Mid-Year Reading Goals Check-In

22 Jul

It’s about halfway through the year, which means it’s time to assess how my reading has been going so far this year! For quite a while I was reading more and more each year (2014: 160 books, 2015: 191 books, 2016: 268 books) and for the first time in a while I am not on track to beat my previous record. So far this year I’ve read 123, and even if I double that (which is unlikely) it will be less than 2016.  However, my goal for this year is set at 200, and I never wanted to attempt to beat 2016′s numbers. It’s just nice to know that was my “peak reading” number, and I think this year will be more indicative of what my years going forward will be like.


So, let’s go through my 2017 goals one by one, shall we?


Read 200 books. I am on track for this one!


Series challenge. I didn’t have set numbers for this so I can’t really say that I’m failing it, but… I had meant to read 3 big series this year, and so far I have only read one entire series (along with the first book in the Asian Saga and the first 2 Dark Artifices novels). I might just end up doing 2 big ones this year (Dark Tower and Asian Saga), which is fine by me!


TBR challenge: read 75 TBR books and 25 owned books. Well, I am at 54 TBR books, so right on track for that! I’m intentionally ahead on that one since August will be dedicated to the Man Booker longlist and a re-read of IT. As for previously owned books, I’ve only gotten through… 11. Not too far behind, but I clearly need to dedicate more time to this task.


Read Harder Challenge. Of the 25 challenges I only have 6 left, so I am way ahead of schedule on this one.


Book Prize Longlists. I have had a blast the past 2 years reading through a few prize lists, so this year I wanted to make it a separate “goal category” so I could properly track it. Note that (aside from the Man Booker) my goal is not to read every book on a longlist: just the ones I can/am interested in. I read 13/16 for the Bailey’s, 10/13 for the Man Booker International, and all 6 Hugo-nominated novellas. So 29/35, it’s going pretty well!


Goal books vs Impulse Reads. This is a newer “challenge” that I started mid-January, so it’s not on my initial challenge post. Basically, I want the majority of the books I read to count towards a goal. Ideally I’d like to have less than 10% impulse reads. So far I have read 123 books and 8 of them were impulse reads, which is 6.5%! My ratings for impulse books average out to way less than my goal books: 3 of them were 2.5 or lower, and I only have 6 books total rated that low for the year. So 50% of my shitty reads were impulse books, while impulse books are less than 10% of my total reading. Ouch. All 3 of the low-rated impulse books were also thrillers so the lesson here is that if I want to read a thriller, add it to my TBR and let the idea stew for a while (and look up the damn reviews) before just picking it up and tearing through it.


As you can see, I am (for the most part) right on track or slightly ahead of my goals. I still feel like I am not reading enough, like there is this whole huge sea of books out there I will never get to dip my feet into. But these challenges, especially tracking goal books vs impulse books, is making me feel a bit better about that aspect of reading as a hobby.

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