Top Ten Tuesday – 12th January 2021

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This weeks topic is Resolutions/Hopes for 2021. I’m aware that I’ve posted some of my 2021 book goals, but here they are again all in one place plus some more hopes for 2021.

1. Read 175 books total

This is what I’ve set my Goodreads and Storygraph goals to. I’m trying both platform this year. Yes it’s a little more effort but I wasn’t fully ready to commit to Storygraph if I was going to regret moving from Goodreads. I’ll pick a favourite at the end of the year and use that one moving forward for 2022.

In 2019 my goal was originally 25 and I ended up reading 146 books. In 2020 my goal was 150 and I finished on 188 books. I toyed with what to set my target as for 2021 and ended up on 175. I didn’t want to put too much pressure on myself to reach 200 but it would be a great bonus if I did manage it.

2. Read 100 buddy reads with the amazing Girl Novel Living

The last two years, we have read to our height in physical books (plus a strong sprinkling of e-books). This goal of 100 will stretch us slightly but we are both more than up for the challenge.

3. Read at least one Agatha Christie a month

I own an awful load of the Agatha Christie collection and have only read a handful of them, so this year I want to tick of at least 12 of them. I plan on taking part in the #readchristie2021 challenge over on Instagram!

4. Read 6 non-fictions a month

5. Read 6 classics a month

I own a lot of classics but never really give them the time of day. I reached out on Twitter and Instagram and asked for recommendations of classics to read and these are the ones which kept on coming up. I know this is more than 6 but felt it a good list to do my picking from each month.

  • Wuthering Heights
  •  Dracula
  •  The Great Gatsby
  •  A Room With A View
  •  A Christmas Carol
  •  The Bell Jar
  •  Frankenstein 
  •  Rebecca
  •  Middlemarch
  •  Mansfield Park
  •  Tom Sawyer
  •  All Quiet on the Western Front
  •  Jekyll and Hyde
  •  Anne of Green Gables
  •  Anna Karenia 
  •  Tess of the Durbavilles 
  •  Moby Dick
  •  Gone With the Wind
  •  Of Mice and Men
  •  The Catcher in the Rye

6. 2 NetGalley books a month

In 2020, Girl Novel Living and I, organised and ran #NetgalleyNovember2020 and we will be doing so again in 2021. This helped us and over 50 people make dents in our NetGalley TBR piles very successfully. However, my problem needs addressing all year round and not just in November. Which is how this goal was born. I wish to read at least 2 a month from NetGalley to try my best to stay more on top of my requesting problem.

7. Read all of my 21 for 2021 book stack

I know I’ve already posted about these here, but as a reminder, these are the books again:

  • My Dark Vanessa – Kate Elizabeth Russell
  • The Last Thing to Burn – Will Dean
  • This is Going to Hurt – Adam Kay
  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris
  • How Do You Like Me Now? – Holly Bourne 
  • The Fellowship of The Ring – J R R Tolkein
  • The Poet X – Elizabeth Acevdeo
  • The Chain – Adrain McKinty
  • The Executioner – Chris Carter
  • The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
  • The Cactus – Sarah Haywood
  • A Short History of England – Simon Jenkins
  • Sapiens – Yuval Noah Harari
  • The Goldfinch – Donna Tart
  • In Case You Missed It – Lindsey Kelk
  • Where the Crawdads Sign – Delia Owens
  • The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides
  • Circe – Madeline Miller
  • Close to Home – Cara Hunter
  • The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot – Marianna Cronin

8. Read all my 12 friends 12 book recommendations

I know I’ve posted about these already here but as a quick reminder these are the books:

  • The Switch – Beth O’Leary (@kirstyreviews) 
  • Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo (@readsmikaela)
  • Wool by Hugh Howley (@paperbackmo)  
  • Where Ravens Roost by Karin Nordin (@mozidogreads)
  • Away with the penguins – hazel prior (@traceyT80651091)
  • Leonard and Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession (@owlbesatreading)
  • The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton (@jhbrines) 
  • The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai (@emmajo15)
  • No child of mine by Susan Lewis (@littlemissbook6) 
  • Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart (@georgiedeedee)
  • The authenticity project by Clare pooley (@wendysydall)
  • Sisters by Daisy Johnson (@bigbookseller)

9. Read at least one male and one female author a month

I was to ensure that my reading stays as diverse as possible. I would like to ensure i’m reading books from all religions and races also but need to start somewhere so set this as a goal but aim to beat it on all counts by increasing my reading diversity in lots of different ways.

10. #TsundokuSquad book club read, once a month

I recently posted an introduction to our book club here, so I won’t bore you again with it but my goal is to ensure I actively participate in all the reads we pick and the weekly discussions.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my first Top Ten Tuesday, drop me a comment and let me know some of your goals!

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