basically, a post where I really surprise myself
Good morning, amigos!!! I hope you’ve all been having a great start to your week! Today I’ll be doing an update on all my bookish and not so bookish goals that I made at the start of the year. I’ll also be sharing what I’ve read for the 4 reading challenges that I’m doing.
To be honest, I’m pretty surprised with how well I did in some aspects, and of course, not so surprised that I failed in others. Lol, let’s get started!
- Read 110 books. ✖ *laughs* I think I aimed a little way too high for this year. I’ve only read 34 books so far, and I’m 18 books behind on my GR challenge. At least I think I’m making some progress by reading really fast in the hopes of catching up.
- Take part in 2 challenges and stick to it. ✔ Well, I signed up for four, and we’ll see down below if I’m doing a good job of sticking to them or not.
- Read at least 40 books with diverse MCs or topics. ✖ Well, I’ve only read 34, so this is also a no. And I don’t think I’ve read more than 15 diverse books so far. Again, we’ll see when I dissect my books for the reading challenge.
- Try to read more Adult Thrillers and Mysteries. ✖ I think I’ve read only like 2? I’m definitely failing with this, and I might just try to focus on historical fiction this year instead. Because I’ve added like 20 new HF books to my TBR recently and it’ll probably be everything I read next month 😅
- Get 400 followers. ✔ I’m actually almost there!! 47 more to go, and I’m so excited!
- Finish my 27 backlist reviews and review 50% of the books I read this year. ✖ I’m failing miserably with this one. I think I’ve only reviewed 2 or 3 books this year…Going to have to change that soon.
- Monthly views should be over 1k. ✔ Well, I was close for this. February is the only month that wasn’t over, as I only had 989 but it’s close enough. I’m also surprised that May still had over a 1k views since I was on hiatus for most of the month and only did LTBs. And this month is almost over, but I’ve already made it *does a happy dance*
- Catch up on blog hopping and stay on track. ❔ I believe I’m doing a semi good job at this? I went through my Reader and brought down the blogs I follow to 95, and I currently have a lot of tabs that I’m reading and commenting on as you can see above…it’s slow going, and I’ll probably leave them open for a few months because I’m awesome like that 🤦🏾♀️
- Get through my first year of taking high school + college classes successfully. ✔ So far, it’s been great! I’m actually doing college summer semester right now, and it’s going pretty well.
- Continue making healthier version of my fave desserts. ✖ I’ve stopped baking lately. In April, I was baking bagels, bread, donuts, etc from scratch like every other day, and now…I make boxed cake mix every 2 weeks 😐 So, yeah, definitely failed at this!
- Exercise 5 times a week. ✖ Haha. I haven’t done a proper workout since March I think. So yeah. I really want to exercise again, but…it’s too much energy. Which is the point, but I don’t feel like doing it at all.
Reading Challenges: Year of the Asian
So, my goal was to read 11-20 books to get the Indian Cobra badge. Let’s see how I did:
That’s exactly 11 books!! Halfway into the year and I actually reached my goal!! YESSS. This is the first time I’ve reached my goal for a reading challenge!
I don’t feel like writing out mini reviews of each one, so I’ll just group them based on rating.
Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim
So that’s an average rating of 3.5 which is pretty great. I like how I have more 4 stars than 2 stars, but I’ve definitely been disappointed by some of these.
So yes, this challenge was a success and I’m going to aim for the next level which is the Malayan Tapir (21-30 books).
Reading Challenges: HistFic, Cloak and Dagger, & Unapologetically Muslim
I have only read 3 books that are historical fiction, but hopefully I’ll be reading a lot more of it next month. I have so many historical fiction books on hold right now and I probably added like 20 of them to my TBR a few days ago.
My goal for the HistFic challenge is 10 books.
- You’ve already heard my thoughts on Code Name Hélène a few hundred times, so here’s a sweet summary: I loved it; you need to read it. Now, preferably.
- A Curious Beginning was just okay as a mystery, but I loved Veronica and Stoker’s banter, so I still gave this a generous 4 stars. They’re just so hilarious together and I can’t wait to see more of them in the next books. The mystery was really eh, and they didn’t really do any sleuthing, so that was disappointing. But really liked it nonetheless.
- Basically, I don’t think I got the point or message behind If You Leave Me. The characters just end up being so horrible, and I eventually just stopped caring. It just felt like a waste of my time which is really really disappointing. But maybe you might “get” the story and therefore like it better?
As for the Cloak and Dagger reading challenge, I’ve actually read more than I thought I did. It’s nowhere near what I’m trying to achieve, but it is something.
My goal for the C&D challenge is 26-35 books.
- Dark Matter: Am interesting but really “just okay” book with some plot holes.
- Deceptive Waters: An ARC read for Reedsy Discovery with a really interesting plot but meh characters.
- Miracle Creek: An amazing legal thriller with never ending twists and a satisfying end.
- The Fairy-Tale Detectives: A really cute lighthearted middle grade read with funny characters and a simple but nice plot.
- Someone We Know: A wonderful web of secrets and betrayal that ensnares the whole neighborhood and leaves you second guessing every minute.
- The Chain: A super compelling thriller that leaves you at the edge of your seat.
- Also Known As: Super cheesy, very annoying teenage spy story but still a fun read.
- The Turn of the Key: Extremely atmospheric and creepy suspense novel that I enjoyed, but the ending was less than satisfactory.
So there you have it-one sentence reviews for all of these. Hopefully I can pick up the pace and read a lot more by the end of the year.
I have only read two books so far for the Unapologetically Muslim Reading Challenge *hides in shame*. But I don’t really have a goal for this, I just want to read more books my Muslim authors or with Muslim MCs.
- Thorn was a really good book; I just didn’t love it. The characters were great, I liked the swapped-identity trope, but it just didn’t have that 5 star feeling for me.
- Written in the Stars was so heartbreaking, yet kind of hopeful at the same time. It was such a solemn and heavy contemporary, but I’m still happy with the way it ended.
I really surprised myself. I’ve done pretty well on some of my goals, and with my reading challenges, and I just hope I can catch up for the ones that I fell short on by the end of the year.
- Goals: Bookish
- Read: 34/110 books
- Challenges: 4/2 that I’ve signed up for
- 40 diverse books: 11/40
- More thrillers and mysteries: 8/26 (I’m using cloak & dagger to calculate this)
- Goals: Blogging
- Followers: 353/400
- Reviews: 3/27 backlist, and 1/34 from this year
- Over 1k views: 6/12 months
- Catch up on blog hopping:…i did in a way
- Goals: Personal
- Get through school & college classes: ✔
- Bake healthily more often: ✖
- Exercise consistently: ✖
- YARC: 11/11 books; now that I’m aiming for the Tapir, it’s 11/21 books
- HistFicRC: 3/10 books
- Cloak & Dagger RC: 8/26 books
- Unapologetically Muslim RC: 2 books
So, that’s my goals and reading challenge update. Do you have any book recommendations that can help me out? What have you been reading? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? What did you think? Chat with me in the comments below!!