This year for the first time I set a few reading/blogging goals and I thought since we are now mid way through 2019 I would do a quick update, see how I am going and what I need to work on for the second half of the year!
My first goal was to continue blogging every weekday and try to produce more fun detailed content – I think I am doing very well with this goal! I don’t think I’ve missed any postings this year which is a win for me and I do feel like I’ve been branching out more and doing some different posts than what I would usually.
The second goal was to read more books that I actually interest me – I think I have definitely gotten out of my habit of just buying books that are super hyped even though I am not interested in actually reading it. Finally going back and utilising my library has been a great means of opening up my TBR and having a lot more options for me to peruse and see what I actually want to read. Also implementing mood reading instead of having a set TBR each month has had a great impact on my reading output!
The next goal was my Goodreads Reading Goal for 2019 which I set at 100 books – I have currently read 89 books in 2019 so far, so I am well on my way to smashing this goal which is really exciting for me!
The fourth goal I set for myself in 2019 is to find a balance between reading/blogging and life – This unfortunately is where I haven’t had the most success. I still feel like I am putting my reading before my health and responsibilities. I have a full time job so at the end of the day when I get home I find I am just shirking everything I really need to do to just sit down and read. I may need to implement some scheduled reading times everyday or have a to-do list I need to complete of an afternoon before I allow myself to be lost in a book!
The last goal I set for myself this year is to just be happy – So far this year has been a bit of a funny one. It seems like so much has changed and also not much has changed either if that makes sense. All I do know is that reading and blogging being a constant in my life has really brought me a sense of peace and calm!
I’ve still been perusing my local library around once a week but my previous library haul lasted me like a full month and a half of reading. I have been trying to get through all of the books I currently own but haven’t gotten around to picking up yet so I’ve been trying not to borrow too many books… though after I finished Red Sister by Mark Lawrence last month (which was a library book), I immediately knew I had to continue on with the series! So when I seen my library also had a copy of Grey Sister I had to go in and scoop it up and I will definitely be getting through it this month! I still haven’t had a chance to get to Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson even though I have been highly anticipating reading it, but I have finished Uprooted by Naomi Novik and Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (which were also library books), so I’m definitely still on track with my library book goals!
I have officially finished my reread of the Harry Potter series! I wrapped up Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows last week and I just have to say again that I have LOVED my reread of this series. It has been probably 4-5 years since I read through the whole thing and it seems like every time something new jumps out at me. The Deathly Hallows is by far my favourite book of the series, its the book I think I have reread the most and I don’t think I will ever get sick of it! The way that the story comes together and the epic conclusion was just purely magical. All of the twists and turns and obstacles that Harry, Ron and Hermione have to deal with on their hunt for the Horcruxes, the build up of tension, the most incredible plot twist ever with Snape, my mind was absolutely blown the first time I read this book. I think I definitely have to do a reread of this series at least once every year! I love it so much and it has really put me in a great reading mood!
I did a post back in January about 5 Fantasy Series that I wanted to start in 2019 and since we are already in May I thought I would do an update of what I’ve started/finished/not even touched yet!
The five series were:
The Seven Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima – I completed this series this month actually! I absolutely LOVED these books, I think Cinda Williams Chima is a fantastic fantasy author and I will definitely be continuing on with the Shattered Realms series very soon!
The Falling Kingdoms Series by Morgan Rhodes – I only currently own Falling Kingdoms and Gathering Darkness. I don’t like to start a series unless I have access to all of the books, so I haven’t had a chance to pick these books up yet.
The Witchlands Series by Susan Dennard – I have completed all of the books that are currently out at the moment. I have been loving this series so far! Iseult and Safi are amazing characters and the plot is getting progressively better with each book!
The Lightbringer Series by Brent Weeks – I own all of these books but I feel I haven’t prioritized this series because I think I’m not as excited to read it as much as the other series in this list. I will probably get started later on in the year!
The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb – I also currently own all of the books in this trilogy I just haven’t picked up them up yet! *Spoiler* Assassin’s Apprentice will be on my TBR next month so no doubt I will be completing this trilogy very soon!
So far in the last 5 months I have completed 2 out of the 5 series I wanted to read this year. That is a total of 8 out of the 20 books that make up these series. I think I am on track to hopefully finish all of these series by the end of the year; I originally only wanted to get started on these books so I am quietly confident I will have least read at least 1-2 of the books from the other three series before the end of 2019!
I was aware that the OWL’s Magical Readathon was happening in April but I honestly had no intention of participating… simply because I already had my set TBR for the month and I didn’t want to have to completely change it to comply with the prompts for the readathon. However when I had a look over them a few days ago I figured out that a good majority of the book I read this month actually fit the prompts!
A Retelling (Beauty and the Beast Retelling)
Land Animal on the Cover (I’m kind of cheating but there is a crow on this cover)
Age Line – Read an Adult Book (Adult/Historical Fiction)
Reducto: title starting with an “R” (I know the title has now been changed but I did read the E Book version that was still titled Royals)
Plant on the cover
Published at least 10 years ago (How fitting! This was published in in 2005)
Contemporary (YA Contemporary)
Next ingredient: sequel (2nd Book in the Seven Realms series!)
Sprayed edges or red cover
I think I will continue on with the NEWTs in August and I will do a TBR that month focused solely on the readathon and reveal what magical career I plan to follow … how exciting!