Progress on 2018 Reading Goals

October 21, 2018 ♥ Posted in: Books by Kristina Horner

I’m going to be honest… I actually forgot that I set specific reading goals this year. It’s one of those things that was BW…. Before Wedding. Some of those things are a bit hazy these days, lol.

Anyhow, I was reminded of my goals, and so I have dug them up so that I can check in on my progress. There’s just a little over two months left in the year, so I think hitting most of them is still pretty reasonable at this point.

Below is my progress, with the bold ones being the ones that are incomplete.

  1. Read at least 3 books in the category of “you should have read this by now” whether it’s a classic or been on your shelf too long
    • Vicious by V.E. Schwab
    • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
  2. Read at least 3 books about people who are very different from yourself
    • The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee
    • Far From the Tree by Robin Benway
    • If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodsen
  3. Read at least 8 actual physical books
    • My Boyfriend is a Bear
    • If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson
    • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
    • Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson
    • Midnight at the Electric
    • City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
    • An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
    • The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
  4. Finish reading The Book Thief
  5. Read The Name of the Wind
  6. Read a book that’s over 500 pages
    • Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman (504 pages)
  7. Quit a book before you’ve finished (or at least skim the rest)
    • Black Beauty by Anna Sewell — this is the second time I have tried to read this book, and I just can’t do it. I can’t get past the fact that it’s from the POV of a horse. I know it’s a classic and was written in the 1800’s. I’m sorry.
  8. Get rid of a book immediately after reading it
    • Lies My Girlfriend Told Me by Julie Anne Peters (did not like this book at all)
  9. Read a book immediately after acquiring it or hearing about it (before it even makes it to the shelf or TBR)
    • Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson (Bought this book at the Strand when I was in NYC and read it immediately, loved it)
  10. Read a book you think might make you a better person
    • How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t by Andrea Owen
  11. Read a book of short stories
  12. Read a book with a cover that bothers you
    • Save the Date by Morgan Matson
  13. Get rid of a book without reading it
    • (I have definitely done this already this year, but I want it to be intentional, so I still need to pick one.)
  14. Get at least 2 books behind or ahead of schedule at some point in the year
    • Definitely have been 2 books behind at multiple points. Only 1 book behind now, though!
  15. Decide not to do one of the challenges on this list
    • The Name of the Wind might be waiting until 2019…

I’ve read 23/30 books I set out to read on Goodreads, putting me 77% of the way through that goal as well. November is a bit of a tough month for reading, sine so much of my time will be spent writing my NaNoWriMo novel and finding creative ways to procrastinate writing my NaNoWriMo novel… hey! Maybe I will do some reading that month!

Being unemployed for awhile has been an interesting journey and it’s definitely given me a bit more time for reading, as well as for other things I tend to have much less time for with a 9-5 job. I think I’ll be writing an entire blog post about this experience soon, so keep an eye out for that.

Wish me luck! If all else fails, I will consider the year a win if I at least finish reading The dang Book Thief.

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