So it’s halfway through the year already, wow. 2020 will be here before we’ll know it! A whole new decade! I don’t think I’m ready for it, yikes.
Reading Goals Progress
Goodreads Challenge – Read at least 100 Books
I’m currently sitting at 87 books read which, like last year, is way ahead of my planned goal. Last year I ended up at 200 books, which is sort of a low key goal for me this year even though I kept my goal at 100 because I didn’t want to put too much pressure on myself. I think I’m at a good pace to make 200 again, if maybe I read some manga or novellas in between larger books, but we’ll see!
r/Fantasy Book Bingo Challenge – 25 books to complete the card
Not sure what this is? You can read about the challenge here.
This year I decided to do something a little different with my bingo card and I’m going for an all-vampire themed card. So each book will need to not only meet the condition of the individual square but also feature a vampire in some way. Ooooh boy. So, I think I’ve read 4 or 5 vampire books so far that will count for this but I am working on a list of books for the very specific squares that will be harder to come across in the wild. It’s been pretty fun looking for books! I came across a middle grade book about vampire pirates! I’m definitely checking that one out. I have a feeling most of my reading for this card will be done towards the last quarter of this year and early next year.
Catching Up – Finish catching up on Series / Work on TBR in 2019 GR Shelf
Okay so I’m doing really bad at this, whoops.
- I’ve only checked off 19 books from my ‘to be read in 2019’ shelf.
- 11 series I’ve started this year have 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 2 series. (WEAK)
- I’ve caught up on 13 other series that are still ongoing but have no new books out.
Discworld – Read 1-2 a Month
Well, I’ve read one so far this year. 😦
2019 Audiobook Challenge
A did a big post about this one last week. In case you missed it, you can find it here. But, to sum up: I’m doing great! I chose the highest level, Marathoner, which means 50+ audiobooks before the end of the year. So far I’m at 33 audiobooks read, so I should be able to meet this goal no problem.
I think part of my problem with being able to work on the last two goals is that I’ve been spending the bulk of my reading time 1) trying to stay current with new releases I’ve been excited about and 2) trying to catch up on ARCs and other books sent for review (which I’m still slightly behind on as well, yikes!).
I don’t really think I’m going to make many immediate changes, I’m going to read the things that I’m in the mood for because that’s what makes me a happy reader. I’m also going to try and continue to catch up on review copies because getting through them means putting less pressure on myself. If that means I have to put off my Discworld read-a-thon until next year, so be it.
With that said, I have also decided to join in another challenge because I’m me. The 20 Books of Summer Reading Challenge. This one is fairly simple and is really just a number of books in x amount of time challenge, which I usually do great with. I’ve laid out my TBR for it which are all things I need to get to anyway. More than anything, I’m hoping this one will spark some more motivation to get things done. 🙂
Once I get through that challenge I may make a TBR pile for the last quarter of the year as well. I’ve been thinking of something like ‘Backlist TBR’ to work on books that have been sitting in my pile for a while and/or are NOT new (2019) releases. I want to see how the 20 Books of Summer goes first, though.
Favorite Books of the Year So Far
I’ve read a lot of great books so far this year, but I’m focusing on just a few here. These are the ones that have really stood out to me in one way or another. Note that these are not just books published this year, but a couple of backlist books are included here as well.
- A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C. A. Fletcher
- The Last Sun by K.D. Edwards
- The Kingdom of Copper by S. A. Chakraborty
- Thornbound by Stephanie Burgis
- The Wicked King by Holly Black
- Where Oblivion Lives by T. Frohock
- The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson
- A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
- The Silver Queen by Josie Jaffrey
- The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin
- In Dreaming Bound by J. Kathleen Cheney
- Fair Isle and Fortunes by Nancy Warren
- A Magical Inheritance by Krista D. Ball
- Mist, Metal, and Ash by Gwendolyn Clare
- Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
So, that’s how my year’s been going so far. I think I’ve been doing really good with some goals while others have sort of fallen off the grid–whoops! 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!