Goodreads Challenge Update – April 2021

Hello everyone,

As we are just about four months into the year (yes, it has gone so fast!), it is time to check in on my 2021 Goodreads Challenge and have a look at my progress.

Last year I read 66 books having set myself a target of 52, which was my highest ever total and something I was very proud of. For 2021 I decided to slightly increase my goal to 54, working out at just over one per week. It felt like a little bit more pressure perhaps, but also realistic considering the number of books I have read over the past few years.

It often takes me five or six days to finish a book, but my reading habits have changed a bit recently. For example I am much more accustomed now to having more than one book on the go at any one time, and also the number of buddy reads I participate in has risen enormously in the last six months. Both of these factors mean the time it takes for me to finish a book now varies quite widely.

So far in 2021, the challenge has felt like slow going, but a look at the statistics suggests that I am doing reasonably well! As I type, I have read 19 books towards my target of 54, which according to Goodreads is three ahead of schedule. The reason why I feel like it has felt a bit slow is that it is taking me longer to finish books, while there was also a period at the end of January where I fell into a bit of a slump. However, it is wonderful to know that I am on track!

One interesting thing to note is that the books I have read so far have more pages on average than the ones I picked up in 2020, with 386 as opposed to 365. At the same time, I have started trying out audiobooks and depending on how well I manage to get along with them, that could help push me closer to my target.

I am confident of making it to 54 especially if I carry on at the same rate I am going, and that would be a really good achievement – especially when I spending a lot of my time adjusting to a new job and a new home! Exceeding last year’s total feels like a difficult ask, but that does not matter to me at all.

Of the 19 books I have read so far, there have been many excellent reads but I have only given one of them (Deity) a five-star rating, if you discount a reread which I listened to on audio. I have enjoyed almost all of them and written an substantial majority of positive reviews, with only a couple being serious disappointments.

Here are the books I have read so far in 2021:

As always, I am really happy with the range of genres I have read, which only seems to be increasing. I did go through a bit of ‘creepy Gothic/haunted house’ phase at one point, but every new book I pick up at the moment feels refreshing and different. Reading Six Of Crows at last was also a highlight, while Rebecca is another one that I was very keen to tick off my list.

The only disappointment for me so far is that I have not read enough books by non-white authors. It is something that I have been very mindful of and am aiming to address immediately, beginning with my current read (The Silence Of Bones by June Hur). Hopefully that will be reflected by the time of my next update at the end of August.

Aside from that, I am pretty happy with my progress towards my reading target. My TBR for the coming months remains to be seen, but fingers crossed I can stay on track and discover a whole host of five-star reads along the way!

Let’s Chat

Are you taking part in the 2021 Goodreads Challenge? How are getting on? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading 🙂

34 thoughts on “Goodreads Challenge Update – April 2021

  1. Great post as always Stephen! I actually hit my goal of 40 books last week but I’ve been reading books I really enjoy which I has been great! I’ve listened to so many audiobooks this year which have kept me company when working from home

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  2. Hope you are enjoying audiobooks, I’ve only really gotten into them this year, but it’s been helpful in terms of commuting. I set my goal for 50 books this year and so far have read 25 so I’m pretty satisfied and hoping that I will actually surpass my goal

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      1. Thank you! I agree, I do have to be careful about what books I choose and I try to leave the more thought provoking detailed ones for when I’m at home or can concentrate more

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  3. Congratulations on being on track with your goals so far Stephen!! 🥳🥳 Reading has fallen a bit to the wayside for me personally, and it’s probably going to stay there until school ends 😥 Just two more months!!!

    But anyway! I’m so excited to hear you’re currently reading TSOB!! What do you think of it so far??

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    1. Thank you so much, Abby! ❤ I’m pleased to be on track even though my progress has been slower than previous years. Ah I’m sure you’ll catch up when school is over, good luck for those last two months!

      And I’m loving The Silence Of Bones!! The setting and writing are both captivating, and I love Seol. Your amazing review was what first inspired me to read it, so I’m very grateful 🥰

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  4. Way to go on your challenge! I have set myself to 52 books, helped along by the fact I’m also doing The Booklist Queen’s 52 books challenge. I don’t think I’d make it if I didn’t do a combination of print and audio, as I do a lot of audiobooks on my commute and while I’m doing monotonous tasks at work. I went through a slump in March, but I’ve managed to catch up to being only 1 behind with one on deck to finish today and another tomorrow, so I’m optimistic. Good luck on exceeding your goals this year!

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  5. Wonderful post, Stephen. It’s always lovely when your posts show up in my feed! I just finished The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane this morning!
    Last year I did more reading than I’ve done in a long time and got up to 21 books. Since I wasn’t really expecting that I would be reading more this year, I set my goal to 25 books. After I entered the book community, my reading has increased a bit, and I’ve now read 18 books so far!

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    1. That’s so kind Aviaja, thank you so much!! 🥰🥺 I’m so pleased to hear you read The Mystery Of Black Hollow Lane, did you enjoy it? Wow, congratulations on reading 18 books! Joining the book blogging community really does inspire us to read more.

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      1. The book blogging community really is a great motivator. However, my TBR is growing way faster than I can read books 😭
        I really enjoyed The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane – it’s a good read when you don’t want something too heavy, but still want to be swept away ☺️

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  6. Out of the books you’ve read this year I have read Six of Crowd and Rebecca. As for my 2021 Goodreads challenge I set my goal to 100 books and so far I’ve read 46 and I’m 14 books ahead of schedule. I’m also in the middle of 3 books right now.

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      1. Yea they were although I didn’t love Six of Crows as much as everybody else. I prefer the Shadow and Bone trilogy. Thank you I can’t believe I have managed to stay so far ahead of schedule.

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  7. I’ve put 70 books to my reading challenge this year, thinking that while I have more time for reading I can manage (i used to put 100 books). But I am tremendously behind my challenge. I found that my taste in books changed and I read slower. I can’t read books only for review purposes as I used before with ARCs and books my followers asked me to read and make up an opinion on whether I should recommend a book or not. I DNF easier with no great remorse. Also, because I started reading books in german, it takes me more time to finish a book. Well, I’d say I had more fun with reading before, but it was also more stressful. Now I am slower but enjoy reading books I carefully picked for myself.

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  8. I started my goal at 60 which I just reached (one isn’t on goodreads yet so doesn’t count 😭) so I upped it to 100 books and we’ll see how that goes 😊. Aweosme post and looks like you’ve read some good books!

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    1. Wow, congratulations on reaching your target so soon! I’d love to know your secret of how you can read 60 books in four months 😉 You can definitely get to 100. Thank you so much!

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  9. You are doing amazing! I always do a Goodreads challenge which is usually set at 50 books and I tend to read between 50 and 70. This year I wanted to go for 100 and so far I am very happy to be well above target because I have just finished my 51st book! It will be fun to make the 100 target but I don’t think ill set it so high again in the future. It was just to see if I could do it!

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  10. Hi Stephen! I just found your blog! My goal is set at 30 (kept low expectations for myself hahaha) and I’m at 11 so I think I’m doing well! I want to read Six of Crows soon!

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  11. Well done on keeping on track with your goal, Stephen! You’ve read a nice variety of genres and I hope you discover more five-star books 💜📚 I set my goal to 30 books this year. While I am a little behind schedule, I think I can reach it! 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Shaz! 💜 There are some exciting books on my TBR so hopefully they can be the 5-star reads I’m looking for! Good luck with reaching your target – I’m sure you can do it 🙂

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  12. It always feels good when you’re ahead of schedule in the Goodreads challenge! Good luck! I always give myself a too challenging challenge and can never quite make it but I’m determined this year!

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