It’s November! The end of the year is getting closer and that means that’s I’ve been thinking about my reading plans for the rest of the year. Like last year, I didn’t set a Goodreads reading challenge for myself. Not having the pressure of seeing “you’re three books behind schedule” every time you open Goodreads is a really freeing feeling, I can tell you.
That doesn’t mean that I didn’t have a goal in mind, though. In my head, I put my reading goal at 50 books. Luckily, I’m way too bad at maths to quickly figure out how far behind or ahead I am. As the year went on, I did realise that I was doing pretty well, though. In fact, I reached my goal of reading 50 books almost two weeks ago! If I try my best, I might even manage to read 60 books this year, which would be an absolute record for me.
I think what’s been working well for me this year is that I’ve been listening to audiobooks a lot more. Also, I’ve been setting monthly TBRs for myself way more often this year. Which is kind of ironic, considering the fact that I wrote a blog post in February explaining why I didn’t really like setting TBRs for myself. I guess those things can change pretty quickly! But yes, audiobooks and TBRs have really helped for me. Plus, I also think I’ve just devoted more time to reading this year.
As for my reading plans for the rest of the year… I haven’t set a clearcut TBR for myself for those final two months since I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself during NaNoWriMo this month (I’ll get to that in a minute) and the holidays in December. At the start of the year, I made a list of ten books I wanted to read in 2019. So far, I’ve read seven of them and I’m currently reading the eighth (Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado).
That means that there are two books left on the list (which I think is pretty good!). Those are the two books I definitely want to have read by the end of the year. They’re also both over 500 pages (which I don’t think is a coincidence – there must have been a reason why I waited so long to read them). The first one, which I’ve just read the first 30 pages of this weekend, is Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi and the second one is Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. I’m looking forward to reading both of them! If you want to hear me talk about my end of year TBR some more, you can watch my BookTube video on it right here.
Now, let’s talk about NaNoWriMo! At the start of the year, I mentioned that the only real goal I had for the year was to finish writing my novel. I have been working on it off and on during the year, but it still isn’t finished, which is why I’m using NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) as a tool to get it done. I won’t need the full 50,000 words to finish my story, but the fact that so many people are writing at the same time is really motivating to me. Plus, I like seeing my progress on the stats page on the website. If you’re participating as well, you can add me as a buddy on the website (my name on there is AnneK).
Now, let’s chat! How has your reading year been going so far? What’s the best book you’ve read in 2019 and what are you hoping to read before the year is up? Let me know down below!