Back in January, I made a list of goals for myself that I wanted to achieve this year—goals related to reading, blogging, and my Bookstagram. Now that I’m home from college for the summer, I’ve had more time on my hands to read, and I recently finished my 50th book of the year!
It feels really shocking to me to say that, because the only time in recent years that I’ve read 50 books in one year was in 2020, and I’d only reached that number at the end of the year. So when I realized that I’ve read the same amount of books in three-quarters of the time…my expression was basically *shocked Pikachu face*.
I truly believe that the amount of books one reads is not indicative of whether they are a “reader” or not, and I want to make that clear. Nor is the amount of time one spends reading, or the number of pages. None of that matters!
However, the reason I find the number of books I’ve read so far this year personally meaningful is because I feel it is reflective of how I’ve intentionally prioritized reading more in my life. Reading more has made me happier, and thus it’s a positive change that I’m proud of myself for making! To me, the number “50” itself is arbitrary; what’s significant is that I consciously feel myself choosing to read in my spare time over, for example, looking at my phone.
Anyway, since I’ve reached this little milestone I’ve set up for myself, I thought it would be a good idea to reflect on my reading goals from the beginning of the year to set some intentions for the remaining four months of the year!
1. Read 30 books
Check! However, I’ve realized that most of my reading has been done during school breaks. I hope that I can carve out more time to read regularly even when I return to school. I’m definitely a binge-reader, which can be not-so-great when I have other priorities, so I want to figure out how to balance reading and school.
2. Read more books by BIPOC, POC, and underrepresented authors
Yes and no. I had a streak going from January-June where all of the books I read by choice (aka not for class) were by authors of color. However, most of the books I’ve been reading by authors of color have been by Asian and Asian diaspora writers, and heavily Asian American and East Asian. I definitely want to expand on that and read more books by Black authors, Indigenous authors, non-white Latinx writers, and Pacific Islander authors; as well as books by Asian authors who aren’t East Asian. I also want to read more books by queer, disabled, and other underrepresented authors.
3. Expand my horizons genre-wise
Again, this is a yes and a no. I’ve read a bit more non-fiction, memoirs, graphic novels, essays, and short stories, for example, but I still haven’t really read any sci-fi yet this year—I don’t know what it is about that genre that scares me so much but it does. I also haven’t read too much fantasy yet this year, so I want to invest more time into that.
4. Finally finish reading The Lord of the Rings
…Nope. At this rate I’m going to have to reread The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring to remember what’s going on. To be fair, though, I’ve kind of been trying to avoid reading books by white men and I don’t entirely want to break that streak…so maybe I’ll push this goal off another year.
5. Participate in the Down Memory Jane Readalong
Unfortunately, once school started, I didn’t have time to keep up with this readalong. However, I’m still hoping to pick up the books on the reading list that I haven’t read before! There’s a lot of great Austen adaptations in there that look super interesting, and I have yet to read Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey.
I’m glad I took this time to reflect because now I see where I’ve fallen short of my goals! With the last quarter of the year approaching, I hope to choose my books intentionally to reach those goals.
In my January post, I also set some goals for myself in regards to blogging and Bookstagram. I haven’t really been keeping up with either because I was busy with school, and came home to a different state because my family moved while I was away. I’ve been busy with unpacking and getting settled in a new environment, so I decided to give myself some grace in regards to keeping up with “lost in the bookstacks.” However, I’m hoping to spend some more time on it now, at least until the end of the summer!
What are some of your favorite books that you’ve read so far this year, and do you have any reading goals you’re trying to reach? I’d love to know!
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