I almost started this post with “I can’t believe it’s already June, and halfway through at that!” But more than that, I can’t believe that I am becoming one of those people who “can’t believe!” that it is whatever time of year it is! That said, this half way check-in did sort of sneak up on me. Here’s how things stand:
2020 Reading Goals
Goodreads Goal: 60 books
My overall goal is set at 60 books, with 45 due by June. As of the writing of this post (June 10), I have read exactly 45 books! On June 1st I only had 44, but I didn’t specify by which part of June I wanted to have 45 read.
A book set on every continent, with 6 read by August by reading 1 from a different continent every other month
- Alas, this is not one that I am doing well on. I have only read books set on North America and Europe so far (plus a few fantasy locations), so 2 out of 7 continents
10+ books set in different foreign countries
- So far I have read books from 6 foreign countries: Russia, England (3 times), Holland, Canada, Israel, and Iceland. A good start!
15+ books set in different states, prioritizing states I did not read from in 2019
- I have 11 states so far, so this will be easy to complete! So far I have read from Washington, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Rhode Island, Virginia, Oregon, Massachusetts, California, and Connecticut, and I am currently reading one set in Kentucky.
12 nonfiction books: 3 on topics I used to care about but don’t think about much anymore read by July, and 1 about budgeting or personal finance, before August.
- I’ve read 7 nonfiction books total, but none of them fit with my other specifications. We’ll see if I bounce back on this in the second half of the year, but I’m not going to push for it.
12 Christmas books: These should be split up so that I read and write (but do not post) a review for 8 of them before August
- I’ve only read 2, and one I went ahead and reviewed at the author’s request in January. I think with a little effort I can catch back up on this goal without too much difficulty, but it will depend on how much time I have in the next few months!
Favorite book each month so far:
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Unfollow by Megan Phelps-Roper
Books I am most looking forward to reading in the next six months:
- Never Say Goodbye by Sarah Grace Grzy (contemporary Christian fiction/clean romance)
- Learning to See by Elise Hooper (historical fiction about Dorothea Lange)
- House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski (experimental fiction)
Progress on 2020 Read or Donate Shelf:
One thing that quarantine was really good for is encouraging me to read the books from this shelf! There are 3 books left of the 9 that I started with. The remaining books are The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead, and Partners in Prayer by John C. Maxwell.
If you made any goals this year (not just reading goals), how are they coming? I’ve definitely got some work to do to accomplish what I set out, but I remain energized and excited about what I hope to read!
Until the next chapter,