I realize this post is really late, since normally people
would do these goal check-in posts during June or July, and we’re almost done
with August. Better late than never, right?
Some of you may know that I’ve been going through a lot in
my personal life these past few weeks. Because of all that, I’ve kind of lost
sight of what my intentions were at the beginning of the year, and I can feel
myself falling into a slump. So I thought this would be a good opportunity for
me to reevaluate how things are going and find that focus again. I don’t know
how interesting this post will be for you all, but it’s something I really need
right now, so hopefully you can bear with me.
Anyway, I’m just going to be going back through the reading goals I laid out in this post from back in January and talking about how they’ve been going/what changes I’ve made to them since the beginning of the year. Warning: This post is very long and rambling.
Read at least 50 books
This is still my goal for the year, and thanks to all the intense readathon-ing I’ve been doing this summer, I’m almost on track. When I got back from Europe at the beginning of the summer, Goodreads said I was 9 books behind, and now I’ve read 29 books so far this year and I’m only 2 books behind. So yay, progress.
Though honestly, I don’t know if I’m going to be able to
catch up because school starts next week and when that happens, my workload and
schedule is going to become a lot more intense than it is now. Still, I’m proud
of the progress I’ve made this summer.
Read more books by
When I made this goal, I thought it was a good one—and it would be, if it wasn’t for the fact that I worded it so poorly. After I wrote that post, I adjusted the goal to be “Read at least 5 books by non-American authors,” but honestly, even that wording is bad. The intention of this goal was that I wanted to read more diversely, but it’s too unspecific. Just because I’m reading books by someone who’s not American doesn’t necessarily mean I’m reading any more diversely than I normally would.
This is especially true considering that one of my other
goals for the year was to finish the Harry Potter series, which was written by
a straight white woman from the UK. At the time I made this goal, I still
needed to read the last 5 books in this series, so technically, I could use the
last 5 Harry Potter books to count for this challenge, and that would defeat
the whole point of this goal.
So I guess I’m changing my goal to “read at least 5 books by
diverse authors, preferably from outside the United States.” And by changing
that goal, my total progress goes from having 3 completed books for the
challenge to only one (because I read Girls
of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan earlier this year). We’ll see how this
goes, with only four months left in this year.
Finish the Harry
I would say this goal is going fine. Like I said earlier, at
the beginning of the year, I had 5 books left to read in this series, and since
then, I have completed two more and started on the third (I’m on Order of the Phoenix. Not very far into
it at all). I should be able to finish the last three before the year’s over.
At least, I hope.
Blog once per week
My problem here is not that I haven’t been keeping up with
this goal. As far as I know, I’ve put up at least one blog post every week
since the beginning of the year. The issue is that I keep trying to make myself
do more than that, and it doesn’t work out because I have so many other things
going on in my life.
Book blogging is a hobby for me. I don’t get paid for it,
and while I wouldn’t necessarily be opposed to the idea, I have no real
intention of getting paid for it anytime in the near future. When I started
this blog, I just wanted to use it as a place to talk about my love of books
with others, because I don’t have very many people to talk about this kind of
thing in my real life. I want to get back to that base again.
And so, I’m going back to this goal. Recently, I’ve been
trying to push myself and put out 2 or sometimes three posts per week, but
that’s making this whole thing stressful and not fun. All I want to do is put
up at least one post per week, and if I have time and I feel like it, I might
do more. I love this blog, I love the bookish community, and I think this is
the best way for me to keep from burning out and giving up on this thing
Put out a book review
at least once every two months
I think it’s safe to say that I have failed at this challenge. I’ve only put up 3 book reviews this whole year, though one of them was last month, so at least I have that going for me. I don’t know what it is about me and book reviews, but I don’t like writing them, even for books I love. I don’t really like reading them, either, to be honest. I did a whole blog post about my struggles with doing dedicated book reviews over here, if you want to go check that out.
I still want to try to do book reviews more often, so even
though I’ve already failed this challenge for this year, I do think I’m going
to try to follow it for the rest of the year. So hopefully you’ll see a book
review from me next month and then in November.
Read 4 Books from my
Book Scratch-Off Poster
Funny story about this one. At the end of 2018, I bought
this scratch-off poster that’s supposedly the 100 books everyone needs to read
in their lifetime, and I thought working my way through it would be a fun way
to make myself read outside my comfort zone (since a lot of the books on the
poster were classics, which I don’t read very often, unless it’s for class).
It was a great idea in theory. The only problem is that I
went on my study abroad trip for 4 months, and when I came back at the end of
May, I couldn’t find the scratch-off poster.
I still haven’t found it, and I definitely don’t remember
all of the books that were listed on it (though I do remember that Harry Potter
was there, so I should at least get that done). Until I find it, or I cave and
buy a new one, I won’t be able to complete this challenge.
Participate in at least
5 readathons and post about them on my blog
I’ve passed this challenge. I wouldn’t say I aced it because
although I have participated in 5 readathons so far this year, and I did write
at least one post about each of them for my blog, I didn’t do great at them. In
fact, out of the 5 readathons I participated in, I only completed all the
challenges for one of them (well, technically two, but since that one’s only
challenge was to exclusively read books with “you” in the title, I’m not
counting it). And during one of the readathons, I literally only read one book
for the whole readathon. For that one, I never even bothered writing a wrap-up
(By the way, if you’re interested in seeing all the readathon-related posts I’ve ever made, I have a special page on my website just for that here.)
That’s all I had talked about in that post, and while I of
course had set myself different goals for other parts of my life, this is a
book blog, not a lifestyle blog, so I won’t bore you with the details on all
Overall, though, I would say that while I’ve made a lot of
progress on some of my goals, I’m a bit (or a lot, in some cases) behind on
most of them. So hopefully I’ll be able to get back on track and finish strong
during these last four months.
Anyway, thank you for reading this post! What were some of
your reading goals this year? How are you doing on them?
I’ll see you all next time!