mid-year reading goals check

tempImageForSaveCan you believe we’re already half-way through 2018? Or, to put it another way, only 171 days until Christmas! Thankfully, despite having just a few things going on this year, I’ve managed to find time here and there to turn some pages which has resulted in my being ahead overall in my reading goals this year. However, I am a bit behind on the Read Harder Challenge as I’ve been choosing books outside of the requirements — which seems to be the case year after year.

Six months is plenty of time to get back on track though and I’m looking forward to working my way through the books I’ve chosen for the challenge. Below is my progress, as well as the complete list of my reading goals for the year. Would love to hear in the comments how your 2018 reading goals are progressing. Happy reading!

I will read:

  • all book club books (~10) — 5/6
    • Lilac Girls, Station Eleven, Artemis, the rules do not apply, Americanah (technically read in 2017 but discussed in January meeting)
  • at least 30 books — 23 so far, ahead of schedule
  • a page each day of Foodimentary — dropped this goal as we grew tired of the cheesiness and errors in the book

I will complete the Read Harder Challenge:

  1. A book published posthumously — The Opposite of Loneliness
  2. A book of true crime
  3. A classic of genre fiction (i.e. mystery, sci fi/fantasy, romance) — Handmaid’s Tale
  4. A comic written and drawn by the same person — Check, Please!
  5. A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa)
  6. A book about nature
  7. A western
  8. A comic written or drawn by a person of color
  9. A book of colonial or postcolonial literature
  10. A romance novel by or about a person of color
  11. A children’s classic published before 1980 — The Little Prince
  12. A celebrity memoir
  13. An Oprah Book Club selection
  14. A book of social scienceMindset: The New Psychology of Success
  15. A one-sitting book — Soulful Simplicity
  16. The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle-grade series
  17. A sci-fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author — Station Eleven
  18. A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image
  19. A book of genre fiction in translation
  20. A book with a cover you hate
  21. A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author
  22. An essay anthology — tiny beautiful things: advice on love and life from Dear Sugar (in progress)
  23. A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60
  24. An assigned book you hated (or never finished

Books read outside of challenge + book club:

  • Bella Grace – Issue 14 + 15 (technically a magazine, but each issue is 130+ pages, so counting it)
  • Simple Matters
  • Always Too Much and Never Enough
  • Green Weddings
  • the princess saves herself in this one
  • Believe Me
  • Together is Better
  • goodbye, things
  • Zero Waste Home
  • Food Rules (re-read)

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