Tuesday 6 April 2021


More for my own amusement than anything else and a bit behind the times - 2021 Reading Plans

(note to self - find 2019 or 2020 post of same, copy and paste, change dates and images, job done)

Ambitious or more likely ridiculous setting reading plans for a whole year, when I can't stay on track for more than a book, maybe two before getting my head turned by something else. Oh well..

1. Finish an intended TBR Mountain reading challenge that's been on the sidebar since 2014. I have actually made progress on this with only one book to go.

2. Ditto a USA State reading challenge. I've probably read more than half the states in the country but am too idle to keep things up to date. I would like to finish it in 2019 - err, 2020, or even this year. More likely 2022


3. Catch up with my wife and son - I'm a list of books behind on the sidebar. So far behind I've not listed what they've read in the past couple of years that I haven't looked at.

4. Ditto - an author catch up list.... Charlie Stella, Anthony Neil Smith, Michael Connelly to mention a few...... probably 30 books to catch up on this sidebar irritation.

5. Try and complete several book series I started running through some years ago, at a pace of one a month before getting distracted - Matt Scudder by Lawrence Block, Travis McGee by John D. MacDonald, Elvis Cole by Robert Crais, Quarry by Max Allan Collins and Nameless by Bill Pronzini.

I might start these in the second half of the year and can at least dent them by 6 books in each.

6. Complete the 2019 European Reading Challenge run by Rose City Reader, aiming for at least 12 countries in the year. If I count the UK as four separate countries, I could feasibly get to 24 different European venues. Possibly rolling over to 2022 then.

7. More blog related than reading - finish cataloguing my books - the physical ones at least. I've been a bit slack regarding this! When I get caught up on my blog posts - I'm about a month behind I'll have to get back on the horse. 

I think I'm upto 86 tubs recorded with about 20 still to do - another 1000 books!

I might try and log the books on the kindle as well for a sense of completism. Plus I have another computer app that stores books on the laptop.

8. Try and keep on top of any freebies/review copies that might come my way. Probably not so many these days.

9. Stop browsing Net Galley and Edelweiss early reviewer sites. The world won't end if I don't get my hands on every new crime fiction book published! Try and get my percentage up on Net Galley from 39% to at least 50. Preferred feedback level is 80%.

10. Stop buying books or buy less books maybe.

11. Try and catch up on the TV and Film backlog listed.

12. I do have a somewhat ambitious goal of trying to read a complete Indie publishers output - All Due Respect. I bloody love them. I think since 2012/2013 they've published nearly 70 books. I've maybe read 20 of them give or take. I probably have 40 in the TBR pile. I just like what they do. So why not aim high?

I've created a page for All Due Respect so at least I have made a start.

13. 120 yearly reading target as per usual. I read about 190 last year, so maybe I ought to set my sights a biit higher

14. Read more female authors than in 2019/20 - I might need to actually find out how many that was first. 

15. Enjoy the books 



Expect 2022's Reading Plan post sometime May 2022.


  1. Great plans. And all due respect on your All Due Respect ambition, they won't let you down.

    1. Cheers Nigel. I've yet to read a bad book yet from ADR.

  2. I think reading goals can help a person focus, Col, and I give you credit for setting yours out. Even if you don't achieve them, it helps to plan. And the most important goal you have here? #15!

    1. Margot, I do like having goals and its fun when I hit my targets and no-one dies when I don't! :-)

  3. I should do something like this. Because then I could use it as a template for the next year and add and subtract.

    I don't think I have made as much progress on the USA states as you have, but I should keep my list up to date.

    #5, Keeping up with some book series is a great idea, and I should pick some authors for that. Top of the list would be Bill Pronzini and Bill Crider.

    I really wish I could cut back on buying books, but that has only worsened in the last year.

    1. I think we're in the same boat Tracy. I probably have covered more States but am hopeless at keeping track of them. I'll try and re-focus this year.

  4. I can relate so much to 9 and 10 on the list!

    1. Marina Sofia, thanks for stopping by. We're all as bad as each other, I think!