Earlier this year I did a post about my reading goals for 2018 so I thought since it’s June (somehow, already–where did the time go?) I thought I’d take a look to see how I’m doing.
Reading Goals Progress
Goodreads Challenge – Read at least 100 Books
I’m currently sitting at 74 books read and something ridiculous like 33 books ahead of schedule. I don’t think I’ll have an issue making this goal at all. Last year I finished at 150 but I didn’t want to set my goal so high and pressure myself. Maybe I’ll up it to 120 as a compromise.
r/Fantasy Book Bingo Challenge – 25 books to complete the card
Not sure what this is? You can read about the challenge here.
I think I’m actually a third of the way complete, maybe half. I spent half the day updating my bingo log but now the sheet isn’t work correctly, something is off about the formula, so I don’t have an exact count. But I have a lot more squares marked off than I thought I would already and I have until next April to finish. I think the hardest squares for me this year are going to be ‘Takes Place Entirely Within One City’ and ‘Novel Published Before You Were Born’. Does Godsgrave take place all within one city? I can’t remember.
Cathing Up – Finish catching up on Series / Work on TBR in 2018 GR Shelf
I think I’ve been doing pretty good with this goal so far.
- I’ve checked off 32 books from my ‘to be read in 2018’ shelf.
- Only 1 book I’ve read is a SFF book that has sequels that I’m not completely caught up on (for now, until some sequels to things come out next year or so).
- I’ve completed 11 series.
- I’ve caught up on 9 other series that are still ongoing but have no new books out.
Favorite Books of the Year So Far
Honestly there are so many books I could list here, but I’m focusing on just a few. These are the ones that have really stood out to me in one way or another.
- The Oddling Prince by Nancy Springer – Oh man. This book. This touched something deep inside my psyche and I spent half of the book sobbing on my cat struggling to control my emotions. It’s a weird and beautifully told fairy tale about learning to love yourself. Link to Full Review.
- The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee – This book was so much fun and also incredibly poignant at times. Sure, it was very light on the fantasy, but it was a full-on adventure! Link to Full Review.
- Circe by Madeline Miller – What a great retelling of Circe’s tale from her perspective. I feel like this stayed close to the mythology while also challenging our perceptions of her character. This was also about what it means to be human. Link to Full Review.
- Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng – This book perfectly captured the gothic atmosphere. It’s such a strange book and I loved every minute spent reading it. Link to Full Review.
- Iron Gold by Pierce Brown – This was a great addition to the Red Rising series. The start of a new trilogy sent 10 years after the first, we’re dealing with toppling the old empire and building a new one. Loyalties are being tested under the strain of war and bureaucracy. Link to Full Review.
- The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang – This book is both hilarious and brutal and full of weird drugged out magic. It feels weird saying I loved such a grim book but man, this book slayed me. In a good way. Link to Full Review.
So, that’s how my year’s been going so far. I think I’ve been doing really good about meeting my goals. Do you have any reading goals? How are you doing with them so far? Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to hear from you about your reading!