***Note: For an extended and ongoing version of this post, see my 2019 Reading Challenge Headquarters.***
Welcome, Readers! Today I’m tackling my Mid-Year Check In for all of my personal 2019 Reading Challenge goals. It’s hard to believe we are already a little over halfway through 2019, but the second half of the year is usually my favorite, so I am glad! I think I’m doing well with my reading, but there are definitely some things that I am hoping to clarify in my own mind as I go through this. I am a bit anxious to see exactly where I am on everything, so enough chit chat, let’s get to the meat of this post! All stats are as of the original date this post is published: August 21, 2019.
How many books have I completed so far: 48 out of a goal of 50
Off to a good start! Given that I am also currently reading four books, this goal should easily be completed by the end of August.
Location Based Goals
How many different countries have I read books set in: 9 out of a goal of 8
I completed this challenge in July! I have read books set in the UK (3), Greece, France (2), Germany, Vietnam, Israel, Canada, Belgium, and Ethiopia.
How many books have I read set in different European countries: 5 out of a goal of 5
I also completed this goal in July. The European countries I read are the UK (3), Greece, France (2), Germany, and Belgium. This challenge is hosted by Rose City Reader.
How many books have I read set in Asian countries: 1 out of a goal of 1-10
The Year of Asian Reading Challenge is hosted by The Quiet Pond. It is a bit of a shock every time I realize that, although I consider myself fairly widely read, there are extremely few books set in Asia or by Asian authors on my shelves. Participating in this challenge is my first step towards changing that. Even if I don’t end up reading any others this year, at least I am more aware of where I stand and was intentional with reading one book to fit this challenge.
How many US states have I visited via books: 13 out of a goal of 20
I have seven more states to visit in about four and a half months. That is totally doable, I just need to remain intentional with the books I read so that I don’t have to hustle too much in December.
How many indie books have I read: 14 out of a goal of 10-19
I have achieved the Semi-Pro level in the #LetsReadIndie challenge hosted over at As Told By Tina! I have not kept up with any of the link-ups, unfortunately they just don’t fit my schedule. I am pleased to have achieved this goal in June. Maybe I’ll even make it to the next level by the end of the year?
Graphic Novels/Manga: 1 out of a goal of 2
And I have another checked out from the library at the moment.
Contemporary middle grade or children’s books: 1 out of a goal of 5
Looks like I need to step up on this one. Fortunately, books written at this level should be pretty quick to read.
Classics: 4 out of a goal of 3
I achieved this goal in July! The classics I read are Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott, Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. After reading Northanger Abbey, I also read a graphic novel adaptation of the same book, but I’m not counting that here. At least, not at the moment.
Have I read 1 Christmas book every quarter?: Yes! I have read three Christmas books so far, but two were in the same quarter, and I still need one for the July/August/September quarter.
How many nonfiction books have I read?: 5 out of a goal of 10
I should probably try to pick up my pace in this section, just so that I don’t have to rush once the busier holiday season hits. I’m pretty much on track, though.
Plays by Shakespeare: 0 out of a goal of 2
Honestly, I haven’t been motivated to take on anything by Shakespeare yet. I’ve still got time, though.
A book recommended by someone at the library: 0 out of a goal of 1
I have a growing list of recommendations, I just haven’t acted on it yet. I do have one on hold through the library though, so I have at least been thinking about it.
An experimental fiction book?: 1 out of a goal of 1
Cloud Atlas is such a wild ride. I am sure this book will stick with me for a while, but I am not sure that I understood it all. It is so complex. Read my review here for a more articulate explanation of my thoughts. I completed this challenge in July.
A poetry collection or novel in verse?: 0 out of a goal of 1
I’m still on the lookout for a promising novel in verse. They are so hard to find! If you know of one you would recommend, please tell me! I am open to all suggestions in this area.
Finish a series previously started and abandoned?: Series chosen: The Chronicles of Narnia. 1 out of 3 books read
I just started the second, and plan to finish this challenge by October.
All in all, it looks like I’m doing well! A few challenges are complete, most are coming along well, and I do not have any fears about completing the ones that I have not started yet. There are a few places where I will be a bit more intentional to work on going forward, like reading more nonfiction and books set in different states, but nothing concerning at this point. I should finish well even if I just keep working at my current rate.
How is your reading going this year? Do you know of a good novel in verse? Let me know in the comments!
Until the next chapter,