SO. We’ve reached the halfway point guys. 2017 is whizzing right past faster than we can blink. Where does that leave us?
Well, I don’t know about you, it’s left me stranded in a random month wondering where the other months went. It’s rather bewildering.
But at the start of the year, I set myself some reading resolutions. And while it seemed to be going well at the start, they might have just…fizzled out a bit. As resolutions tend to do. Maybe.
Shall we find out?
Read 50 books
Well…I think it safe to say this resolution is going well so far 😆
Something would have to go drastically wrong for me not to complete this challenge by the end of the year. I’ll be surprised if I don’t finish it by the end of July, honestly. I’m throwing myself into reading more than ever recently, it seems – mainly to try and stifle my anxiety when it comes to the upcoming results day, but still. Yay for the summer!
Read more nonfiction
After reading The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank last year, it suddenly made me realise that nonfiction isn’t all boring, as I’d previously thought. With my interest in history, nonfiction books could potentially be a huge interest for me, as so I figured I’d try more this year.
That being said, so far this year I’ve 8 nonfiction books, which is a definite increase from the one book I previously read in my entire life.
Read more diversely
Pretty self explanatory. I’m making more of an effort to read diverse books, both in content and authors.
Counting from my challenge, 14 of the books I’ve read are “obviously” diverse. What I mean by that is there are probably more, but some I don’t know whether to count or not. Like the nonfictions – most are about Jews during the war. Do they count? They’re diverse to me, often being set in Germany and focusing on a religion, but they’re never on those “diverse” lists. I even have some set in ancient Rome and Greece…do they count? And I very rarely actually research into the authors of books, so there could be more diversity there. BUT, I could definitely do better. That I’ll admit.
Not a fail, but could do better
Keep regularly making videos on my booktube channel
This one I’ve DEFINITELY done – I’ve not missed a single week since starting my channel in October! I absolutely adore making my videos, and it’s so wonderful to see you guys enjoy them too!
If you haven’t already checked out my channel and want to – click here!
Stay up to date with my blog
Again, another one that I’ve definitely done, as I’ve not missed a post yet this year. I at least have one review and one random post each week – though most times I have two reviews each week to try and keep up with my reading pace. So far, so good!
Re-read The Book Thief
I’ve been meaning to do this for so long now. It’s a favourite of mine but I barely remember anything. And since I’ve been dabbling into rereads more often, I figured this year would be perfect.
But…I’ve still yet to do it. Whoops. Maybe this summer?
Read more broadly
With this one, I wanted to expand the genres I read. In previous years, I’ve always read YA fantasy, and sure – I’d read other books outside that genre, but not many. However this year, I wanted to change that quite a lot. Fantasy is still a favourite, but I’ve been pulling away from YA a bit to read NA and Adult books too. I’ve also read more historical fiction, classics, nonfiction, and contemporary (though not many contemp, mind. Still not the hugest fan.)
27/42 books read so far haven’t been fantasy. Pretty good going, if I say so myself.
Granted, I’ve not gotten into poetry yet, which I mentioned wanting to do. But shhhh, we’ll ignore that bit for now
Make more monthly TBRs
I used to never be able to keep to TBRs, but after creating one on youtube, – and it actually working – I decided to make more throughout the year. I’m pretty lenient with them. I don’t stick to them if I just don’t want to read the books I put on the list. There’s no use in forcing yourself to read books, after all. But since then, I’ve made a TBR for every single month!
Write more in my reading log
Basically, I have a reading journal where I just write down all the books I read, the ratings, and a few notes explaining my thoughts. In 2016 I would only write about two lines worth of notes, so I wanted to write more just so that I had something more to look back on in the future. I think my average is to write about 4-6 lines now, which is pretty good going!
Spread more positivity in the bookish community
This one I suppose is subjective. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve done everything I could do. But I’ve added a feature to my monthly favourites where I talk about my favourite bloggers/bookstagrammers/booktubers/people in general, I’ve tried to be more interactive and encouraging of my fellow readers on social media. But I do sort of fall out of interactivity every so often, and it takes me awhile to get chatting to people again. So this one is still a work in progress.
Not a fail, but could do better.
So that’s my update on my reading resolutions so far!
Did you set yourself any reading resolutions this year? How are you doing with them?
If you didn’t, do you have any challenges in progress? A goodreads challenge?
Let me know in the comments!
Until next time…
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