Hi everyone! So we’re now halfway through 2021, apparently 2020 being so slow means that 2021 is going twice as fast. This year has already been ten times better than last year, and I have a lot of cool stuff coming up in the next couple of months, I’m definitely feeling a lot more optimistic than I was this time last year. Anyway, it’s that time of year where I like to check in on the goals that I made at the beginning of the year to help keep myself accountable and see where I’m at. So here we go, here’s how I’ve been doing over the past six months:
- Complete Goodreads Challenge goal
Honestly I’m super behind on this one! I’ve been in a bit of a slump most of this year, and I’ve been reading very slowly so I haven’t read anywhere near as many books as I’d have liked to by this point in the year. I’m hoping that the second half of the year will be much better for me in terms on reading and I’ll still be able to make my goal of 24. I would have loved to get more done this year, but I think I just have to accept where I am at and realise that this year is not going to be a big reading year for me.
2. Complete my #RockMyTBR Challenge
I’m also super behind on this one, I’ve only read 2 of the 12 books on my list because I kind of stalled out on one of my challenge books and it took me several months to get through it. I’m hoping I will get through more of them before the year is out, but I’m not sure I’ll finish it this year.
3. Finish current round of edits on This Is Not A Love Story
I’ve kind of lost momentum on this one, I was doing well at the start of the year, and then I got caught up in job applications and started my new job and I just haven’t had much time for edits. I’m hoping I’ll be able to pick it back up again before the end of the year.
4. Get Netgalley Ratio to 80%
HA HA HA HA. I went on a bit of a requesting spree and have kind of stalled out on a lot of the books I’ve requested, I’ve not actually finished any of my Netgalley books this year. I’m hoping I will do better in the second half of the year but honestly I’d be happy if I’d just cleared my Netgalley shelf by the end of the year.
5. Catch up on 2020 releases
I’ve read a few 2020 releases this year, I think four, though two were carry-overs from last year! I’d like to try and catch up on a few more before the year is over, especially some of the ones that I was most excited for last year like Good Girl, Bad Blood and Where Dreams Descend.
6. Read more new to me authors
Finally one I’ve been doing quite well on! I’ve read five new to me authors so far this year, and I have more planned for the rest of the year, so I’m hoping I will be able to call this a significant success by the end of the year.
7. Continue reading more by authors of colour
I can’t say I’m doing the best on this one, though admittedly I’ve not read much this year, but only two of the books I’ve read so far have been by authors of colour. I have a few more planned for the rest of the year though, so I’m hoping to get that number up much higher.
8. Read more non-fiction
I’ve read one memoir so far this year, so not very much! I’m hoping to read a few more non-fiction books lined up to read before the end of the year but given my reading slump, I’m very much going wherever the reading feeling takes me and at the moment, it’s not toward non-fiction!
9. Try to have Writing Corner posts more regularly
HA HA HA HA. This has been going terribly! I haven’t done a single Writing Corner post this year. Honestly it’s been hard to get people signed up for guest posts and I haven’t really had many ideas of things I’ve wanted to talk about myself. I may get a couple done before the end of the year, but I’m not stressing too much over this one as I tend to get more engagement on my regular discussion posts anyway, so if I’m doing long posts, I prioritise those ones.
10. Don’t buy any physical books from Amazon
Finally one I’ve been doing great on! Of all the physical books I’ve bought this year, I’ve not bought a single one from Amazon, they have all been from either Waterstones, Blackwells or Bookshop. It’s actually not been massively difficult to cut off buying physical books from Amazon, I bought a lot from Waterstones anyway and if there’s something I can’t find on there, Blackwells or Bookshop usually has it, so I really don’t need to rely on Amazon for physical books at all. It has felt pretty great not to use them for that actually, so I definitely think I’m going to continue this past this year.
So that’s how my year has been going so far, it’s been a bit of a mixed bag, but I definitely think I can improve on and complete at least some of these before the end of the year. How about you guys? Did you make any reading/writing/blogging goals for this year? How are they going so far? Let me know in the comments!
I’ll be back on Tuesday with my regular Top Ten Tuesday for you all, so keep your eyes peeled for that.