At the beginning of the year, I set a series of bookish goals for myself. I like to think I’ve been completing them but, like a lot of New Years’ Resolutions, it’s easy to write them and completely forget about them! Or rather, I’m aware of them, but they’re not at the forefront of my mind. I thought it would be interesting to see how close I am to achieving my reading goals at the end of June. I did have to refresh myself about what my goals were on my 2020 Reading Goals post, but I don’t think I’m doing too bad!
Read 100 Books
I have not completed this goal yet, but I still have 6 months to go and I definitely think it’s achievable! I have read 70 books between the beginning of January and the end of June and did not expect to already be quite so close to 100 books. I might even surpass 100 at this rate, which would be amazing! I’m enjoying seeing people’s book stats at the moment so I thought I’d break down the books I’ve read so far this year.
2020 in books so far:
It’s really interesting to look at these stats and see exactly how many books I’ve read in each of the main formats. There is some overlap with this breakdown. For example, I have read 8 novellas, but all of these have been in audiobook format. Similarly, I have ARCs as a category, but these include both physical and ebook copies. I’ve also had a couple of rereads, so my 6 star reads for this year include Red, White and Royal Blue and The False Prince, which I already knew I loved.
I’m interested to see what this graphic looks like in December!
Cut my Physical TBR in Half
Well done past Megan for not writing down the exact number of books on my TBR at the beginning of January so that present Megan can’t work out the actual numbers *insert eyeroll*! If I’m being completely honest though, I don’t think I’m going to achieve this goal! At this rate, I’m just hoping to read as many of the books on my shelves as possible, and then I’ll do a count at the beginning of next year. I do think I’ve made a bit of dent in my TBR and I have been buying slightly less so we’ll see.
Be More Selective About Accepting Review Copies
This was very important in helping me keep down my physical TBR, and I do think I have done quite well with this goal. I don’t really like turning anyone down when they come to me with a review request, but I have done a lot better at politely declining books I’m not interested in or don’t have time for. I have also tried to request less Netgalley books (though my feedback rating is still not great!) and I’ve been more selective with the blog tours I’ve signed up for.
Read a Graphic Novel
I achieved this on the 9th January by reading The Handmaid’s Tale: Graphic Novel, and have since read three more! I also received two for my birthday and I hope to read them soon!
Read More Middle Grade
I’ve read 7 Middle Grade novels so far this year, and I’ve really enjoyed all of them. I really love the genre; it has an uncanny ability to combine fun and adventure with more serious social and political themes, and even conversations about mental health and self-image. I am hoping to read even more Middle Grade over the next few months – there’s a couple of anticipated releases in particular that I hope to buy in August/October.
And that’s it! Those were all the bookish goals I set for myself at the beginning of January. There aren’t that many, but I didn’t want reading to become something that had too many deadlines and goals associated with it!
How has your reading gone so far this year? Did you set any bookish goals? Are you on your way to achieving them?