Hi everyone! So we’re about halfway through 2022 (HOW?), and I have so many exciting things coming up this summer so I’m definitely looking forward to the rest of the year. Anyway, at around this time every year, I like to check in on how my goals I made at the beginning of the year are going, to keep myself accountable and just see where I’m at. So here we go, this is how I’ve been doing for the past six months:
- Complete my Goodreads Challenge
I’m on track with this one, I set my goal for 24 books this year, the same as last year, and I’m exactly where I should be at this point in the year, I just finished my eleventh book, so almost halfway through the challenge. Obviously I would like to read more than 24 books but we’ll see how that goes! I’m four books ahead of where I was on my challenge this time last year though, so I’m feeling very optimistic about that.
2. Complete my #RockMyTBR Challenge
Yeah so I’ve voluntarily decided to abandon this one. Reading to a TBR just wasn’t working for me and I needed the freedom to read what I wanted, so I’m happily admitting defeat on this one at the halfway point of the year. There’s no point trying to force something if it’s not working for you!
3. Read more adult historical fiction
This is going pretty well! Of the 11 books I’ve read so far this year, 5 of them have been adult historical fiction (well, 2 were adult historical fantasy, but I’m still counting them as they both come under adult and historical!) so almost half and I’ve just started listening to another one. I’ve got more planned for the rest of the year, so I wouldn’t be surprised if by the end of the year, adult historical fiction makes up the large majority of my reading challenge books.
4. Catch up on 2021 releases
Yeah I have to admit…..this one isn’t going so well so far. Of the books I’ve read so far this year, two have been 2021 releases I wanted to catch up on. There have been a lot of new releases I’ve wanted to read this year, and they seem to have made up a good portion of my reading, plus some pre-2021 releases that I’ve been wanting to read for a while, so the catching up on my 2021 releases, particularly the ones from my physical TBR, hasn’t really got moving yet. Hopefully I will read some more before the end of the year!
5. Continue to diversify my reading
So far this year, I’ve read 3 books by authors of colour, and 2 by LGBTQ+ authors, not a terrible start but obviously I would like to continue trying to diversify my reading throughout the year and beyond.
6. Keep up with discussion posts at least once a month
I’ve definitely been doing a lot better on discussion posts this year so far than I did last year. I’ve not done one every single month, I missed out on May because I was busy with work but 5 out of six months of the year is still very good! I’m hoping to stick to the monthly posting schedule throughout the rest of the year.
7. Have a more regular review posting schedule
So this was going well…..and now I’m behind again. The last review I posted was The Diamond Eye which was three books ago, but then I’m not going to review my most recent book as it was so short (I tend not to review audiobooks less than 7 or 8 hours) so I’m really only two reviews behind? Anyway, I’m hoping I will get back on track, and not end up with a massive backlog to do at the end of the year, two reviews behind is still fairly doable to catch up with.
8. Do a book unhaul before moving in the Spring
We’ve not actually moved yet, the whole moving thing has taken much longer than anticipated but we have the finalised moving date now for next week, and my books are all packed up and ready to go. I’ve managed to unhaul 36 books from my shelves which is a fairly small number out of the total number of books I have, but I was never expecting to slim down my shelves that much! They’re all ready to go, I just need to take them to a charity shop before we move next week.
9. Get back to working on my novel
Yeah….this one has gone precisely nowhere, I’ve been fairly busy with the vaccine centre since the beginning of the year and all my free time has gone into doing job applications and posts for this blog. I’m between jobs at the moment, so I’m hoping I will have some more time to devote to my novel now, but we’ll see how things go with the ridiculous number of job applications!
10. Finish the books I “paused” last year (or DNF them if I decide they aren’t for me)
I’ve finished This Poison Heart which was one of the books that I added to my “on-pause” shelf on Goodreads last year, but then I’ve also added three more books that I started reading this year and just wasn’t in the mood for. I swear this shelf is like the hydra, take one book off and three more grow in its place! Hopefully I will have made more progress on this by the end of the year and actually knocked some more books off this shelf, either by reading them or permanently DNFing.
So that’s how my year has been going so far, it’s definitely been quite the mixed bag, with one goal I’m already committed to not finishing and a couple that I’ve not made all that much progress on, but I’m pleased that a few of my goals, like my shelf unhaul, reading more adult historical fiction and keeping a more regular schedule with discussion posts and reviews have been going fairly well and there are definitely plenty of goals on here that I think I can make more forward momentum with before the end of the year. All is not lost, and we still have six months to go before the end of 2022!
How about you guys? Did you make any reading/blogging/writing 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 post, so keep your eyes out for that.