Hello, hello! Reading goals are fun. They keep us motivated, they help us select what we want to read next, and they create fun ways for us to challenge ourselves and read outside of our comfort zones. I set several reading goals for myself at the beginning of 2019 and now that we’re more than halfway through the year let’s take a look at those goals and which ones I’ve achieved so far.
The first reading goal is the one that pretty much every avid reader is familiar with: the Goodreads Reading Challenge. This year I challenged myself to read 50 books since I knew I would have more free time than usual since finishing school and I wanted to push myself to read more than I ever have before. I have read 26 books so far this year, which puts me three books behind schedule. This is still much less behind schedule than I normally would be, and I’m confident that I will be able to attain this goal.
My other goals were small goals I set for myself as a way to diversify my reading list. The challenges bolded are ones I have completed, and I will list the book that satisfies the challenge.
Read a book before I see the movie – Pet Sematary by Stephen King
Read a new release – The Women’s War by Jenna Glass
Listen to a book I loved reading
Read a book by a minority – Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Stop pretending I’ve read the book and actually read it
Read a bestseller – Again, But Better by Christine Riccio
Read an award winner – Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saénz
Read something with a five-star rating – The Postmortal by Drew Magary
Read the book that’s been on my TBR the longest
Read a best of 2018 – Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Reread a book I loved from years ago – Looking for Alaska by John Green
Finish a series I started a long time ago and never finished
Marathon a series
I have some plans for the challenges I still haven’t completed. A book I loved reading that I want to listen to the audiobook of is Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. A book that I claim I’ve read but I totally never have is Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. The book that has been on my Goodreads TBR the longest is The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. A nonfiction book I plan to read this year is Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story by Jacob Tobia. Two series that I started a long time ago and would like to finish this year are The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer and The Darkest Minds Trilogy by Alexandra Bracken. I currently am marathoning my way through the Ruined trilogy by Amy Tintera.
I’m feeling pretty good about my current reading stats at this point in the year. I’m most nervous about The Name of the Wind, because it’s long and dense and I know will take a lot of time to read, so that could potentially affect my progress toward my 50 book goal. I also have not read it yet because I know so many fans of the series who are still frustrated that the third book has not been released, so I was trying to wait until that at least gets a publication date. Other than that I think my goals are very attainable and I’m confident that I’ll be able to reach them!
What are some of your reading goals for 2019? How are your reading challenges going? Are you happy with how far you’ve come? Let me know in the comments or on social media!