A Delayed List of 2021 Goals

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.

Reading Goals

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Personal Goals

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.

2020

We’re back to the roaring 20’s and I am so honestly thrilled that 2019 is officially in the past.

It was a really tough year for me where I was kicked a lot during the times when I was down, but there were good times too. I went to my first blogger events, I took my mom to see Michelle Obama on her birthday, I got an apartment all to myself! But the tough times weigh heavily still so I’m very excited to be moving past them.

Now that it’s 2020, the start of a new decade means it’s time to set some goals regardless of whether or not I actually complete them. For my GoodReads Reading Challenge, I want to read 65 books at least and unhaul any and all books I don’t finish. I have a bad habit of putting books down and saying “Now just isn’t the right time for this book” and not picking them back up. Well no more! Life is too short and my shelves are too jammed for books that don’t interest me. The same goes for ARCs. I have so many ARCs that I was dying to get my hands on, and yet they all still sit on my shelf. I don’t plan on doing much “influencer” blogging this year, at least not until I can get through the ARCs that I already have.

I want to have a more regular posting schedule on my blog, and I’ve got a relaxed schedule all planned out in my bullet journal to stay on top of it all. So stay tuned for weekly reviews every Wednesday with a manga feature on Mondays!

In personal goals, I want to quit smoking and use the money I’ll save to get a cat. I want to finish writing my book. I want to really live my life as myself, for myself, and stop being so concerned with how other people see me. I try way too hard to try and make other people happy or to get them to like me without taking care of myself. It’s time I think about how I want to live MY life and let’s hope a brand new decade will help me do that.

So here’s to 2020 and all the lovely books I’ll have to share with you all! Below is the list of books I’m hoping to read this January!

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