Addie LaRue and Lovely War on my 2021 tbr so also hope we both love. And I hope you read 50 books, you can totally do it. Lots of love xoxo

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  14. I’m 100% sure you can achieve all of these things! You are already a super supportive blogger and even though you have a busy year coming up that will never change 🥰 I’m really hoping to read Watch Over Me, Felix Ever After, and Cerulean Sea too, they all sound amazing. Good luck, Sofii!

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  15. having more variety in my monthly TBRs is definitely one of my goals for the new year too! in fact, i created an entire spread on notion that will hopefully help me with this one, as i have a lot of personal projects i want to be tackling this year (such as reading at least one black author a month, and re-reading a book a month), so hopefully this method will help me having more variety every month!

    i loooove audiobooks and i listened to so many of them in 2020. i do think this is an amazing goal, mostly because i’m biased to audiobooks, but i also love how convenient they are to follow along when you’re doing something else.

    felix ever after & addie la rue are in my TBR for 2021 as well. hopefully, we’ll both enjoy the titles a lot. i’ll be looking forward to hear your thoughts on them!

    good luck on all your 2021 goals, soffi!

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    • YAY!! That’s great, honey, it sounds like you’re already organized and ready to accomplish all your goals, I know you’ll do an amazing job! ❤️✨🎉
      I absolutely agree about audiobooks, I don’t know why I’ve always had the habit of reading in the “traditional” way and I’ve put audiobooks aside but this year I’m convinced that I’ll try many more, SO excited!!! 😍😍😍
      OMG, super excited to know your thoughts on both books, based on what I’ve heard I feel like we’ll love them *fingers crossed* 🥰👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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