Doing book tags is a great way for me to let other fellow readers know more about me and my tendency, at least vis-a-vis books and reading. Completing book tags never get old, so here I am, doing yet another book tag. (I hope that my New Year Book Tag is not too late! Haha). I did this one in 2019 but I am doing a 2021 version.

Happy reading! And again, happy new year!

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How many books are you planning to read in 2021?

60 Books (initial target). I managed to complete 93 books in 2020, the most I read in a year ever since I started reading. It was a grand and memorable reading year. I originally targeted to read 60 books for the year but I ended reading more than that. This is mostly because of the work-from-home arrangement. For 2021, I am going to stick to 60 books again because I want to be conservative and modest. Should I pick up my pace the same way I did last year, then I think 60 books would be manageable. If 2021 is anything like 2020 then I might actually make 90 books for the year again.

Name five books you didn’t get to read in 2020 that you want to make a priority in 2021
  1. SHUGGIE BAIN by Douglas Stuart
  2. REAL LIFE by Brandon Taylor
  3. THE MAKIOKA SISTERS by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki
  4. THE SAVAGE DETECTIVES by Roberto Bolaño
  5. THE BASTARD OF ISTANBUL by Elif Shafak
Name a genre you want to read more of.

Literary and Science Fiction! I wanted to pick magical realism because I am still trying to find my footing in that particular genre despite reading a couple of Rushdies and Murakamis. However, my reach into literary and science fiction isn’t as extensive as my reach is in magical realism. Regardless, I am always up to the challenge to reading books of diverse genre. Well, everything but horror! Haha.

What’s a book you’ve had forever that you still need to read?

Palace of Desire by Naguib Mahfouz. I have a lot of books that I have purchased as far a back as 2015 and it has been my goal for the longest time to read them (I am never successful). In 2019, I featured Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way but I haven’t read it yet despite the passage of two years (LOL). I did manage to buy the rest of the series it belongs to, In Search of Lost Time, but I am still short of one book. Another book that has been gathering dust on my book is Nobel Laureate in Literature Naguib Mahfouz’s Palace of Desire. It was a book I purchased five years ago but I kept pushing it back because I haven’t bought the other books in the trilogy it is part of.

One word you’re hoping 2021 will be?

Fulfilling! I just want my reading year to be fulfilling. I have set quite tall goals for myself but I don’t want to rush myself. I don’t want to place too much pressure and just go with the flow. If I feel like reading then I will read. If I don’t feel like reading then I won’t read. If I don’t like a book then I won’t read it. Beyond fulfilling, I want my year to be be filled with happiness – not just in reading but also in blogging/writing and life in general. I hope the same for everyone!


As has been customary, I don’t want to burden fellow bloggers by tagging them to do this book tag. However, if you want to do it, go ahead! Just don’t forget to tag me so that I can check out your version.

Happy Reading!

~ CLB

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