Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog! In the blogs I follow and throughout Youtube I’ve seen people do sort of first quarter evaluation or wrap up and to set their goals for the second quarter of the year. However because I didn’t set myself any specific goals for this year or quarters, I thought I’d just take you through my TBRs and 2019 reading challenges that I’m participating in and check in to see how far I’ve come!
Goodreads Reading Challenge
I think this is probably one of the yearly challenges that most of us are participating in. I set myself a goal to read 45 books this year, and every month I update you guys on my progress in my Here and Now posts.
I’m happy to say that I’ve read 15 books out of that 45 books goal, meaning that I am on track. Additionally it shows that I have read 33% of my goal, which is exciting! Throughout the first few months I was around 3 or even 5 books ahead of schedule, but these past few weeks have been slow reading-wise, and so I’ve been finishing less books but I’m still happy that I’m on track to read 45 books this year.
Reading Women 2019 Challenge
I made a post at the beginning of the year about my personal goal to read more women authors and to participate in the Reading Women challenge, consisting of 24 prompts and 2 extra ones. In that post I also mentioned some books that I plan to read to match those prompts. They also have a very insightful and interactive Goodreads group that were really useful in providing the members with ideas and suggestions as to what books will best fit each prompt.
In the end I have ticked off 13 out of those 24 prompts. That means I have reached 53% of all the prompts, which is impressive because we’re not even halfway through the year yet!
However I do notice that there are some tricky prompts over there that are out of my comfort zone, such as a play, a book about a woman athlete, a book about or set in Appalachia.
So far I’ve really enjoyed trying to fit in the books I’ve read into these prompts, and also picking up more women authors consciously to try and reach more prompts as possible. For example, I picked up The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas impulsively because I remember that it will be a great pick for the prompt: a YA book by a woman of color. On another example, I also bought the audiobook of Hunger by Roxane Gay, which I’ve been eyeing for years, because it was perfect for the prompt: a Lambda Literary Award winner.
Other wonderful reads by women that fit into the challenge was Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (a multi-generational family saga – check out my full review here) and A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza (a book featuring a religion other than your own).
My library TBR
Earlier this year I also posted a list of books I would love to borrow out of my local library, and I think it has become more or less a whole year TBR of books I really really need to read.
The books are:
- Educated by Tara Westover
- The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
- Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan
- A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza ✔️
- The Girls by Emma Cline
- Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
- Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
- Kindred by Octavia Butler
Unfortunately as you can see, I’ve only read 1 book out of these 8 books. I definitely have not been borrowing that many library books lately, which I really need to remedy soon. This will be a higher priority in the coming months indeed!
What are your goals for these year and what is your progress so far? Let’s talk about goals, reading progresses, and yearly challenges in the comments down below!