Mid-Year Progress (and Freak Out tag)

Hey frands. June is (rapidly, holy shit, omg) coming to an end and so it’s time for a little mid-year checkup on my reading progress!

-shuffles through various documents and websites that I use to track my reading progress- Ahem. So, ok. First off, my goal was to read roughly 110 books this year and I set my actually Goodreads goal at 112. Prior to writing this post, I’ve read 58 books and I am apparently 5 books ahead of schedule. Fantastic!

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In Which I Remember I Set Reading Goals For This Year

“2016 Reading Goals” – does that phrase sound familiar to anyone? I recall a post I wrote, titled exactly that! As June rapidly comes to a close (wait, wasn’t it just April like two days ago!?) I begin to recall that I set some reading goals for myself…and unfortunately, I’m not doing a great job of sticking to them.

I try not to get too caught up in “what to read next” or “how much I read” because my real goal is to just immerse myself in the wonderful worlds that books have to offer. But when your TBR is so massive it’s practically sentient, it’s nice to set some goals.

I set myself an overall goal completing 112 books this year, which I’ll admit is pretty lofty, especially because last year I read a lot of graphic novels. So far, Goodreads is telling me I’m 8 books behind schedule. Yikes! That’s about a month of reading right there, give or take a few books.

I also told myself that of those 112 books, 40 of them should be from my “dusty bookshelf” – meaning books that have been moldering in my TBR pile for years (or at least, prior to 2016). This is probably the most important goal I set myself because I often feel guilty that I have so many fantastic sounding books in my personal library that have been ignored for so long. Please tell me I’m not the only one that has this problem! So far I’ve read 17 dusty books, which I think gives me a pretty good shot at completing my goal!

After that (yes, there’s more!) I told myself I would complete six series that I’ve yet to finish, some of which will include re-reading from the beginning because it has simply been too long since I last read them. Of those, I’ve read one book each from only two of the series. I’m not likely to complete this goal this year unless I completely refocus my reading habits and stick to just these series.

That being said, I have to admit to myself that I’m not exactly trying to achieve the goals I set for myself. Yes, I enjoy setting reading goals and I do try to read at least 100 books a year, just to try to keep up with my insane (unhealthy) TBR pile.  But I don’t enjoy being told what to read, even if it’s by myself! I’ve never been one to even attempt a monthly TBR like many other readers do. I like to skip from genre to genre, depending on how I feel after my last read. Or sometimes I launch right into my newest purchase, rather than condemn it to my shelves for all eternity.

Did you set yourself any reading goals this year? I’d love to know if you’re on track (or not, because misery loves company) and how you’ve achieved that!

2016 Reading Goals

It’s a new year (hope you all had a pleasant time ringing it in) and it’s time for my bookish resolutions (which are the only ones I really try to keep).

Overall:

  • Read 112 books – I surpassed last year’s goal of 110 and ended the year with 120, so I think 112 books is possible.

Specifics:

  • Read 40 books from my “dusty bookshelf” – with a TBR of over 640 books (oh.my.gourd.), obviously some have been waiting to be read for literally years. Last year I aimed to change this and set the goal at 40 books, but only managed to read 27 that fit this category. This year I’m going to try again for 40. For the sake of simplicity, I’m counting anything purchased prior to 2016 as an “old” book. I will not be counting any re-reads.
  • Finish up some series – these would all count towards my dusty bookshelf challenge and they’re series I’ve started much too long ago and really need to finish.
    • Katherine Kerr’s (epic) Deverry series – I’ve read 7 of the 15 books, so I still have quite an adventure ahead of me.
    • Qiu Xiaolong’s Inspector Chen series – I need to read the last three, the very last of which I need to purchase.
    • Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl series – This will be mostly a re-read, because I haven’t read the last three books, but it’s been so long since I read the others that I forget almost everything.
    • Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea series – again, this is a partial re-read because I haven’t read the two most recent books and read the original trilogy back in high school.
    • Cherie Priest’s Clockwork Century series – this isn’t a strict series, as you can read any of the books in any order. But after reading Boneshaker and buying the rest of the books on Black Friday, I just want to read them all!
    • Jonathan L. Howard’s Johannes Cabal series – yet another re-read for books one and two, because I’ve slacked and I don’t want to go into book three clueless.

This is about all I can handle – probably more than I can handle really, but I’m going to do my best. I’m not going to tackle any themed challenges like I did with the Pop Sugar challenge last year.

How about you? Do you set yourself reading goals for the new year?