Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Top Ten Bookish Goals for 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. More information here.

  1. My main goal for 2018 is to read 52 books...again. I had a great reading year in 2017 and hit my goal of 52 books. One book a week seemed like an attainable goal and it was, so I figure I would continue that in 2018.
  2. I want to read books set in 20 different states and 3 different countries (not including the US).
  3. I need to finish at least 10 series. Need to. Why? Because I'm in too many series and I need to be finishing some.
  4. I want to read and watch some movie/tv adaptations. The two biggest ones are A Monster Calls and Wonder. But there's a few in 2018 that I am eyeing too.
  5. I'm super behind on Netgalley reviews and I'm determined to get some of those done too. Two a month for a total of 24 reviews finished.
  6. I also want to read at least one Owlcrate book a month. I have 7 from last year still to read and will obviously get a dozen more in 2018.
  7. I would like to try to not start too many books at once. One Kindle and one physical seems like plenty. I get myself into reading like 7 books but really I have started 7 and I'm only really reading one or two of them. Then I feel obligated into finishing them all before I start new ones and then feel guilty if I do start yet another new one.
  8. I want to try and use the library regularly. Overdrive is new-to-me in December and I am loving it. I also want to take the kids at least two times a month.
  9. Continue to mood read. This was by far my best decision of 2017. I used to set specific books for each month. Get irritated when I didn't stick to them. Not read books I was excited for because they weren't on my list and so on and so forth. In 2017, I just read the books I wanted to read and I think that contributed to me meeting and surpassing my goal!
  10. I want to be more active in being a supportive member of the blogging community - I want to comment more and be more involved! :)

Friday, January 12, 2018

Bout of Books 21 [Days 5-7 Progress + Finish Line]

Bout of Books

Here is my progress for the last three days of the readathon plus my final thoughts. In the first four days, I've read and finished A Month of Mondays, started The Sun Is Also a Star and Warcross, and read a total of 632 pages. I'm still wanting to average about 100 pages per day, if I can. I know Saturday and Sunday will not be very big reading days.

The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon - started at 65%, ended at 100% (~135 pages)
Warcross by Marie Lu - started at 176, ended at 353 (177 pages)
Gossip Girl: The Manga, Vol. 1 - started at 1, DNF'd at 62 (62 pages)
Wonder by RJ Palacio - started at 1, ended at 62 (62 pages)
The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord - started at 0%, ended at 2% (~8 pages)

TOTAL: 444 pages // 3 books finished and 1 book DNF'd

READING UPDATE: I'm now halfway through Warcross and about 2/3rd of the way through The Sun, so I'm really happy about that. I would like to finish at least one of those today. *fingers crossed* // I finished 2 books today and started 3 more. I DNF'd Gossip Girl because it was just not great. So my current reads are Wonder and The Names They Gave Us. Very pleased with my progress so far.
Wonder by RJ Palacio - didn't read today
The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord - started at 2%, ended at 23% (~84 pages)
This is What Goodbye Looks Like by Olivia Rivers - started at 0%, ended at 6% (~20 pages)

TOTAL: 104 pages // 3 books finished and 2 books DNF'd

READING UPDATE: I know today will probably be a low page count reading day and that's okay. Lots to do and I don't expect a lot of reading to happen.
Wonder by RJ Palacio - started at 62, ended at 70 (8 pages)
This is What Goodbye Looks Like by Olivia Rivers - didn't read today

TOTAL: 8 pages // 3 books finished and 2 books DNF'd

READING UPDATE: I ended up DNFing The Names They Gave Us after making it 23% into the book. I was going to put it down at 10% but wanted to give it a fair chance since it's been so hyped. It just wasn't for me. I started a new Netgalley book instead and I'm enjoying it so far. I know today will be another low page count reading day, but I do hope to read a little of each book :)

TOTAL: 1188 pages // 3 books finished and 2 books DNF'd

FINAL THOUGHTS: I haven't done this well in a readathon or BOB readathon in I don't know how long. I'm so excited at how many pages I have read and even more excited to see 3 books finished. My goal is basically one per week for the whole year and I'm starting off with a bang because I've finished 6 books in 2 weeks. I hope this is indicative of my 2018 reading year because that would be fantastic.