We’re almost halfway through the year!
Considering that this is the first year that I’m properly attempting reading challenges, I’m doing pretty good. I’m actually really happy with my progress.
Goodreads Reading Challenge
I started the year with a goal to read 150 books, same as 2019’s goal. But with a busy life and schedule, I wasn’t able to read at that pace and I reduced my goal to 100 books.
As of now, my progress is at 71/100 books!!
If I kept up with this pace, I’ll be on track to read about 125 books by the end of the year. I can try to hit 150 but that would take a lot of effort and would put too pressure on me. Especially since I don’t know how things will be when we gradually stop social distancing.
For now, I’m keeping it at 100. Once I hit that, I think I’ll raise it to 120 and so on (if possible) in small increments.
SOUTH-ASIAN READING CHALLENGE 2020
Primarily hosted by Fanna, this challenge encourages us to read more South Asian books.
I read 2 South-Asian books since my last update. They are Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal and The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar. I also just realized that I forgot to include one book under this category last month which is The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan.
All of the three books were really good reads (rated them all 4 stars). I have posted reviews for The Henna Wars and The Joy Luck Club so you can check those out.
I admit, this challenge has slightly slipped from my mind in the last month. There wasn’t much effort from my side to pick up books that I already own over newly introduced-to-me books.
Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal is the only book from my existing physical shelf that I picked up.
I did read a couple overdue ebooks which were The Color Purple by Alice Walker and I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver.
This month, being Pride Month and also one where I’m trying to pick up books that I normally wouldn’t go for, I’m not sure if I will be prioritizing this particular challenge. I will try though.
2020 Popsugar Reading Challenge
And finally, the one challenge that I am taking most seriously. It’s only because I’ve never attempted a year-long challenge based on prompts that I’m giving it extra attention with proper planning and tracking.
I barely do short-term (lasting a weekend/week/month) challenges with prompts so this is actually a big commitment for me.
And I am super happy to report that all that planning has worked out well. I’ve completed 31/50 prompts. Which means I ticked off 5 prompts in the last month.
One thing I’m trying to do is not overlap prompts with the same books so dedicating 50 out of (around) 100 books this year to the challenge is a lot. But it has helped me get to some TBR books as well as broaden my reading categories.
The prompts that I finished are:
- A book with a great first line: The Color Purple by Alice Walker.
- A book by a trans/non-binary author: I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver.
- A book with the same name/title of a movie/TV show but is unrelated to it: Pride by Ibi Zoboi.
- A book by/about a woman in STEM: Truth or Beard by Penny Reid.
- A book with a robot/cybord/AI character: The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee.
I know that I still have 19 prompts left but they’re mostly ones that I’ve been putting off so.. it’s time to get to them.
Did you set any goals for 2020, reading or otherwise? How’s your progress on them?