Reading Goals – Mid-Year Check In


I did a video about this a little while ago but I wanted to go into some more depth about what I’ve read so far this year, and what I want to read for the rest of the year. I wasn’t really doing anything with my channel or this blog at the beginning of 2016, as I was focusing on my work and my degree, so I didn’t actually set any goals. However, I do have my goodreads goal, and I’ve formed some ideas on what I’d like to get read by the end of the year, and I also have a big goal left over from 2015. Let’s start with that one.

My 2015 TBR

At the beginning of 2015, I made a shelf on goodreads filled with all the books I really wanted to read by the end of the year. I don’t really remember why some books made the list and some didn’t, but it was probably either because I was just really excited to read them or I’d owned them for a while so wanted to get them read. Since then I’ve managed to read around half, but there are quite a few left! I think it’s pretty unlikely that I’ll get them all finished by the end of my year, some of them I’m just not really that interested in anymore and I have other goals that’ll take priority, but it would be great to be able to tick some more off of this list! So here are all of the ones left…

Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen

Sally Heathcote: Suffragette – Mary Talbot

We – Yevgeny Zamyatin

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender – Leslye Walton

Midwinterblood – Marcus Sedgwick

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August – Claire North

Rebecca – Daphne DuMaurier

Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

The Mayor of Casterbridge – Thomas Hardy

The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman

California – Edan Lepucki

Hollow City – Ransom Riggs

Wither – Lauren Destefano

The Sparrow – Mary Doria Russell

My Goodreads Goal

Last year my goal was 50 books and I just about managed this, I think I ended up reading 51 or 52 books. I decided not to up my goal for 2016, but I have changed the way I think about it. This year I want to read 50 full-length novels, not including short stories or graphic novels (which, as far as I can tell, there isn’t a way to do this on goodreads??). So although the number isn’t higher, I do want to read more this year! So goodreads tells me that I’ve already achieved this goal, but if I go through and count I’ve actually only read 36 books – though this still puts me ahead on the goal!

New mid-year goals

Halfway through the year, I reflected back on my reading and set a few new goals that I want to achieve by the end of the year:

Read at least 5 books per month: I set this as my goal as I think it’s pretty realistic. Generally the only way I’ll read less than 5 books a month is if I’m being pretty lazy with reading, so this goal is basically saying ‘don’t get lazy!’

Finish 2 series: Specifically, I want to finish the Winner’s trilogy (at the time of making this goal I’d only read the first one, now I’ve read the sequel too) and the Forsaken trilogy (I’ve only got the last one to go). I am reading maybe one or two other series (the Miss Peregrine series is the only one that comes to mind) but I didn’t include them as I’m just not super passionate about the series.

Read 2 historical fiction books: Since making this goal I’ve read one, The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan. This goal should be super easy for me as I adore historical fiction and I’m reading more and more of it. I will probably complete this goal this month!

Read 2 non-fiction books: Again, since making this goal I’ve read a non0fiction book, In Order To Live by Yeonmi Park. This is another one that should be easy since I love non-ficiton, but I buy non-fiction books at a much faster rate than I read them! I’m partway through another non-ficiton book right now so should have this goal finished pretty soon, too.

Read 2 classics: This one is going to be the hardest. I never read a lot of classics, but I used to read a lot more than I do now and I want to change that. I’ve enjoyed every classic I’ve ever read and quite a few are my favourite books of all time! I don’t tend to pick them up any more purely out of laziness, young adult and even a lot of general fiction is just easier to read than classics. I own so many classics I’m excited to read – at the moment I’m most excited about The Mayor of Casterbridge and The Scarlett Letter – so I need to read at least two by the end of the year!

So those are all of the goals I want to achieve by the end of the year – did any of you have a check-in with your goals halfway through the year? Let me know how you’re doing with your goals!

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