Can you believe we’re in July already?! As we’re halfway through 2019, I’ve seen a lot of people doing ‘Mid-Year’ posts, mostly the ‘Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag’, created by ReadLikeWildfire and Earl Grey Books. I will be doing the tag sometime soon but first, I decided to check in with my reading goals. I want to see if I’m on track to achieve the targets I set myself at the beginning of the year, and also take a look at any trends that seem to have emerged so far. I haven’t included anything I’ve read so far in July, so these stats are for exactly the first six months of the year: January 1st to June 30th.
Back in January, I set myself three reading goals for the year:
1. My Goodreads reading challenge – 80 books.
2. Read all the big books on my TBR, those that are over 500 pages.
3. Read at least one non-fiction book a month.
Having read 42 books, I’m a little ahead of my Goodreads goal, and have been for most of the year so far. Most of the time I’m ahead by one or two books, but occasionally I’ll drop back to being right on schedule.
As for all those intimidating tomes, I’ve read a few – the largest of them all being The Romanovs at a staggering 784 pages, which I read back in March. I only have three books left on my TBR that are over 500 pages, and one of them was a new addition this year, so I’ve done really well with this goal so far!
My non-fiction goal has gone just as well. I got off to a good start by reading three non-fiction books in January – Be with Me Always, Vagina: A Re-Education, and Heart Berries – but slacked in February, when I didn’t read any. I made up for it in March with the enormous The Romanovs, and then I read two more non-fiction books in April: Bleaker House and Zlata’s Diary. May was the month for fat positive essays, as I read both Happy Fat and Shrill. June had three more non-fiction reads in the form of The Uninhabitable Earth, Notorious RBG and Text Me When You Get Home.
My longest read was The Romanovs by Simon Sebag Montefiore at 784 pages, whilst my two shortest reads were New American Best Friend by Olivia Gatwood, and Notes on Camp by Susan Sontag, both with just 55 pages. I’ve already read 11847 pages so far this year! For comparison, I read over 16,800 pages in total during 2018. March, April and June were the months that I read the most, all with nine books a piece, whilst my least productive reading month was February with four books.
I gave out eleven 5-star reviews, and nine 2-star reviews. No books have been given a 1-star review: I usually DNF them before I get to the end if I think they’re that bad. I’ve only DNF-ed one book so far this year: The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick.
The author whose work I’ve read the most of this year is Taylor Jenkins Reid. I’ve read two of her books: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones & The Six. I like to switch it up with authors so I tend to read around a lot. I’m surprised any author was on the list twice, to be honest! TJR’s definitely got me hooked, I’m excited to read more from her. I’ve also read a lot more female authors than male: 31 female writers and just 11 male. I think I’m definitely drawn more to women’s voices but it doesn’t actively play a big role in my choice of books.
In 2018, I did the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge and swore I’d never do a year-long challenge again. It was far too constricting for me, but that hasn’t stopped me picking up mini-challenges and readathons! My favourite so far has been the OWLs Magical Readathon, and I’m super excited for the NEWTs to start next month – Book Roast recently announced all the prompts, so I’ll be doing a Readathon TBR later in the month.
I also started the year-long Unread Shelf Project, which is way less intense than the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge as it’s only one prompt a month. Most recently, I did the Sims-a-thon, a Sims-themed Readathon in June, which was great fun!
I try to only do month-long readathons on alternates months, so that I have a month off to mood read or read a little less intensely. That said, I’m looking forward to seeing what readathons pop up during autumn.
I’m glad I’m on track with my reading goals so far. I definitely think I can hit 80 books by the end of the year! I’m doing well with reading non-fiction and I have plenty left on my TBR to keep up my goal of one a month, and I just have three 500+ pagers to get through for my ‘big books’ goals.
As it’s been six months since I started this blog – and a whole year since I first started book-blogging on Tumblr! – I decided to have a bit of an image re-vamp, so above is the new header style I’ll be using going forward. I think it’s much brighter and cleaner than the design I’ve been using, though I’m sure it’ll change again six months from now!
How are your 2019 reading goals going?