2018 Reading Goals: Update

Hi, readers!

Now that March is almost over, I thought today would be a great time to check in on my reading goals for this year. I like the notion of re-evaluating goals periodically throughout the year, as opposed to a set it and forget it mindset. As I was writing today’s blog post, I realized that this review is coming at the perfect time. While some goals are moving swimmingly along, others have definitely fallen by the wayside. I’m using my yearly goals to guide my reading choices for the next several months, and then I’ll post another check in here on the blog.

And now, let’s take a look at my goal progress!

Read at least 50% women authors.

As of the time I wrote this blog post, I have read 28 books so far this year. Of these 28, all 28 were written by women. So I’d say this goal is going pretty well thus far! I tend to read books by women anyway, based on the kinds of stories I prefer to read. So I’m honestly not surprised that this goal currently has such a high success rate. We’ll see if I pick up any books by men this year!

Read at least 50% authors of color.

Of the 28 books I’ve read so far this year, 7 were written by authors of color, or 25%. While this is by no means bad, it really reinforces for me the need to choose more books by non-white authors. What I love about tracking my reading progress is that it provides me with hard numbers. Looking at the numbers for this goal, I can clearly see that even if it feels like I’m reading a lot of books by authors of color, I’m not doing so as often as I think. I’m excited to pick up the pace for this goal!

Read four large classic novels. #TomeTopple

You can read about my #TomeTopple selections for the year in this post. I am very slowly making my way through The Odyssey, translated by Emily Wilson. I’m really enjoying it, but it’s not a book I’m sitting and reading for a few hours at a time. Also, because of the hefty weight, I’m not throwing in my bag and reading out of the house. I should be finishing this book over the next few weeks!

Complete the Reading Women Challenge.

Of the 26 prompts for this challenge, I have completed 5 of them, or about 19%. In order to complete this challenge this year, I need to pick up my pace. I’ve really enjoyed the books I’ve read for this challenge and am looking forward to picking more up in the months to come.

Complete the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge.

Of the 24 prompts for this challenge, I have completed 1 of them, or less than 1%. Clearly, I need to pay more attention to these prompts if I want to complete this challenge this year! I’m really glad I checked in on this particular goal. I always enjoy Book Riot’s reading challenges, and I want to at least get relatively close to completing the challenge this year.

That’s it for today! How are your reading goals going so far?

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