Welcome to the first Quarter Quell of 2019. This is where I look back at the challenges I set myself at the beginning of the year and see how much progress I’ve made on them. It’s always nice to see a bit of progression, no matter how small. I’m really please with how well I’m doing this year
I set myself the following challenges at the beginning of the year:
- To get above 75% on NetGalley
- To read more pages in total than the 2018 total
- To read at least 20 books I already own.
- To read one classic book and one non-fiction book.
- To complete at least 26 of the Around the Year In 52 Books Challenge.
To get above 75% on NetGalley: In December 2018 it was at 73%, it dropped don to 72% because I HAD to request The Rosie Result as I loved the first two (1+2) but I’ve managed to pull it back up to 73%. So… no progress.
Books that are sitting on my shelf, still to be read, include:
- Traitor to the Throne – Alwyn Hamilton
- Allegiant – Veronica Roth
- Age of Swords – Michael J Sullivan
- The Best of Adam Sharp – Graeme Simsion
- The Lying Game – Ruth Ware
- Ever Alice – H.J.Ramsay
To read more pages in total than the 2018 total (12,670 pages): So far (according to Goodreads) I’ve read 3941 pages = 31% of 2018’s total.
To read at least 20 books I already own: I’ve managed 6 books so far. All the books to date here on my Mount TBR Challenge page.
To complete at least one classic and one non-fiction book: I’ve already read 4 non-fiction books this year (Lily Allen, Manhunt, Forensics and Mind Maps for Kids) so that half was an easy tick off!
To complete at least 26 of the Around the Year In 52 Books Challenge: (14/52 completed)
Since the beginning of the year, I have ticked off:
1. A book that was nominated for or won an award in a genre you enjoy – The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris (6.1.18)
3. A book where the author’s name contains A, T, and Y – Black Butler Vol. 3 by Yana Toboso (3.1.18)
4. A book with a criminal character (i.e. assassin, pirate, thief, robber, scoundrel etc) – Manhunt: How I Brought Serial Killer Levi Bellfield To Justice (22.1.19)
11. A book related to one of the 12 Zodiac Chinese Animals (title, cover, subject) – Red Dragon by Thomas Harris (5.1.18)
15. A book by an author from a Mediterranean country or set in a Mediterranean country – Circe by Madeline Miller (30.1.19)
18. A book related to one of the elements on the periodic table of elements – Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime by Val McDermid (2.1.19)
25. 4 books inspired by the wedding rhyme: Book #3 Something Borrowed – Mind Maps for Kids: Max Your Memory and Concentration by Tony Buzan (18.3.19)
34. A book with a person’s name in the title – The Rosie Resultby Graeme Simsion (19.1.19)
37. A book set in a school or university – Picklewitch and Jack by Claire Barker (4.1.19)
38. A book not written in traditional novel format (poetry, essay, epistolary, graphic novel, etc) – Black Butler Vol. 2 by Yana Toboso (3.1.18)
40. A book you stumbled upon – Belinda Blinked (Belinda Blinked 1) by Rocky Flintstone
42. A book with a monster or “monstrous” character – Hannibal by Thomas Harris (11.1.18)
44. A book related in some way to a tv show/series or movie you enjoyed (same topic, same era, book appeared in the show/movie, etc.) – Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (24.3.19)
50. A book that includes a journey (physical, health, or spiritual) – My Thoughts Exactly by Lily Allen (1.1.19)
See all the challenges I’ve ticked off here.
Top 5 things I’ve done in the past 3 months:
- My 1 year wedding anniversary (today!)
- Starting driving lessons.
- Getting onto my masters course
- Seeing Six, The Musical and Hamilton.
- Our few days away in Bath.
Have you read any of these books?
How are you getting on with your resolutions?