The mid-way point of the year has officially glided by. Of my 6 reading goals I have completed 2 of them!!
Most of them are continuous goals, and some are super close to being finished.
☑ Read The Doctor: His Lives and Times or Wild Women
I read The Doctor from 7th March to 12th April 2018. I didn’t give it a rating, but I remember enjoying learning about the other doctors I haven’t watched and going more in-depth into the ones I have. I did wish they would have waited until the show was “definitely” over – or at least seeming to be e.g. before the re-boot happened with Christopher Eccleston. There’s also nothing about River, despite having Clara in a ton of photos.
☒ Read Ajin: Demi-Human, Vol. 3
Super easy goal to achieve, which I could do ANYTIME, but I haven’t prioritised yet.
☑ Read 25 Books
I am SUPER proud of my progress on this one (and really enjoying using capitals at the moment 😛 ). I have read 25 books to date which means I’m finished!! ALREADY! How crazy! By law of averages, at this continued pace, I could read 42 books by the end of the year. That would insane, but it could happen. Based on this particular goal, I feel like the current month is closer to December than July…perceptions are crazy, hey? 😛
☒ Read The Following
Six Seven Books
I didn’t realise when writing my original Reading Goals page, my original goals Booktube video had seven books listed to read, instead of six. I missed Her Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. I have not read this one and I’m also revising this part of the goal to include any of the two books I have by Jodi Picoult – the second being The Ten Circle.
I have not read this one and haven’t felt more than a fleeting desire. If I don’t read this by the end of the year, I want to unhaul it. Even though it would be good motivation and inspiration for my writing career there is no point having a dead weight book I’ll never read. Someone else might find more use from it.
I have read World Without End. I LOVED it! No doubt about it being a five star read and one of the BEST books I have read this year and EVER. I had always teared up in books before, but I hadn’t ever cried properly. This book made me bawl my eyes out and sob for minutes. It was friggen amazing and I am so glad I read it.
I have read The Return of the King. It wasn’t as epic as I was expecting, and sadly I liked this volume the least. Most of the war parts at the beginning were boring and it wasn’t until Frodo and Sam reappeared that I really began to enjoy it and read it quickly.
I have read this delightful dive into the prehistoric era, following the second volume of Ayla’s journey. This is my mother’s favourite series and after buying all of them, I wanted to make sure I prioritised this. I love historical fiction, especially with a setting I haven’t been to yet. The next volumes will probably be on my 2019 reading list, though I think I’ll pick up book 3 before the end of the year.
The Other Side of Dawn has been read. I usually only pick one of John Marsden’s novels towards the end of the year to boost my reading count, despite always enjoying them. I wanted to get this series finished and move onto The Ellie Chronicles. Now I have!
Finally, I have also read Passing Strange. Unfortunately, despite liking the dip back into the zombie YA novel, the “conclusion” to the series left many questions unanswered. I even emailed Daniel Waters to ask if he was planning on writing the next book – at some stage he’d like to, but not in the foreseeable future. There is a collection of short stories which answers some questions, but this may be a series I’ll never truly know what happens to the characters.
☒ Read a Thoroughbred Book Per “Current Reads” Youtube Video
This is a cross and I think it will stay one, simply on principle. I have stopped doing regular Booktube videos and I’m not sure if I’ll catch up on reviewing the books I’ve read or not. Looking at this statistically, I try to read a TB book per 4 books read. That should be 6 so far, if I’m mathing correctly, and I’ve read 4. Not bad, but I should smash out a few in the remainder of the year.
☒ Reduce My Physical “Can-Read” TBR to 99 Books Before the End of the Year
Again, another one I can’t tick until the year is over. I have three “to-be-read” piles. One is my “Want Read” shelf on Goodreads, which isn’t anything I own, just books I flag if they interest me to one day pick up in a million years when my physical tbrs are zero and I can buy things freely again. I cull this one every couple of months if the desire to read was fleeting.
I have two physical tbrs. One contains a bunch of novels that are the only volumes I own in their series. (If you have a better way to explain this please TELL ME haha) E.g. I only own book one in the Gentleman’s Bastard series or I only own book ten in the Alex Delware series or I only own The Ambassador’s Mission and there is a series before that I should read first. This is the shelf I can’t read. Because I read Outlander and HAD to buy the next book, and have also bought the third, but haven’t read them!! I don’t need to start ANY other series because I’ve started so many and I never binge read series.
And then there’s my tbr shelf I can select from (books can graduate from the shelf above if I have two in the series). It’s full of series I have started and standalones. This is the TBR I wanted to get to 99. It was at 111 books at the start of 2018 and currently it is 89!! 😀 😀 I can’t mark this as done yet because I could buy 11 books and read no more and therefore fail this challenge with a TBR of 100 at the end of the year. But with unhauling, reading, and buying restrictions I am overachieving on this goal, and hope to continue to!
NEW GOALS FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR
Since I have almost blitzed the seven books I wished to read, I am creating a small TBR of three books to get to before the end of the year:
- Writers on Writing as listed above – if I don’t read this I MUST unhaul it.
- Her Sister’s Keeper or The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult as listed above
- Sacrifice by Cayla Kluver.
Two of those are listed above and one isn’t. I bought Sacrifice at the end of 2017 as a Christmas present to myself and to validate the reason I bought it (I HAD to continue & finish the series ASAP) I want to read it before Christmas this year.
And that’s it, everyone! Thanks for reading. How are YOUR goals going?