I made a list of reading goals that I shared on my Instagram, but I hesitated writing up a blog post about them. I don’t exactly know why I hesistated, maybe because so much of 2020 left me wondering what the point was, but now that I’ve taken some time, I have found the energy to write them up in a blog post.
- Read More Non-Fiction: I have a habit lately of becoming fixated on complicated topics and through 2020 I order several intense non-fiction books about various topics from Marxism to Japanese history to feminist film industry readings. I hope to try and read at least ONE non-fiction book each month this year and learn a little bit more about the topics I got fixated on earlier.
- Read More Light Novels: To those unfamiliar with the term, light novels are a kind of book that comes mostly from Japan that are more serialised novels that tend to be mostly fantasy or romance. Many are more “slice of life” rather than the kind of fantasy and romance English books fall into and I tend to feel more relaxed and connected to them. With more and more series becoming licensed for translation, I’m hoping to find more new series as well as continuing to read my favourites.
- Read All of One Piece: In December, I wrote my thoughts about the first ten volumes (roughly the first 90 chapters) of the famous One Piece series by Oda Eiichiro that broke records the beginning of 2021 by releasing the 1000th chapter of the longest running manga series of all time. For so long I avoided this series because of it’s length and thinking it was stupid and I’m so pleased I was wrong. I love this series and hope to be caught up by the end of the year through reading 10 volumes every month.
- Read What I Want, When I Want To: This one was a goal I was worried about sharing. My plan is this: No more cancelling books because of little things. Yes, authors need to be held accountable for their actions but the entire publishing industry needs to be held equally accountable. It’s exhausting to keep up with everything at every single moment, so from here on out unless it’s a problem that was expressly done with malicious intent, I don’t care. The book community continues to demand people be perfect and I’m tired of it. I’m going to read books the same way I did when I was a kid and 90% of social media platforms didn’t exist. Does it sound good? Do I like the cover? I’m going to read it. End of discussion.
My personal goals are a little simpler. I want to try and find my confidence again with my writing. I want to build up my Japanese language skills again. I want to succeed in my university classes this semester while understanding that I don’t need to be perfect (a lesson I started to get better with learning during last semester – my first time back in school in 5-ish years). I’d love to find a new day job that is easier for me to manage mental health wise, but living through a global pandemic puts something of a wrench in that one so we’ll see. I’m also going to play a bit of catch-up for books I read in 2020 that I will be reading the sequels to in 2021, so expect me to be a bit more active than usually for the rest of the month.
I’d like to clean my apartment as well. I know that sounds like a silly one but as a person with mental illness living on his own, it’s difficult to stay organised especially when simply making it through the day is so draining.
There’s not much else I have to say in terms of looking forward in 2021. It’s hard to even attempt it when there’s so much uncertainty. But we’ll see how it goes.
Take care of yourselves.