Saturday, June 11, 2016

Reading Goals Update #2

Now that June is here, I thought this now would be a great time to take stock of my progress towards my 2016 Reading Goals.  As a reminder, here are the goals I set for myself earlier this year.  

1.     [GoodReads Goal] Read 100 books
2.     Read at least 10 audio books
3.     Read at least 10 eBooks 
4.     Complete a manga series
5.     Complete at least one YA series
6.     Read more with my pug
7.     Read a series of novels 
8.     Read more diversely 

Because my pug recently passed away, I am going to have to change goal number six a bit to include the fur babies we recently rescued.  So, from here on in, number six will now read “Read more with my dogs.” 

Now that we are in comfortably in June, here is how I have progressed to date:
1.     I have read 35 books towards my 100 book goal.  I am about 5 books off-pace at the moment. 
2.     I have read 4 of my 10 audiobooks; however, I have not listened to an audiobook in several months.
3.     I have read 4 of my 10 ebooks; I currently have several ebooks that I need to read for review in the very near future. 
4.     I am about halfway through the Death Note series.  There are thirteen books in the series and I have currently read volumes 1-6. 
5.     I have yet to complete a YA series.  However, I have started Cinder, the first book in The Lunar Chronicles and I own Scarlet, the second book in the series.  I also own The Red Queen, the first book in the series of the same name.  The other day, I also bought a copy of Clockwork Angel, the first book in The Infernal Devices series.  So, while I have lots to choose from, I have yet to follow through on reading a YA series yet.  Perhaps the summer doldrums will be the right time to get stuck in. 
6.     I haven’t read with my new rescue pups yet; however, I just picked up a stack of picture books from the library to share with the little fur babies. 
7.     I haven’t read a series of novels yet, but I am thinking I might either read Margaret Atwood’s Madadam trilogy or complete the Liveship Traders Trilogy by Robin Hobb since I own the first book in the series, Ship of Magic.
8.     I would say that I am doing relatively well in my quest to read more diversely.  To date, I have read nine books that are either by an LGBTQIA or non-white author.  One of my reads, Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg, was by a gay white American man; another was by an African-American women, Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson; one book was by a Korean woman, The Vegetarian by Han Kang; one book by a Canadian-American woman of Japanese descent, A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki; and five books by Japanese Men, Volumes 3-6 of Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba and then Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami.

While I am happy with my progress overall, I want to continue to read more diverse literature and get back into the habit of listening to audiobooks again.  With five months under my belt for 2016, and a whole summer ahead of me, I am pretty pleased with how I have done so far.  Here’s to the next seven months!

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