Mid Year Check-in

Somehow we’re halfway through 2016, so it seemed like a good time to check in on some of my reading goals for 2016 and look forward to the next six months.


After some overly ambitious initial reading goals for 2016, I settled down on three reading goals for 2016:

  • Read 100 books. So far, I’ve read 45 books this year, which, quite frankly, is impressive. I set this goal knowing that it was completely unreasonable given that it’s more than 30 books more than I’ve ever read in a year. I’m quite pleased that I’m only 5 books behind.
  • Book Riot Read Harder Challenge. I’ve completed 13 out of 24 tasks, so I’m right on track! I’ve really been enjoying this challenge but am sort of amused by how many tasks I’ve managed to complete without ever really getting much outside my comfort zones. I’m not sure whether this is because my tastes are more diverse than I thought or because the tasks are just flexible enough to adapt to my tastes.
  • Read more diverse authors. I set the embarrassingly modest goal to have at least 20% of the books I read be by authors of color. WIth 13 of 45 books, I’m just shy of 29%. That seems good, but the fact that six of these were by a single author (Courtney Milan), I’m not terribly impressed. Given that it’s an author whose books are so firmly in my wheelhouse, I think this might again be another case of refusing to really get outside my comfort zone and manipulating the challenge to fit my tastes.

Looking Forward

I’m feeling pretty confident, so I’m thinking I’ll add in a few more reading related goals.

Goal 1: Participate in another readathon. I took part in the Bout of Books readathon earlier this year, and I really enjoyed it. The 24-in-48 readathon is coming up this month, and with what seems to be a very hot summer ahead of me, the idea of holing myself up in my air conditioned apartment with ALL THE BOOKS seems like heaven.

Goal 2: Conquer my physical TBR. These are the fiction books I own but haven’t gotten around to reading. There are some that I really want to read, some that I might want to read but know that I’ll never actually get around to, and some that seem to have made their way to my bookshelves magically because I have no idea where they came from. I’m certainly not going to get through all of these before the end of the year, but I’d like to get them down to one shelf, either through reading the book or donating it.



One comment

  1. Oh man, your TBR shelves just gave me the ole goose bump treatment because you’ve got some GREAT stuff on there that I was I was reading for the first time! Their Eyes Were Watching God is amazing, and helps with the POC goal, and Gilead is so g.d. amazing and It Can’t Happen Here will be especially depressing / relevant.

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