At the beginning of the year, I published my top ten reading resolutions (it was a TTT post), and since we’re halfway through the year, I thought it’d be fun to look back and see how I’ve been doing. So here we go:
- Read More Nonfiction. Out of a total of 93 books finished so far this year, 17 have been nonfiction. Which is almost twenty percent. I’m actually really happy (and a bit surprised) with that number! I’ve made this one easier on myself by committing to one nonfiction book a month, so when I set my reading lists each month, it’s easy to think about. So far, I have stuck to that goal. I’d call this one a success!
- Discover New Authors. So far, I have read 64 books this year by authors I haven’t read before. There’s a good mix of new and old, debut and classics, so I’m definitely on track with this goal. Out of those 64 new-to-me authors, I’d say there are about thirty I really loved and would read again. Definite success! Hopefully I can keep discovering new authors.
- Return to Authors I Haven’t Read in a While. And by a while, I’m taking more than a year or two. So far, I’ve revisited four authors: Anne Brontë, Charlotte Brontë, Ray Bradbury, and Jonathan Safran Foer. And two of those were rereads (Fahrenheit 451 and Jane Eyre). Honestly, I’m not too stressed out about this one, because I’ve been discovering so many great authors. That said, I still have time to read a few more this year.
- Take My Time With a Few Great Classics. So far this year, I have read War and Peace, Jane Eyre, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, all 500+ page classics. I’m also currently working my way through Moby Dick. So I’m going to call this one a success, too, because (not going to lie) I wasn’t expecting to even make it through W&P.
- Read What I Want to When I Want To. This one’s hard to judge, but I think I’m doing okay. I have gotten caught up in reviews and challenges, but I’ve also read a ton of books that didn’t go toward any challenge (other than Goodreads). So I’m going to say I’m doing well with this one.
- Only Buy Books I Really Want. I’m going to go ahead and call this one an EPIC FAIL. Seriously, even if I didn’t buy any books for the rest of the year, this would be a fail. I’m drowning in books (literally – I’m writing this on a reorganization break, and there is a foot-high layer of books on my bed, and stacks all over my floor). I need someone to block Book Outlet on my computer.
- Visit the Library. I actually did this! And it smelled like moldy books and body odor, so I ended up walking right back out (the public library in my town is embarrassing). But I did it! And I’ve actually borrowed a few ebooks, so this one is a success. And given my fail on #6, I need to use the digital library more often…
- Read More Historical Fiction. So far, I’ve read twelve books that fit into this category (I’m not counting classics). Not bad, but I definitely want to read more. Especially since I’ve loved most of the ones I’ve read so far. I think I’m going to try to read more time periods I don’t read often. Like the 1960s or ancient Egypt.
- Be Less Impatient with Books. By this, I mean that I tend to get antsy if I don’t finish a book quickly. If I’m not done with that contemporary YA in three or four days, I’m ready to move on, even if I’m enjoying it. I still struggle with this, but I haven’t been as anxious about it. It’s something I need to continue to work on.
- Be Better at Keeping Up with Book News. I think I’ve been doing well with this one. I’ve actually been writing book release dates in my planner, which is very helpful. And I think most of the new releases I’m excited about, I did hear about ahead of time. So success? Maybe.
And that’s it for my reading resolutions! I think I’ve been doing well overall, and writing this post was a nice reminder of what I wanted to accomplish this year.
Did you make any reading resolutions this year?