Hello, friends! Can you believe that the year is already 25% over? I definitely can’t, even though January and February seem like they were ages away. I have no idea why but time seems to be passing by very weirdly this year and I am most definitely not a fan.
Anyways, I’ll move onto what I actually came here to say now.
At the beginning of the year I created a very ambitious list of challenges for myself in order to motivate myself to actually read this year. I figured that since a quarter of the year has passed, I would see how I was doing with those challenges and goals.
Let’s see where I am with my reading challenges!
I. Goodreads reading challenge
I’m actually doing pretty well with my goodreads challenge, which honestly surprises me because I was convinced that there was no way I would end up actually reading 150 books this year. I feel like I need to note that I haven’t actually read 59 full length novels, one perk of my Greek literature class is that I get to add a bunch of plays to goodreads that are very good at inflating my number of “books” read.
II. A-Z Challenge
Okay, this seems like a great time to admit that I forgot I was doing this until I started writing this post. However, that doesn’t seem to be a problem? I have 21 of the 26 letters already covered without even thinking about it, so I think it’ll be okay in the end.
III. Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge
Okay, I could like, tell you how many backlist books I have read so far this year but that sounds like it involves counting and math and I’m really not feeling that right now. I have been keeping track of the bingo associated with this challenge that I decided to do (and by that I mean I sat down last Saturday and figured out what challenges I had completed without thought because I apparently forgot that I signed myself up for reading challenges). Anyways, here’s the books that I have read for bingo challenges!
Animal on the cover: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Major cliffhanger: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
Over 400 pages: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Book mentioned in another book: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Multiple points of view: More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer
Written in the decade you were born: Emily Windsnap and the Siren’s Secret by Liz Kessler
Less than 500 goodreads ratings: Emily Windsnap and the Falls of the Forgotten Island
Book by an international author: The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler
Part of a series with 4+ books: Emily Windsnap and the Monster in the Deep
Novella: Elemental by Brigid Kemmerer
A genre you don’t normally read: Ordinary Men by Christopher R. Browning
Book about a war: Death Dealer by Rudolf Hoss
Cover with your favorite color: The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore
Set in a different country: Emily Windsnap and the Castle in the Mist by Liz Kessler
Translated from another language: The Iliad by Homer
Book with magic: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Under 200 pages: Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi
Adventure or journey story: Emily Windsnap and the Land of the Midnight Sun by Liz Kessler
One word title: Insurgent by Veronica Roth
A book someone you know loves: A Conjuring of Light by VE Schwab
Standalone: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
Murder mystery: Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer
On your TBR for 2+ years: The Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore
Finish a series: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Cover love: The Raven King by Maggie Steifvater
No people on the cover: Four by Veronica Roth
Popular author’s first book: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Discovered on social: The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
Less than 1,000 goodreads ratings: Dear Earthling: Cosmic Correspondant by Pen Avery
Graphic novel: In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang
Part of a duology: Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
2018 release: A Very Large Expanse of Sea
Everyone’s read it but you: Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Next in a series you started: Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore
Regret not reading sooner: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Okay, those were the three reading challenges I signed myself up for this year, but I also made five personal goals for myself (that I also don’t remember, the only thing I have learned from this post is that I am even more of a mess than I thought).
I. Try and physically read more books.
In 2018, the majority of books I read I did so via audio. I really found myself missing sitting down to physically read so I made that a goal for the year. So far, I have been doing pretty well. I have read more physically than via audio this year so far. Go me!
II. Blog consistently!
I have been doing fairly well at posting consistently, but I have been doing very bad at actually blog hopping and responding to comments. As soon as my school year winds down, I will most definitely work on that a lot.
III. Read more contemporaries!
I am finding it kind of hard to evaluate this one. I have read a fair amount of contemporaries this year, but I still feel like I could be reading more. I’ll add this to the list of things to keep in mind.
IV. Start actually writing reviews
YAY! I have actually been doing this one, which makes me really happy. I wouldn’t say I have written a ton of reviews, but given that before this year I had written appropriately zero, I think I’m doing pretty good.
V. Start taking notes as I read
Okay, so far, I have read 59 books this year and taken notes on 3 of them. But, in good news, I have finally figured out a way of taking notes that works for me and I plan on taking more notes as I read in the future!
Okay, luckily, that is all that January Arin thought would be a good idea to try and do this year. Sorry if this post was boring for everyone else but it was helpful for me. Did you set any reading goals or join any reading challenges this year? If so, how are they going? Let’s chat in the comments!