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Mid Year Reading Goals Check In 2019

How is it halfway through the year? No seriously, like, how did this happen? Wasn’t it February like yesterday? How is summer halfway over? What is time? Why is it a construct I must base my life on? These and more are the questions that keep me up at night. I could keep going with other things that keep me up at night, but that it not what this post is about. Today, we are gathered here (suddenly you are attending a wedding or some other official service, though please don’t ask me what type or why) to discuss my 2019 reading goals and how I am progressing with them at this point in time. Let us hope I am doing okay, because I honestly haven’t thought about them since my quarterly check in post.

I should really do better at the whole, keeping track of my reading challenges and goals thing but that doesn’t sound like me to me. And also, if I did keep track of things I wouldn’t have a reason to write these posts that I honestly do find fun to write so I will probably just keep ignoring them until another forth of the year goes by.

Earlier this year I made a list of reading challenges and goals for myself, now I will see where I stand halfway through the year.

I. Goodreads Reading Challenge 


37 books ahead of schedule? That is so wild I cannot begin to wrap my head around it. Maybe I am doing something right after all. I want to say that since I am this far ahead I may be able to have this completed by my next check in post but also I don’t want to jinx myself. Anyways, 111 books halfway through the year? I always feel like I am getting no reading done but I guess I have been at least everyone in a while. Also, since I have never actually linked my goodreads in a post, you can add me here if you want.

II. A-Z Challenge

I haven’t made as much progress on this as I would have liked, I only added one more letter in three months. However, I guess it is only halfway through the year and I only have four more letters out of the 26 to complete so I guess I should be happy. However, I know there is no way I will be able to get those other four letters done unless I actually start paying attention to this so maybe I should stop doing that whole not caring about reading challenges thing.

A: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

B: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Steifvater

C: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

D: Dear Earthling: Cosmic Correspondent by Pen Avery

E: Emily Windsnap and the Monster from the Deep by Liz Kessler

F: Four by Veronica Roth

G: (A) Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

H: Helen by Euripides

I: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

J: Just For Clicks by Kara McDowell

K: King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

L: Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer 

M: Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

N: Neighbors by Jan Gross

O: Ordinary Men by Christopher R. Browning

P: (The) Power of Six by Pittacus Lore

R: (The) Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater

S: Sincerely, Harriet by Sarah Winifred Searle

T: Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer

W: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

X: A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

Y: You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman

III. Beat The Backlist Reading Challenge

I haven’t been good at logging my books for this challenge, but I think I have decided that at this point I only want to complete this dang bingo card so that is what I am going to talk about today.


Animal on the cover: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Banned book: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling 

Based on folklore/myth: Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

Book to movie/show: New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

Favorite romance trope: Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer

Major cliffhanger: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

A debut author: With or Without You by Brian Farrey

Over 400 pages: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Book mentioned in another book: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Re-read: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Steifvater

Multiple points of view: More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer 

Written in the decade you were born: Emily Windsnap and the Siren’s Secret by Liz Kessler

Less than 500 goodreads ratings: Emily Windsnap and the Falls of the Forgotten Island

Book by an international author: The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler

Part of a series with 4+ books: Emily Windsnap and the Monster in the Deep

Novella: Elemental by Brigid Kemmerer

A genre you don’t normally read: Ordinary Men by Christopher R. Browning

Book about a war: Death Dealer by Rudolf Hoss

New-to-you author: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Cover with your favorite color: The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore

Set in a different country: Emily Windsnap and the Castle in the Mist by Liz Kessler

Book that made you laugh: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Translated from another language: The Iliad by Homer

#ownvoices: George by Alex Gino 

Based on a historical event: Little House In The Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Book with magic: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Under 200 pages: Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi

Adventure or journey story: Emily Windsnap and the Land of the Midnight Sun by Liz Kessler

One word title: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

A book someone you know loves: A Conjuring of Light by VE Schwab

Borrowed or gifted: Spinning by Tillie Walden 

New York Times bestseller: Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

Alternate history or future: On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden 

Characters are twins: Secret by Brigid Kemmerer

Standalone: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Co-authors: Autoboyography by Christina Lauren 

Prequel: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Murder mystery: Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer

Part of a trilogy: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Share a name with the author or character: The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

On your TBR for 2+ years: The Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore

Classic you’ve never read: Symposium by Plato

Finish a series: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Cover love: The Raven King by Maggie Steifvater

No people on the cover: Four by Veronica Roth

Popular author’s first book: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Set in a school: Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer 

Discovered on social: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Less than 1,000 goodreads ratings: Dear Earthling: Cosmic Correspondant by Pen Avery

A book involving music: How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

Graphic novel: In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang

Part of a duology: Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

2018 release: A Very Large Expanse of Sea

Cover art redesign: Storm by Brigid Kemmerer

Everyone’s read it but you: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Next in a series you started: Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore

Title is a name: Helen by Euripides

Regret not reading sooner: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Okay, I have 19 of these bingo spaces left and I am determined to fill them up soon. Anyways, I also set some fun goals for this year so I will see how I am doing with them.

I. Try and physically read more books. 

I don’t want to be over dramatic or anything, but I am beyond impressed with how well I am doing with this. I am still about 50/50 with physical and audio almost every month, but I have been physically reading so much more this year and I am really proud of myself.

II. Blog consistently!

I said in my last post that I has been posting consistently but wanted to blog hop more and now I am blog hopping more but I attempted to take a mini hiatus last week following my grandmother’s passing but I feel like that doesn’t count? Anyways I want to say I’m doing this but also it seems uncertain.

III. Read more contemporaries! 

I feel like I read a ton of contemporaries last month so I am going to count this as a yes as well.

IV. Start actually writing reviews

Last month I reviewed or mini reviewed all but two of the books I read so I am going to say yes to this one as well.

V. Start taking notes as I read

This is a big no all around, I honestly don’t know what I was thinking when I put this one on here.


Okay, those are all of my reading goals and challenges for the year and where I stand with them halfway through! All in all I am pretty proud of myself, though I do think I need to start actually paying attention to them now. How about you guys, did you set reading challenges for this year? How are you doing with them if you did? Let’s chat in the comments!

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