Welcome to the third Quarter Quell of 2018. 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. Half way through the year I wasn’t doing particularly great on any of my challenges. Since then it has been the Summer holidays, six weeks of potential reading time and things haven’t exactly gone to plan…
I set myself the following challenges at the beginning of the year:
- To read my pre-ordered books. (Court of Mist and Fury and Angel of Storm)
- To get above 75% on NetGalley
- To complete The Sherlock Holmes Collection
- To read more pages in total than the 2016 total (16,084 pages)
- To read at least 25 books I already own.
- To complete at least one classic (other than Sherlock Holmes)
- To read at least 5 of the books delivered to me in my illumicrate boxes, including any new ones I get.
- To complete at least 26 of the Around the Year In 52 Books Challenge.
To Read My Pre-Orders: The first book I read this year was A Court of Mist and Fury! What a great way to start the year, it was a brilliant book and it half ticked off one of my challenges! 🙂 Just Angel of Storm to read now!
To get above 75% on NetGalley: In December 2017 it was at 70%, by June it had dropped down to 69%. It’s now at 72%
Books that are sitting on my shelf, still to be read, include:
- Traitor to the Throne – Alwyn Hamilton
- Age of Swords – Michael J Sullivan
- The Best of Adam Sharp – Graeme Simsion
- Godsgrave – Jay Kristoff
- The Lying Game – Ruth Ware
I did ARC August this year and ticked off 4 books.
To complete The Sherlock Holmes Collection: In December 2017, I was 88% through with just The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes left to read. I haven’t picked it up yet this year.
To read more pages in total than the 2016 total (16,084 pages): So far (according to Goodreads, not including children’s picture books) I’ve read 10016 pages = 62% of 2016’s total.
To read at least 25 books I already own: I definitely set the bar too high on this one. I’ve managed 16 books so far. All the books to date here on my Mount TBR Challenge page.
To complete at least one classic (other than Sherlock Holmes): Yeah, that’s not going to happen… But I have read more non-fiction books this year!
To read 5 of the books delivered to me in my illumicrate boxes: This challenge is going really, really badly. I’ve read 1 book – The Smoke Thieves. I like the sound of A Thousand Perfect Notes and I’ll probably read Wonder Woman and CatWoman eventually, but the others aren’t really grabbing my attention. The books I still have to read are:
- The Graces – Laure Eve
- Diabolic – S. J. Kincaid
- Wintersong – S. Jae-Jones
- The Walking Land by Callie Bates
- Wonder Woman: Warbringer – Leigh Bardugo
- Nyxia – Scott Reintgen
- Artemis – Andy Weir
- The City of Brass – S.A.Chakraborty
- Blood and Sand – C.V.Wyk
- Light Years – Kass Morgan
- A Thousand Perfect Notes – C.G.Drews
- CatWoman – Sarah J. Maas
I still have the November box to come…
✓ To complete at least 26 of the Around the Year In 52 Books Challenge: (28/52 completed) Finally! One target I’ve actually managed to achieve!
In the past 3 months I have ticked off:
5. A book about or inspired by real events – This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay
6. A book originally written in a language other than English – Tokyo Ghoul, tome 1 (Tokyo Ghoul #1) by Sui Ishida (25.9.18)
8. An “own voices” book* – To All The Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han (2.9.18)
10. An author’s debut book (their first book to be published) – The Novice by Taran Matharu
12. A book set in Africa or South America – Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
13. A book with a plot centered around a secret (forbidden love, spies, secret societies, etc) – Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier
16. A narrative nonfiction – The Red Parts by Maggie Nelson
17. A book you expect to make you laugh – Best Foot Forward by Adam Hills
33. A book connected (title, cover, content) to a word “born” in the same year as you (link) – Trust Me, I’m a (Junior) Doctor by Max Pemberton
42. A book that takes place on, in, or underwater – To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
43. A book with a title that is a whole sentence – How Do You Like Me Now? by Holly Bourne (25/9/18)
47. A book where the main character (or author) is of a different ethnic origin, religion, or sexual identity than your own – A Life of Crime: The Memoirs of a High Court Judge by Harry Ognall (22.9.18)
50. A book with a warm atmosphere (centered on family, friendship, love or summer) – You Only Live Once by Jess Vallance
See all the challenges I’ve ticked off here.
Have you read any of these books?
How are you getting on with your resolutions?