Disclaimer : I received free copies of The Masterpiece (Dutton Books), Dear Mrs. Bird (Scribner), and The Myth of Perpetual Summer (Gallery Books) in exchange for an honest review which I hope to provide by the end of the month.
I might be *summer* crazy. I’m overdue for a vacation from the day to day life of adulting. Right now that doesn’t seem feasible so my escape—yes you guessed it! I’m going to settle in with this stack of books, multiple mugs of tea, and my Kindle Oasis for some extensive travel time and some (planned) serious reading. As I’ve been reminded, the year is halfway over and this is a good time to assess my progress on my reading goals, which I’ll share in this post. I will also tell you about a reading challenge I’d like to try, explaining my plans for reading the books pictured.
2018 Reading Goals – Update
Note: I’ve read 40 books as of this post, the percentages below are based on the number of books read to date
Read one classic book a month
- Status: I’m SLAYING this goal. After reading Middlemarch, I wanted to abandoned all non classic books and read exclusively from my classics shelf.
- Total to date: 14 (of 40 books read) or 35%
Read one Non-fiction book a month
- Status: needs improvement. I picked up Extraordinary, Ordinary People by Condoleezza Rice last month. I’m glad I read it especially since it’s been on my shelf for years. So a pat on the back for that at least.
- Total to date: 4 or 10%
Shop Your Shelf
- Status: something some book buddies and I started last year as a way to read books we already own and buy less.
- Total to date : 27 or 67% — I will NOT say when books were acquired & added to my shelf
Pulitzer Prize Reads (or other book award winners)
- Status: not bad but hope to read a few more before the year ends
- Total to date: 3 or 0.07%
Read poetry & short stories
- Status : needs improvement. I’ve started a few short story books but haven’t finished them
- Total to date: 0
- Status: Doing well, halfway there!
- Total to date : 9 (of 18 categories on the list) or 50%
A reading challenge – 15 books in 31 days (aka #15in31)
Some of the bloggers I know are people I met on Instagram (bookstagram to be clear) and many have inspired and introduced me to authors/ books I’d never heard of or would have picked up on my own. One voracious reader named Resh, (@The Book Satchel) discussed her reading challenge to read 30 books in 30 days. After following her progress, it really got me thinking, 30 books in 30 days? No can do for me unless I could check out for a couple weeks on vacation. But maybe a variation of some sort, so I thought 15 books in 31 days.So here’s the plan/breakdown:
- A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar (non-fiction)
- Excellent Women by Barbara Pym (classics)
- Villette by Charlotte Brontë (classics)
- The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis (Dutton Books)
- Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce (Scribner)
- The Myth of Perpetual Summer by Susan Crandall (Gallery Books)
Books for specific reading goals
- Quiet by Susan Cain – non-fiction for introverts
- Fences by August Wilson – a popular play (short story goal I’m coming for you)!
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (classics because I can’t get enough)
- Deafening – historical fiction from my shelf
- Read at least 5 books for a total of 15 books.
Yes, I’m going to try my BEST. I might be setting myself up for who knows what but I’m excited about this month of reading. I chose the books with my reading goals in mind.Do you see any books you’ve read or plan to read? How are you doing with your reading goals this year?Please share your thoughts and feedback in the comments.