Well it’s half-way through the year, which means that it’s time to review my New Year’s bookish resolutions, and do a little review of where I’m at so far.
Here’s the breakdown:
- I’ve read 78 books this year, including:
- 18 graphic novels
- 1 audiobook
- 7 non-fiction books (including memoirs)
- 52 fiction books (including literary fiction, historical fiction, YA, and fantasy)
My original Goodreads goal was to read 75 books, which I changed to 100 a couple of months ago when it became apparent that I would go beyond that. I’m considering changing it again. Because clearly, I’ll reach that.
- My ratings so far are:
- 5-star: 12
- 4-star: 33
- 3-star: 21
- 2-star: 8
- 4 books I didn’t rate for various reasons (and the word “star” is starting to look weird…)
I didn’t realize I had so many 4-star books, but technically my average is 3.66, which I’m ok with. I’ll do a separate post soon on my favorites so far.
Here are my resolutions:
- Stick to my TBR list. This one is a little bit iffy. If I buy a book, put it on my TBR, and then read it, does that count? That wasn’t the intent behind this resolution, so I need to get on it…
Start trading in or giving away books that I will never read or will never read again. I’ve done this a few times now, so yay!
- Wait a month before buying a book that I am interested in reading. LOL no, I’m not good at this.
- Stop buying an entire series before I know whether I like it or not. Um, basically. I bought A Natural History of Dragons without buying the rest of the series, but I also bought the first three books in the Falling Kingdoms series and haven’t read the first one, so… I blame Book Outlet.
Get my TBR under 200 books.I crossed this one out because I give up. I GIVE UP. Don’t look at my TBR on Goodreads, I’m ashamed.
- Read more classics. I reread Mrs. Dalloway this year, but that wasn’t the point of this resolution. Try again, Leslie.
Read more graphic novels.TBH, I think this one I have by and large accomplished already, so I’m going to take it off the list.
- Put myself on a book-buying budget. See previous post: we’ll see how long it lasts.
- Write more about what I read. 😦
- Finish reading Harry Potter. Not yet. I still have time.
- Use the library more for fiction. This one backfired on me when I checked out more books than I could finish, didn’t feel like reading the ones I had checked out, and then couldn’t renew them because they already had holds on them. I need to get better at the library.
Overall I feel good about what I’ve done so far; I’ve read outside of my old comfort (i.e. literary fiction and classics) zone, I’ve read some series and some books I’ve loved, read some books I wish I hadn’t bought, and been able to get a lot of reading done while also having the most stressful semester of my life.
I think if it weren’t for reading, this last year would have been a lot more difficult. Getting to the literal end of your intellectual capacity on the regular is incredibly exhausting, wondering if you would ever be able to graduate is stressful, and wondering if you’ll get a job that will start to pay off student loans is terrifying, but all of those things have turned out well so far.
So, Dear Books, basically I love you because you gave my brain somewhere else to go when I really couldn’t be in my classes/thesis/teaching anymore.