It’s that time of the year again when I try to have some kind of order in my reading life. This is when I check on the goals that I have for myself and also if I’m currently on track for my yearly challenges. I also joined four yearly-challenges along with my Goodreads goals. So I’ll break it down per challenge/goal. Finally, I’ll include the best, worst, disappointment, surprising read in the first half of 2020.
For this year, I had my Goodreads goal at 80, however, I was reading a ton of books the first few months of 2020 so I decided to up it up to 90 books. So far I’ve read 87 books, I might have to increase it to 110 or 120. Either way, I’ve already exceeded the books I wanted to read for this year. Everything else is a bonus!
Along with these Goodreads goal, I also had some personal goals that I wanted to achieve before the end of 2020. This one is a bit of a challenge because I don’t think I’m doing that well with it. Anyways, here they are:
- Start/Finish 1 full series Done! I finished the whole Miss Marple Series
- Finish 80 Books from my Goodreads Challenge So far so good. I’m almost to 90
- Finish 5 adult novels (not cozy) Doing fairly well to my surprise 4/5 Done
- Finish/be up-to-date in 6 series Close but no dice. 3/6 Done
- Read five specific books I really need to get these book read before 2020 is over
- A Court of Mist and Fury
Before the Devil Breaks you The Shadow Hour
- Three Dark Crowns
- Finish books from my Five-Star Prediction list My 5-Star Prediction List can be found here. I’m doing really rough on this challenge. 1/5 Done
Moving on to the four challenges:
I am super proud to announce that I have been up to date on my TBR Challenge. I’m 6/12 for this challenge.
For the 2020 Craving Cozies Challenge, I’ve also actually surpassed this my goal of “Famished” which is to read 26-51 cozies. I’ve read 71 cozies so far, therefore, I’m going to change my level of difficulty to “Ravenous” which is to read 101-125 cozies. Those are actually a lot of cozies, but I want to challenge myself.
I really need to finish some series this year, therefore, I thought that the 2020 Finishing the Series Challenge was just up my alley. I decided to choose the B-list difficulty, which is to finish 5-8 series. However, I’m doing really bad in this challenge and I’ve only finished 2/5-8 series. Ugh, that does not look good!
Finally, the last challenge for this year is the Middle-Grade Reading Challenge. I’ve neglected to read any middle-grade books lately and I wanted to remedy that for this year. Unfortunately, I was so caught up with reading all the cozies I can get, that I totally forgot about this challenge until recently. So far I’ve read 3/12 books.
So as you can see I’m doing fairly well in some aspect of my challenges/goals, but failing in others. For the last half of the year, I want to balance things out and try to focus on all of the challenges I have at hand. I’m hoping to be able to crack down on some of them to be triumphant before 2020 ends.
The Best Read for me to date has got to be given to The King of Crows by Libba Bray. I haven’t written a review for the series yet, but it was epic. I just finished reading this in June so I wasn’t able to fully enjoy the reading experience. I definitely enjoyed the read. The Worst Read so far for me will have to be Murder Ink by Lorraine Bartlett. This series just went downhill for me and it was time I cut the series out of my line. I wasn’t a fan of where the storyline was heading and to honest, the book didn’t really focus much on the mystery, but rather on the love life of the protagonists, which I disliked. The Disappointing Read will have to be Murder in the Reading Room by Ellery Adams. I don’t even know where to start with this one. I had such high hopes for it because it was an interesting storyline, but I just couldn’t handle the protagonists any longer. So, I had to put this in my “away” pile. Finally, the Most Surprising Read for me will have to be Soulless by Gail Carriger. I’m not much into vampires and werewolves reader, but amazingly enough, I actually enjoyed this a lot. I tried picking this book up a while back but never got a chance to read it. That being said, I’m glad that I did.
There you have it. That’s my Mid-year check-in for 2020. I’m fairly ok with what I have so far, I just need to be a bit more aggressive in picking up other books and sticking to my TBR. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to get to all the books I want to read.