Top Ten Tuesday: 2021 Bookish Resolutions

Hello fellow book lovers! I know this past week has been stressful for many of us, but I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy!

Top Ten Tuesday (also known as T10T, TTT) is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! I haven’t done a Top Ten Tuesday post in a lonnnnnng time, but today’s prompt sounded like a lot of fun, so I knew I had to participate!

If you haven’t already seen the title of this post, the topic of the day is 2021 Bookish Resolutions! I have so many fun bookish resolutions for this year, and I’m thrilled to be sharing them with you all! Let’s just dive right in!

1. Read More Diversely

Until a few months ago, I’d never really been one to read a certain book based off of the race of its author. A book is a book, right? WRONG! 2020 taught me that reading books written by authors of color and LGBT+ authors is wildly important, because how else will we help their voices be heard? It is critical to take race into account when you pick up a book; reading stories written exclusively by straight, white authors limits you to experiencing a single group’s dominate perspective. Reading stories by groups who have been historically underrepresented in literature exposes you to NUMEROUS different perspectives, each of which will help you become more aware of the struggles others face due to their identities. In 2021, I definitely want to diversify my shelves and pick up more #OwnVoices stories. There are so many great ones out there, and I can’t wait to read them!

2. Buy Less, Borrow More

In 2020, I bought way too many books. I know it’s not great for my wallet or the environment, so in 2021, I want to borrow more books from my local library, rather than buying all of them. I love collecting books and displaying them on my bookshelves, so I know that this resolution will be a challenge for me… But I can do it! I’ve already put a couple of series on hold from the library, so I’m off to a good start. And these are series that I’d otherwise buy ๐Ÿ˜‚ So far, so good, I guess!

3. Buy Fewer Books From Amazon

I’ve always purchased a majority of my books from Amazon, since that’s where they’re the cheapest. But until a few months ago, I’d never really thought about HOW or WHY books are so cheap there. A $20 hardcover from Barnes & Noble is only $14 on Amazon? It just doesn’t add up. That’s because Amazon completely rips off publishers and convinces us consumers that $14 for a hardcover is NORMAL. Guess what? It’s not. I know purchasing books from Amazon is cheap and convenient, and I have absolutely no judgement for anyone who isn’t financially secure enough to purchase books at higher prices from other retailers. But if you’re able to, maybe sacrifice those cheap prices and spend a few more bucks on a book that you know is coming from a more ethical source. Amazon is greatly harming the publishing industry, and smaller, indie bookshops need our support!

4. Don’t Fall Into a Reading Slump

I can never seem to get through a year without falling into some sort of reading slump. In 2020, I didn’t pick up a book until late MARCH, and by that time, nearly a fourth of my reading year had gone to waste. If I hadn’t been in a slump for those three months, I would’ve been able to read so many more books! That’s why this year, I’m going to try realllllllly hard not to fall into a slump. And thankfully, since I now have a lot of experience dealing with slumps, I know the best ways to get out of them. This, for me, is usually picking up an old favorite and rereading it. So, if I fall into a reading slump this year, I’ll just pick up a copy of The Cruel Prince, Cinder, The Selection, Shatter Me, or The Hunger Games, and hopefully that’ll help me get out of it!

5. Complete My Goodreads Challenge Goal of 125 Books

I read 100 books in 2020, and remember, I didn’t read my first book until late March. So unless I fall into another 3-month long slump in 2021, I think 125 books should be pretty manageable! To complete my reading goal, I’ll have to read 10 or 11 books each month… That doesn’t sound too bad to me!

6. Read What Makes Me Happy

In the past, I’ve made bookish New Year’s resolutions to explore genres outside of my comfort zone, like non-fiction and classics. But looking back on it now, I kind of regret doing so. While reading new types of literature can certainly be beneficial, there’s no reason to do so unless you have a really strong desire to. Genres like fantasy and science fiction are what make me happy, so I don’t want to force myself to try something new just for the sake of it. Reading is supposed to be fun and enjoyable, so I’m going to stick to reading the genres I love most! If I happen to pick up a classic or two this year, that’s great! But if not, that’s fine too.

7. Listen to More Audiobooks

Near the end of 2020, I started listening to audiobooks, and since then, they’ve helped me become a much more productive reader! You can listen to them while cooking, cleaning, getting ready, walking… the possibilities are endless! I want to continue listening to audiobooks this year, because they’ll definitely help me reach my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal faster!

8. Prioritize My TBR… Not Re-reads

This is probably the most difficult resolution on this list. What can I say, I LOVE rereading my favorite comfort books since I KNOW I’m going to enjoy them. Last year, my ratio of re-reads to new reads was about 1:4… and there’s nothing wrong with that! But in 2021, I really want to focus on discovering NEW favorites rather than constantly re-reading old favorites. I own so many unread books that I’ve been putting off reading for far too long, and there are also plenty of books I don’t own that I’d still love to read this year! It’s going to be a challenge to resist re-reading all of my favorite series, but my TBR comes first!

9. Get Better at Eliminating Distractions While Reading

When I read, I constantly get distracted. Usually, the distraction is my phone/social media. I open Instagram to simply respond to a DM, and the next thing I know, I’ve been on the app for half an hour! In order to get better at staying focused while I read, I want to keep my phone in another room where it won’t distract me! Hopefully that will help me get better at reading for long periods of time without getting distracted.

10. Continue to Expand My Bookstagram Account

In 2020, my bookstagram account (@the_book_mermaid) went through a lot of growth, and I’m hoping to continue that growth in 2021! Bookstagram is such a fun, positive place full of people who love reading just as much as I do, and because of that, it has a great impact of my mental health. Just being able to gush about my favorite series with other book nerds makes me so happy! That’s why I’m really looking forward to expanding my Bookstagram account more this year!

What about you?

Do you have any bookish resolutions for 2021? If so, let me know what they are down in the comment section!

Until next time,

20 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: 2021 Bookish Resolutions

  1. melbraxton says:

    Great post! These goals really resonated with me. I can deff get caught up on books I’m “supposed” to read than focus on books that actually make me happy and feel inspired–and hopefully that can help prevent reading slumps too!

    Congrats again on all the bookstagram growth! May 2021 bring many more good things your direction.

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  2. Sydney says:

    I LOVE audiobooks! I discovered them about five years ago and Iโ€™ve never looked back! I am totally guilty of rereading old favorites almost as frequently as I try new books ๐Ÿ˜‚ Reading books from BIPOC authors is also a huge goal of mine!

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  3. Alexandra says:

    “PRIORITIZE MY TBRโ€ฆ NOT RE-READS”. I’m feeling personally attacked… ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

    But jokes aside, good luck with all your goals this year. You’ve honestly got such an amazing list – prioritizing your TBR and reading more diversely are such great goals. ๐Ÿ’™

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    • Octavia @ Mermaid Reads says:

      Ummmm sooooo I’ve basically already failed when it comes to that goal ๐Ÿ˜‚ I’ve re-read 5/15 books, so… not good?? But I’m definitely going to be taking my reading more diversely goal more seriously! I can’t wait to devour more books by LGBT+ authors and BIPOC authors!

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