April 12, 2018 | Posted by Victoria in Bookish Lists, Discussions, Wrap Ups | 4 Comments

I know this post is a little late (LOL), but I’m here to update y’all on my reading for the first quarter of 2018. If you read my post, you’ll remember that I set quite a few reading goals for myself. Before the year started I knew it would be a difficult to reach all my goals, but I really wanted to challenge myself. As of the end of the first quarter I am a little bit behind schedule, but I don’t feel discouraged because I know I have time to catch up. For 2018 I set five goals for myself, here are my updates for each:

Goodreads Goal – 60 books

I did SO WELL on staying on track to reach my Goodreads goal this first quarter. By the end of March I read 22 books! I am so proud of how much I’ve read this year, especially since I’ve been in quite a few reading slumps these last couple of months.

Read in Spanish

Lol. I didn’t read any books in Spanish during these first three months. I bought a couple books I want to read, and I checked one out of the library, but by the end of March I hadn’t read any books in Spanish.

Read Diverse Books

Reading diverse literature is something I believe is important, and something I know I need to do more of. As of right now, ~40% of the books I’ve read feature a diverse main character or are written by an author of color. I know I can make a big improvement, but at the same time I am proud of how much I’ve read. Last year my diverse books were mostly about characters with mental illnesses, this year most of the diversity in books I’ve read is about race and culture. I know I want to increase the amount of diverse books I read, but I think this is a good start.

Try New Genres

I tend to read mostly YA. I love this category, and I have no plans to stop reading YA, but I do want to branch out and read different types of books and different genres. So far I’ve stuck mostly to YA with a few adult novels thrown into the mix. This is another goal where I know I’m behind, but I’m not worried because I have so many books on my tbr that will help me branch out.

BookRiot and Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenges

As if my other goals weren’t enough, I decided to participate in two reading challenges as a way to help me diversify my reading. The BookRiot and Popsugar Reading Challenges are two fairly well known challenges, with quite a few prompts between the two. To ease some of the pressure of so many prompts, I’m letting books count for more than one prompt, and if they’re the same for both challenges it’ll fulfill the two challenges as well.

So far for the Book Riot Reading Challenge I’ve completed 5 out of the 24 prompts. I know it’s not much so far, but I already have books planned out for some of the other challenges, so I’m not too worried about this.

For the PopSugar Reading Challenge I’ve completed 15 out of 49 prompts. Like the BR reading challenge, I have some books planned to meet these challenges as well, so I know I can catch up before the end of the year.

How is your reading for the year going so far?
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  1. I like how you have additional reading goals, apart from the number of books you want to read this year. It makes you a more well-rounded reader and I admire that! For me, my main reading goal is to read 12 books this year (one a month), and surprisingly I’m right on track. I just got out of a terrible reading slump that lasted way too long, so I’m hoping that after this year, I can make more goals like you! Good luck for the remainder of the year!

    Kathlyn | Books Unchained

    • Thanks, I usually have no problem reading a certain amount of books a year so it’s super helpful to expand my reading in other ways. Slumps are THE WORST, congrats on staying on track though!

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