Since this year is just about half over (already??!), I thought it would be a good time to check in on the reading and blogging goals I set at the beginning of the year, plus the challenges I've been taking part in.
- Participate in at least two reading challenges. Pass! I'm participating in two year-long challenges (and will be doing a summer challenge), and I'll recap those below.
- Come up with new or different ways to present our travels. So far this year I've done two travel posts related to our trips to Las Vegas and Chicago. I'm hoping the weather starts cooperating and we can get in some hikes. I feel like I need to brainstorm a bit more and also decide how much I want to showcase posts like this on the blog.
- Learn more about the technical side of blogging. Fail! I don't know why I added this as a goal.
- Start doing monthly recaps. Pass! I work on the monthly recaps a little bit all month long, and so far it's been really fun to put them together.
- Read or reread at least six classics. So far I've read three classics, so I'm right on track with this goal.
- Read at least one nonfiction book per month. Pass! I've read 13 nonfiction books so far, at least one every month except April (and since I barely read anything in April, I'm not counting that as a failure!).
- Listen to more audiobooks. Pass! I've been listening to audiobooks in the car during my work commute, and it usually takes me about a week or two to get through one book. One thing that's really been helping my audiobook and nonfiction reading goals is that I've been combining the two and listening to a lot of celebrity memoirs. I've listened to over 71 hours of audio so far this year.
Beat the Backlist 2018 is hosted by NovelKnight. I chose 30 titles to read for this challenge. So far I've read 16 titles from my challenge TBR, so I'm right on track! Apparently I have a lot of backlist titles on my TBR, because I've also read 14 other older books that weren't even on my challenge list.
The 2018 Nonfiction Reading Challenge is hosted by Doing Dewey. I decided to do this challenge to help me with my goal of reading more nonfiction this year. I made a tentative list of books I'd like to read. While I'm not doing so great with the books I initially picked (a couple DNFs, etc.), I've been reading and reviewing quite a bit of nonfiction this year and really enjoying it. As I mentioned above, I've read 13 nonfiction titles so far this year.
How are you doing on your goals and challenges?