February was a shorter month, even though it was a day longer than usual. This basically means that I read one book less than I originally would.
Okay, I’m totally lying. I’m barely finding the time to read, y’all! I’m using the one missing day as an excuse.
While February was more hectic than usual, I still managed to stay a little consistent in my reading. This was only possible because I started listening to audiobooks during commute. Not always, but enough.
It resulted in me reading three extra books! It’s kind of a lifesaver haha.
Anyway, let’s get to the (disappointing) updates and (hopeful) goals.
GOODREADS READING CHALLENGE
When talking about February goals, I mentioned that if I don’t catch up to my goal in February I would reduce my goal. I was 4 books behind at the time.
Today, I’m giving myself a second chance to catch up to my original goal of 150 books. Why, you ask? Because I’ve been consistently 4 books behind all month.
I just need to fit in 4 reads somewhere so I can catch up. Hopefully, it’ll happen.
I’ve made a new goal now, though. If my pace falls behind by 8 books, I WILL reduce it. No second chances.
As of now, I’ve read 22/150 books, leaving me 3 books behind schedule. The only way I reduced one was by reading a very tiny book. Yes, I cheated, but I had no choice.
SOUTH-ASIAN READING CHALLENGE 2020
Last month, I planned to read two books. But I managed to only finish one of them.
Loveboat, Taipei is done. Stories We Never Tell is still sitting unread on my shelf and will probably be there for a while because I’m NOT finding the time to actually read.
I have no specific book in mind for March. If I can read Stories We Never Tell, it would be good. Actually, I stopped keeping track of this challenge completely. Don’t be surprised if it disappears next month haha.*
*sobs internally at my failure
Does it count if the shelf is my To-Be-Read shelf? I assume not. *sigh*
The only books that qualifies for this challenge (that I read) are:
- The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Axiom by Kristofor Hellmeister
March goals are low and now optimistic so I know I can hit them. My goal is to read at least ONE from my physical shelf.
2020 POPSUGAR READING CHALLENGE
Someone from my book club who is also doing this challenge has finished 19 of the prompts (!!!!!) and here I am with barely any checked off. *cries internally again*
Prompts I completed in February:
- A book that’s published in 2020: The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa
- A book you picked because the title caught your attention: The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- A book with at least a 4-star rating on Goodreads: The Third Best Thing by Maya Hughes
- A book you meant to read in 2019: We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- A book that passes the Bechdel test: What I Like About Me by Jenna Guillaume
- A book by a WOC: Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali
I had meant to read Stories We Never Tell for the last prompt, but since I didn’t read it, I switched the book so I can check off the prompt. Fortunately, I managed to check off a few extra prompts using the books I read. Yay!
This brings my total to 11 prompts! Okay that’s way more than I expected haha. Fortunately my February reads fit in with random prompts.
I don’t have specific prompt goals for March, but I’d like to hit at least 3. Let’s see!
A RANDOM UPDATE
I’m not doing any challenge to get to my backlist books (like Beat the Backlist challenge which I had done a few years back). But since I do have an audiobook subscription now, I’m using it to check off old books from my TBR.
This is happening only because I found those books when browsing, and I fortunately don’t have to buy them individually. This is a good opportunity to finish them.
And that’s it for this month!
Are you participating in any challenges? What’s your status?