We’re already half-way through 2019. Can you believe it!?

And that means, it’s time for a mid-year check in on your reading goals.

I don’t make a lot of goals at the beginning of the year. But one goal I do usually make is a reading goal. And this year, if you recall, I set my reading goal to one book. Yup, just one.

I love tracking my reading in Goodreads. And this year, I’m also tracking my reading in an amazing spreadsheet designed by the super kind Kal at Reader Voracious. Looking at this spreadsheet is giving me some interesting info.

So where am I at with my reading goal?

I’ve completed my goal…and exceeded it. 🙂 I’ve read 53 books so far in 2019. That’s 5300% of my goal of one. Basically, I’m feeling great. The fact that I completed my reading goal on January 5 and have thus been simply reading for the fun of it without any pressure to stay on track has been so nice. I’m not stressed about reading at all. And as much as I have always loved reading books, this is a new experience for me.

January and May were high reading months for me with 13 and 12 books in each. The other months of the year, I’ve been pretty consistent with around 7-9 books. That’s about two a week. Not bad.

Last year, my goal was 100 books and while I made it (barely), it was stressful. And last year was already a stressful enough year for me without the extra added burden of a self-imposed reading challenge. So this year, I’m feeling fantastic. There’s no pressure on me to read fast, or to read a lot. I feel free. Sure, I have a bunch of review copies to read, and I like to read those fairly quickly so I can get reviews up before the books are published. But I don’t feel the weight I’ve felt in the past. Not having Goodreads tell me I’m 3 books behind has been so great. Instead, it gives me amazing numbers like 5300% of my goal. How’s that for an ego boost?

What about reading goals that aren’t about the number of books?

In January, I shared a huge list of non-number-focused reading goals. I didn’t make any specific ones for myself, but I did want to a) read more of what I enjoy and b) try to read more women.

So far, in 2019

  • Nearly 40% of my reads have been romance. I’m totally okay with this. I enjoy them. They’re fun to read.
  • 19% of my reads have been new (2019) books that I’ve bought or borrowed and 62% have been backlist books (published before 2019).
  • I’ve read 5 non-fiction books this year already! I usually only read a few.
  • And I’ve read 6 graphic novels (almost all middle grade ones too).
  • Out of 53 books, only 6 were authored by men. The rest were all authored by women. It’s the year of reading women!

All in all, I’m really happy with my reading so far in 2019. I’m enjoying myself and not feeling any pressure to read a certain kind of book or to read at a certain pace. I’m intrigued to see how many books I end up having read by the end of the year. So far, I’m on track to actually read more than last year even though my goal is 99 books lower.

How are you doing with your reading goals?
Tell me in the comments.

Image: a book open on a white couch | Text: Mid-year Reading Goal Check-in, Numbered and non-numbered reading goals

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