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May 2020 // Reading Challenges Update

Hey everyone!*

My initial plan was to update y’all on my progress with the reading challenges every month. And I kept it up for two months before forgetting about it.

To be honest, I thought I had missed posting an update only for one month but turns out I missed it for two months. It makes sense, though, since March and April were a haze together and were like one single month.

Anyway, I’m back with some solid updates now!

*side note: I accidentally turned off my keyboard while thinking about how to start this post. I was holding down the right Shift key (ready for capitalization) while thinking and apparently held it for 8 seconds which disabled my keyboard. Thankfully my trackpad still worked and using that and voice search on google, I figured out how to enable it again. But yeah, such are the adventures of my life πŸ™‚

GOODREADS READING CHALLENGE

This time at home has been really good for my reading. The reduction of travel time meant that I could read more. And my reading status shows that.

I’ve finished reading 57/100 books!

And all of these are good reads, not just ones that I pick up as fluff to make myself happy.

Although I am 23 books ahead of schedule (according to Goodreads), I’m still striving to hit 150 books which was my original goal. I had reduced it after realizing that with work and college and blogging I would never hit that goal.

I’m still not on track to hit that goal but I will try my best.

SOUTH-ASIAN READING CHALLENGE 2020

This is a challenge hosted by my friend Fanna and I was super excited to participate. But like many things, it went away to a distant island in my brain in March. I did not read the chosen books for March and April.

But, the ultimate goal is to read as many South-Asian books as possible and I think I’ve done well enough for that? Basically I’m reading books for other reasons and they fortunately fit into this challenge. Hey, I’m trying my best.

But I am planning on reading the book picked by the hosts for May which is Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar. There has been so much praise for it and it sounds super cool. I’ve already read the backlist pick Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali so I won’t be reading that again.

#StartOnYourShelfathon

The purpose of this challenge is to prioritize reading books that we already own before picking up/buying new ones. Considering my physical shelf doesn’t have that many unread books anyway, it was never high priority. I pick them up when I feel like it.

My ebook shelf is not too bad either.

In the past two months, books I read that fit this challenge are:

The first 4 are physical books and last two are ebooks. Not bad progress, I think. Especially since 4 were paperbacks.

2020 Popsugar Reading Challenge

This is the one challenge that I’ve been ON TOP of. I even made a list where I matched whatever prompts I could to books already in my TBR or ones that caught my eye.

But yes, it has also got me to try new books. Ones that I wouldn’t look at otherwise. And I welcome it in doses.

My reading plan is mixing comfortable books (that I know I’ll like or am excited to read) with books out of my comfort zone. This way I don’t bring on a book slump by clubbing all the out-of-comfort reads together.

And I’ve definitely made progress on it! I shared how I plan my reads on my latest WWW Wednesday post so you can see that for details.*

I’ve finished 26 out of 50 prompts!

GIF od Michelle Tanner from Full House doing a happy dance

When I last updated, I had finished just 11 prompts so this is REALLY good progress! I’m going to smash this challenge.

I don’t think I’ll share all the prompts that I finished here since this post will become REALLY long. But I’m considering making an entirely separate post with them and mini reviews on each book.

Not sure if I should do this now or only after I (hopefully) finish all. Let me know what you think I should do in the comments.

*P. S. I also post mini reviews and frequent reading updates every week through WWW Wednesday posts so do check them out for all the opinions.

And that’s it for my updates! I think I’ve done pretty well so far.

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Are you participating in any challenges? What’s your status?

21 thoughts on “May 2020 // Reading Challenges Update

  1. thebrowneyedbookworm says:

    Love seeing the Popsugar challenge – I’m on top of that one too, and it’s fun to match books. It’s the only challenge I’m doing this year besides tracking my books with Goodreads. But I’m curious about the Goodreads summer challenge – I might pick that one up too πŸ˜€

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  2. theisodiaries says:

    57 books?! I can’t even comprehend that!
    I love reading and for a long time have been wishing I would make more time for it. My Goodreads goal for this year is to get through 30 books… just a little less than you πŸ˜‚

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  3. Megbeth Travels says:

    You’ve read so many books this year already! I’ve read 19 but that’s only because of lockdown! I hope you enjoy your South-Asian reads, I’m attemping the Asian Readathon this month & enjoying it so far πŸ™‚

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  4. LifeInPostcards says:

    I’m routing for you with the popsugar prompts!
    I don’t think I’ve even read 5 books this year as life has gotten in the way so I’m blown away by how much you’ve read! I love how you laid this out too!

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  5. jillian @ jillian etc. says:

    I’m amazed by how much you accomplished! I’ve been blogging for around 6 years now, and not once have I achieved reading 50 books in one year (mostly schoolwork and life obligations taking priority!) πŸ™‚ I’m curious, do you listen to audiobooks or do you only read titles or both? Anyway, you’re doing great and I hope you keep track with these challenges!!
    jillian @ jillian etc.

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    • Sumedha says:

      Thank you! I’m a fast reader, so that’s probably why? I’m a hardcore reader and don’t like audiobooks much. But I started listening to them only recently since commute (before the pandemic hit) took a lot of time where I couldn’t traditionally read. I’m more for reading than audiobooks, though.

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