How is it halfway through the year? No seriously, like, how did this happen? Wasn’t it February like yesterday? How is summer halfway over? What is time? Why is it a construct I must base my life on? These and more are the questions that keep me up at night. I could keep going with other things that keep me up at night, but that it not what this post is about. Today, we are gathered here (suddenly you are attending a wedding or some other official service, though please don’t ask me what type or why) to discuss my 2019 reading goals and how I am progressing with them at this point in time. Let us hope I am doing okay, because I honestly haven’t thought about them since my quarterly check in post.
I should really do better at the whole, keeping track of my reading challenges and goals thing but that doesn’t sound like me to me. And also, if I did keep track of things I wouldn’t have a reason to write these posts that I honestly do find fun to write so I will probably just keep ignoring them until another forth of the year goes by.
Earlier this year I made a list of reading challenges and goals for myself, now I will see where I stand halfway through the year.
I. Goodreads Reading Challenge
37 books ahead of schedule? That is so wild I cannot begin to wrap my head around it. Maybe I am doing something right after all. I want to say that since I am this far ahead I may be able to have this completed by my next check in post but also I don’t want to jinx myself. Anyways, 111 books halfway through the year? I always feel like I am getting no reading done but I guess I have been at least everyone in a while. Also, since I have never actually linked my goodreads in a post, you can add me here if you want.
II. A-Z Challenge
I haven’t made as much progress on this as I would have liked, I only added one more letter in three months. However, I guess it is only halfway through the year and I only have four more letters out of the 26 to complete so I guess I should be happy. However, I know there is no way I will be able to get those other four letters done unless I actually start paying attention to this so maybe I should stop doing that whole not caring about reading challenges thing.
III. Beat The Backlist Reading Challenge
I haven’t been good at logging my books for this challenge, but I think I have decided that at this point I only want to complete this dang bingo card so that is what I am going to talk about today.
Animal on the cover: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Based on folklore/myth: Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
Book to movie/show: New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
Favorite romance trope: Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer
Major cliffhanger: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
A debut author: With or Without You by Brian Farrey
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
New-to-you author: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
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
Book that made you laugh: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Translated from another language: The Iliad by Homer
#ownvoices: George by Alex Gino
Based on a historical event: Little House In The Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
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
Borrowed or gifted: Spinning by Tillie Walden
New York Times bestseller: Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
Alternate history or future: On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden
Characters are twins: Secret by Brigid Kemmerer
Standalone: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
Co-authors: Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
Prequel: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Murder mystery: Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer
Part of a trilogy: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Share a name with the author or character: The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
On your TBR for 2+ years: The Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore
Classic you’ve never read: Symposium by Plato
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
Set in a school: Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer
Discovered on social: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
Less than 1,000 goodreads ratings: Dear Earthling: Cosmic Correspondant by Pen Avery
A book involving music: How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake
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
Cover art redesign: Storm by Brigid Kemmerer
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, I have 19 of these bingo spaces left and I am determined to fill them up soon. Anyways, I also set some fun goals for this year so I will see how I am doing with them.
I. Try and physically read more books.
I don’t want to be over dramatic or anything, but I am beyond impressed with how well I am doing with this. I am still about 50/50 with physical and audio almost every month, but I have been physically reading so much more this year and I am really proud of myself.
II. Blog consistently!
I said in my last post that I has been posting consistently but wanted to blog hop more and now I am blog hopping more but I attempted to take a mini hiatus last week following my grandmother’s passing but I feel like that doesn’t count? Anyways I want to say I’m doing this but also it seems uncertain.
III. Read more contemporaries!
I feel like I read a ton of contemporaries last month so I am going to count this as a yes as well.
IV. Start actually writing reviews
Last month I reviewed or mini reviewed all but two of the books I read so I am going to say yes to this one as well.
V. Start taking notes as I read
This is a big no all around, I honestly don’t know what I was thinking when I put this one on here.
Okay, those are all of my reading goals and challenges for the year and where I stand with them halfway through! All in all I am pretty proud of myself, though I do think I need to start actually paying attention to them now. How about you guys, did you set reading challenges for this year? How are you doing with them if you did? Let’s chat in the comments!