Hi everyone, it’s Sabrina – and welcome to Wordy and Whimsical’s last post of 2021! I’m glad you made it here. Today I’m wrapping up all my goals for the year behind us – some I completed… some, not so much. Still, I’m happy with what I did achieve and hopefully that’s good enough! In January, I set myself some reading goals along with some miscellaneous goals which I then updated in June, and in this post I’m going to go over all of those as well as two of the reading challenges I participated in. Let’s get into it! 🙂
Stay on top of comments ❌
I’m sure you know this if you’re here, but I am not consistent at all when it comes to comments. I do try very hard, and I feel that I’ve been better at responding this year than I was in 2020, but it’s something I have to keep working on. When I set this goal, I also set deadlines for my replies, but I’ve realised that is not practical for me. I think I need to try a different method, like a priorities list, maybe. That should help me in other areas of my life too.
Pin a tweet with my updated social media information ✔️
I did this! You can view it here, if you’re interested. I’m glad I actually completed this goal since it was probably the easiest on my list, lol.
Make time for writing ❌
I didn’t do this at all. Well, okay, I did almost finish a short story, so I did make some time for writing – I just wish I had made more time (for example, the one hour a week I pledged to begin with) and/or actually finished the story 😅 I mentioned when I set this goal that I have never finished a story, so it irritates me a bit that I still fell into that trap, lol. I guess that’s a goal for next year. Again.
Reach a 100 day streak on Duolingo ✔️
Yay, another success! And this time, it’s one that actually took a sustained effort on my part. Not only did I read a 100 day streak, but as of writing this, I am up to 314 days. I’m pretty happy with the progress I’ve made in learning French and I hope I’ll keep learning it – albeit, slowly – over the years.
Be more lenient about giving out 5 stars ✔️
I feel for sure that I have managed to do this – in 2020, I rated 11 books 5 stars on Goodreads and this year I gave that same rating to more than 20! I put some of this down to The Storygraph, because I can rate books more specifically on that website, which makes me feel less conflicted about giving a 5 star on GR to a book I didn’t find 100% perfect.
Read at least 5 books where sci-fi is the primary genre ✔️
Admittedly, some of these were novellas or quite short and for some of them it’s definitely debatable whether they’re primarily sci-fi or something else – however, the total comes to 12, so I think even taking those things into account, it’s fair to say I achieved this goal! These are the books I read for it, along with my ratings:
Overall, my enjoyment of these books was not super high – my average rating (of these) was approximately 3.44 stars. Still, I did really like five of them, and compared to my overall average rating of 3.67 for the year, I’d say it’s not a bad result.
Pick up at least one book about genetics ✔️
I only read The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee this year, so I’ve technically completed this. Plus, it was a really chunky book so I really got what I was after out of this goal!
Read at least five books that you already own ✔️
In the mid-year check in post I made, I wanted to increase this number to ten, but I didn’t make it, so I’m just pretending that never happened, lol. I did however read six books that I own (not including rereads), so I completed this goal 🙂
Read 100 books ✔️
I updated this goal mid-year from 52 books and I reached it! As of writing this, I’ve read 125 books in 2021! That’s the most I’ve ever read in a year by over 20 books.
Read at least 40% of my yearly books from countries outside the US ✔️
The majority of my reads are still from the US, but at the moment I’ve beat this goal by a little bit. My percentage of books read from outside the US is about 45%. I’m pretty happy with that. I think next year I might try and make this a 50/50 split.
OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE CHALLENGE
This is my second year of participating in Caro‘s Out of Your Comfort Zone Challenge, and unfortunately I didn’t quite complete it this time around – though I got fairly close! I picked four genres/categories I wanted to read more from this year and as of writing this, I’ve completed my goals for two out of the four, plus I am hoping to finish a third by the end of the year. You might have seen my update thread on Twitter over the course of the year. Here’s what I read:
I’m really happy with the nonfiction I’ve read this year. It’s all been entertaining or informative or both, and all of it was well written and able to keep my attention. Two of these books – The Last Butterflies and In The Dream House – even made it into my favourites of the year list.
HISTORICAL MYSTERY (2/5)
Unfortunately I didn’t love either of these books, though I’m glad I read them and was entertained by them. Ultimately though, that may be why I was less inclined to keep picking up historical mysteries over the year and never completed this part of the challenge.
TRANSLATED WORK (5/5)
As you can see, translated works ended up having a high average rating from me this year and as a result, I definitely intend to read more in the years to come.
MIDDLE GRADE (5/5)
I didn’t fall in love with any of these middle grade books which was sad because I had such high hopes for them. I’d say I’m going to be more picky about the MG I pick up from now on, but I was pretty picky when it came to choosing these ones already 😅
BADGES & BINGO CARD
I earned four badges this year! One for finding a new favourite, one for reading a book over 500 pages, one for reading over 20 books out of my comfort zone and one for reading books from five different genres.
As for the bingo sheet, I almost filled it out, but I ended up missing two spaces – the “science fiction” spot and the “finish a series” spot. I did intend to finish two series as part of this challenge, but it wasn’t meant to be. And I suppose the sci-fi label could possibly include Warren the 13th. Either way, I definitely got a few bingos!
BUZZWORD READING CHALLENGE
I also joined BooksandLala’s Buzzword Reading Challenge this year, and it was a lot of fun! I loved picking out a book for each prompt (or several, for one month in particular) and recording it all on Twitter as it happened. I was also happy that I didn’t end up bending the rules as much as I was expecting to. Here’s a quick look at everything I read for this challenge:
As you can see, this challenge yielded mixed results in terms of my ratings, but I enjoyed it nonetheless and I will most likely be participating again next year.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Did you set 2021 goals and did you complete them? What about reading challenges? Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned today? Let me know!