Odds & Ends: 2021 Reading Goals | Mid-Year Check In

I missed posting about my goals at the beginning of the year and I missed the chance to do a 1st Quarter check in. So I guess this is kind of a review of what my goals were AND a check in to see where I am. This will be my general goals for 2021. I will also be posting later my Most Anticipated Book Check in, Series Check-in and Standalone check ins.

But let’s take a look my overall reading goals.

Goodreads Goal

I set my goal this year at 150. At the time of writing this (mid-Jun), I was at 99 (66%) and I’m ahead by 30 books!

I’m beyond tempted to change this year. I had picked my number based on what I would expect based on a normal year…. this year has been anything but normal with me working from home and finishing my Masters in May. Last year I hadn’t changed my goal and just left it to see how many I could get to. I’m thinking of changing it to how many I read last year +1. That would mean 263 books, but I’m not sure if that’s possible at this late in the year (that would put me at 38%). The other option I’m thinking of is changing it so I’m about 50% to my goal (200). I’m sure my goal will be updated by the time this goes up and you’ll see what I decided.

Mount TBR Challenge 2021

I had found this one on My Reader’s Block and thought maybe it would help me focus on books I already own.

The Rules:
*Once you choose your challenge level, you are locked in for at least that many books. You are welcome to voyage further and conquer taller mountains after your commitment is met. All books from lower mountains carry over towards the next peak.

*Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2021

*You may sign up at any time–no matter when you see this challenge. All qualifying books read after January 1st count.

*Books must be owned by you prior to January 1, 2021–items requested or ordered prior to January 1, may count even if they arrive in the new year. No library books~. If you’re looking for a library book challenge or one that counts books on your non-owned TBR list, then please see Mount TBR’s sister challenge: the Virtual Mount TBR Challenge.
~The ONLY exception to the library rule: If you own the book in any form and have a reason to check out a version from the library instead, then you may count it. For example–if you own a hard copy, but are planning on taking a trip where listening to the audio version would be a great way to knock out a book while you drive, then by all means check out the audio version and have a wonderful trip! Please check with me if you have questions.

*Rules for Rereads: Any reread may count, regardless of how long you’ve owned it, provided you have not counted it for a previous Mount TBR Challenge.

*Audiobooks and E-books may count provided they are yours prior to January 1. ARCs are also fine.

*You may count any “currently reading” book that you begin prior to January 1–provided you had 50% or more of the book left to finish when January 1 rolled around. I will trust you all on that. The only exception is if you have participated in Mount TBR in 2020 and were unable to finish the book in time for the final Check-in Post. Then–if you finish the book post-January 1, you may count it as your first step of the new challenge.

*You may count “Did Not Finish” books provided they meet your own standard for such things, you do not plan to ever finish it, and you move it off your mountain [give it away, sell it, remove from e-resources, etc.]. For example, my personal rule (unless it’s a very short book) is to give it 100 pages. If I decide I just can’t finish it and won’t ever, then off the mountain it goes and I count it as a victory–the stack is smaller!

*Books may be used to count for other challenges as well.


El Toro: Read 75 books from your TBR pile/s (aka Cerro El Toro in South America)


Right now I’m sitting at 34 (45%). I was worried that this number would be worse. I have been prioritizing my backlist, but I’ve also been picking up a lot of books bought this year and arcs. With the plans I have for the second half of the year

General Goals

Goal 1: Read more diversely (more LGBTQIA+ & BIPOC Own Voices)

I wanted to focus on reading more diversely, including reading more LGBTQIA+ Own Voices and more BIPOC Own Voices. I didn’t think of a number at the time, but I think I would like to aim for 25% LGBTQIA+ and 25% BIPOC books each month. I’m not sure if I’ve made that in the first half of the month, but I think it would be an ideal aim (working my way up 50% and even 75% if possible). So how did I do?


LGBT: 7 (50%)
BIPOC: 5 (36%)


LGBT: 9 (50%)
BIPOC: 2 (11%)


LGBT: 7 (33%)
BIPOC: 3 (14%)


LGBT: 7 (33%)
BIPOC: 6 (29%)


LGBT: 5 (28%)
BIPOC: 7 (39%)

Ok, so for now I think aiming for a consistent 25% or higher would be ideal. The first half was less consistent, but it shows that I’ve going in the right direction.

Goal 2: Read More Horror and Science Fiction

I wanted to read more of certain genres that I have enjoyed but I haven’t read enough to know which elements of those genres I enjoy. Mainly, Horror and Science Fiction.


Horror: 1
SciFi: 1


Horror: 0
SciFi: 1


Horror: 1
SciFi: 3


Horror: 1
SciFi: 3


Horror: 1
SciFi: 0

Goal 3: Read More ARCs

I request so many ARCs from Netgalley and Edelweiss – to the point where my Netgalley Percentage is horrible and Edelweiss has probably a worse percentage if it was tracked. So, mostly I just want to try to track the numbers (how many I’ve downloaded vs reviewed) and hopefully see the percentages go up. Ideally, I would love to get up to 50% on Netgalley and 25% on Edelweiss (not sure how realistic that is though).

Netgalley Numbers as of Jun 18th

212 Approved | 60 Feedback (28%)

Edelweiss Numbers as of Jun 26th

634 Downloaded | 73 Feedback (11.5%)

Goal 4: Prioritize Subscription Box Books

This is a more recent goal. I realized I have way way way too many unread subscription box books! So I want to aim for 14 in total. Currently, as of the end of May I’m at 6. That means I need to make sure I have at least 1 book on my TBR each month.

So those are my general goals. I’m ok with how I’ve been doing considering I haven’t been 100% focused on all of these. How are you doing in your goals?

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