Wednesday, June 30, 2010

My Mid-Year Review

As the mid-point of the year arrives, I thought it would be interesting to look back on the first half of the year.

2010 Goals: Progress
In January, I set some goals for the year. At this mid-year mark, I feel pretty good about my progress so far.
  • Get through my TBR pile ~ Joining the Read Your Own Books Challenge has helped me with this. I'm almost halfway through, so I'm on track to achieve this goal.
  • Read all book club selections ~ So far, I have, indeed, read every book chosen for book club this year. I think I've attended all the meetings too!
  • Complete challenges ~ I'm on track to complete just about all of the challenges I joined. I will admit defeat on one of them, but that also helped me learn about the types of challenges that work for me, and the types that don't.
  • Write reviews on a regular basis ~ I've been writing reviews at least weekly, so I feel good about this goal as well.

Total number of adult books read:

Countdown 2010 Challenge: 
In this challenge, I was supposed to read 10 books from 2010, 9 books from 2009, etc. The challenge ends on 10/10/10, and I do not expect to complete the challenge ~ although I've gotten pretty far with it. I realized that this type of challenge limits me way too much so I doubt I'll join another like this. I think it's a great idea for those who read 100+ books each year, but I just don't read enough for it to work for me. See the details here. My progress:
  • 2010: complete
  • 2009: complete
  • 2008: 3 of 8
  • 2007: 1 of 7
  • 2006: 3 of 8
  • 2005: 1 of 5
  • 2004: 0 of 4
  • 2003: 2 of 3
  • 2002: complete
  • 2001: complete

Read Your Own Books Challenge:
Started with a list of 10 books, and I've read 4 ~ almost halfway there! See the details here.

Support Your Local Authors Challenge:
This was open-ended, but my personal goal was to read 5 books by local authors in 2010. I've read 3 so far! See the details here.

Birth Year Reading Challenge:
I committed to reading 4 books published the year I was born. I've read 2 so far, which puts me on track to complete this challenge by the end of the year. See the details here.

Support Your Local Library Challenge:
I committed to reading 25 library books in 2010. I've borrowed and read 10 so far. I'm in the process of reading #11, and have #12 on hold. I'm not as far as I was hoping to be on this challenge, but I still expect to meet my goal by the end of the year. See the details here.

Overall, I've had a good first half of the year. I've read some very interesting books, many of which I would not have picked up if it weren't for all the recommendations I've received from other bloggers. I've found that I really enjoy memoirs, so I'm going to start reading more in that genre. I've also discovered a few authors that I'd like to read again, including Ron Rash, Jonathan Tropper and Chaim Potok.

What about you? How are you doing with your goals as we come to the mid-year point?

3 comments:

  1. OK, so I just realized we have the same color scheme now here and on my blog. Too funny! I tried to find the one that went best with the background I had on there and just came by here and was like, HEY!?! :) I guess I copy-cheated you, but you (and Blogger) can feel flattered!

    Happy reading!

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