2018 Reading & Writing Goals Check-Up

Can you guys believe half of 2018 is over? It has been a pretty crazy year for me and I’m kind of stunned we’re already in June. Since we’re halfway through the year, I thought I’d take a look at the reading and writing goals I made at the beginning of the year and see how I’m doing with those.

 

Reading Goals

1. Read 80 Books Again.

I’m currently at 45.5 books so far so I’m actually ahead of schedule. I don’t see finishing another 35 books being an issue, especially as at least 12 of them will be children’s books.

 

2. Read 1 Classic per month (12 total)

Aside from January and May, I managed to keep up with this goal. However, from now on I have decided to put my focus on the beast that is The Count of Monte Cristo. Then I hope to return to Madame Bovary. I’m not sure if I will be able to finish all the classics I planned initially, but I’m going to try. I definitely want to get my French based classics finished before our trip to Paris (which has been moved to next Spring). At least Phantom of the Opera is out of the way.

 

3. Read 1 book from my childhood per month

So far I’ve been doing great with this and it’s a lot of fun and nostalgia. I may continue this next year.

 

4. Read 1 new children’s book per month

So far I’ve been doing great with this, too, and may also continue into next year.

 

5. Finish books (9 total) from 2017 (Afterparty, Crank, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Rooms, Slice of Cherry, Quidditch Through the Ages, Harry A History, & Raging Star).

I haven’t read a single one of these yet. Great reminder for me to pick up a few of these for the summer.

 

6. Every quarter (4 months), Read 1 Nonfiction Book.

So far I’ve only read 1 Nonfiction book but I have two planned for this summer and one for the winter so I see completing this goal being no issue. Actually, that should be every 3 months, not 4.

 

7. Every quarter (3 months), Read 1 True Crime Novel

So far I’ve read one and DNFed another (which I am counting as a half read since I got a little more than halfway). I plan to read two more and if I have time, maybe I’ll do another shorter one.

 

8. Participate in more Read-a-thons & Buddy/Group Reads

I’ve participated in three read-a-thons, one buddy read (sadly the DNF, for both of us), and am in two online book clubs so I’ve been reading a lot of group reads. I feel I’m doing great with this goal.

 

9. Try to “shop” from my owned books & the library

I’ve definitely been “shopping” with my new library system. I’m slowly getting through some of my owned books as well. I’ve bought books, but I feel for the most part more intentional with my buying. I usually try to check the library first.

 

10. Finish/Make progress with more series

So far I’ve finished one trilogy (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before) and am in the middle of the Cutler series for a re-read. I’m hoping to finish the last book in the Dustlands trilogy and reading as many Animorphs and One Piece books whenever I can squeeze them in. I’ve read one Animorphs and two One Piece books so far.

 

Overall, I feel I’m doing pretty good on my Reading Goals.

 

 

Writing Goals

 

1. Edit Our Reasons

This definitely hasn’t happened yet.

 

 

2. Querying/Publishing Investigating

…Nor this.

 

3. Participate in more Twitter events like #PitMad, PitchMadness, Pitch Wars, etc.

Not a single one.

 

4. Edit The Birthday Bash

I’ve actually started editing this so there’s some progress!

 

5. Edit Evil in the Walls

Not yet but I didn’t really plan to until later on this year.

 

6. Edit So Much Rage

Not yet.

 

7. Write a new Horror novel

Probably going to be what I do for NaNoWriMo this year.

 

8. Work on CHALTS

I honestly don’t see this happening.

 

9. Work on Karen’s Not Home

Or this.

 

10. Get published

I’m not sure if 2018 is the year for this with all that has happened–new job situation, new house, etc. But I’m still aiming for it.

 

I figured my Writing goals would be the weaker of the two. It took me a lot longer to get settled in our new house than I thought and I haven’t really had the same drive to write and edit and get published like I used to. I still want to do these things, but I’m just not sure this is going to be the year to do it.

 

Overall, I’m happy with how my Reading Goals are going and I’m OK on how the Writing ones are going. I’m not giving up and definitely hoping to get more done before 2018 is over with.

 

Did you make any goals for 2018? If so, how are they going?

 

 

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Books in May 2018

For 2018, I have challenged myself to read 80 books. In May, I read nine! May was also Asian-Pacific Heritage Month so I decided to read some books for it.

 

 

New Favorite(s): The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Wan-Long Shang & Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Sadly I did not get to my classic (Madame Bovary) but I’m going to try and finish it before my Paris trip!

Childhood: The First Dog by Jan Brett

New Kid’s: The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Wan-Long Shang

True Crime: I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara

Group Reads: Heaven by V.C. Andrews, Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan, and I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara

I enjoyed everything I read this month!

 

My favorite read for the month.

 

One of my new favorites for the month (I also finished the trilogy this year!)

My favorite re-read & for Peter Monn’s Book Club.

 

 

Another Peter Monn Book Club pick and also counted toward my quarterly true crime. I liked this one a lot better than my first one this year.

 

Read this for my friend’s book club and it was really fun! Can’t wait for the movie.

 

I thought it was only fair that my dog, Traveler,
be the one to pose for my childhood read.

 

 

So what did you read in May and what were your favorites? Have you read any of these? Would love to hear from you in the comments!

 

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May Goals Wrap-Up & June Goals 2018

Here are my reading and writing goals for May. Let’s see how I did!

Reading Goals

1. Read Madame Bovary for my classic read.

2. Read a childhood book.

3. Read a new children’s book.

4. Start a new True Crime quarterly read

5. Read Heaven by V.C. Andrews for Peter’s Book Club

6. Read Crazy Rich Asians for Mini Book Club

 

Writing Goals

1. Work on my VCA recaps for the blog

2. Work on editing The Birthday Bash

 

I’m sad I didn’t get to my classic read but May ended up being a pretty busy month for me. I’ve decided that for now, I’m going to put Madame Bovary on the back burner. Going forward, I intend to finish The Count of Monte Cristo before I start any new classics because I really want to read that before going to Paris. Also hope to get to Madame Bovary as well.

 

I accomplished my other reading goals and while I didn’t do any editing, I definitely plan on doing some during June.

 

Here are my goals for June:

Reading Goals

1. Work on reading The Count of Monte Cristo.

2. Read a childhood book.

3. Read a new children’s book (And Tango Makes Three)

4. Read for Pride month

5. Read She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb for Peter’s Book Club

6. Read Endless Night by Richard Laymon for Peter’s Book Club

*7 Read book for Mini Book Club if title selected/available in time

 

Writing Goals

1. Work on my VCA recaps for the blog

2. Work on editing The Birthday Bash

 

 

What goals did you accomplish so far this year or are there any you have for June? I would love to hear them!

 

The Book vs the Movie: Ready Player One

Book written by Ernest Cline, 2011
Movie directed by Stephen Spielberg, 2018

 

Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

 

In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

 

When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

 

 

VS

 

Which I Viewed First: The book.

Which I Enjoyed Most: The book.

Out of 5 stars, the Book Gets: 5 stars.

Out of 5 stars, the Movie Gets: 2 stars.

Things the Book Did Better: Character development, plot, atmosphere, relationships, 80s references.

Things the Movie Did Better:  Certain 80s aspects, such as the horror icons. I also thought The Shining scene was kind of neat. It always kind of bothered me that Horror was kind of neglected reference wise in the book.

Verdict?: The book. My husband and I had an amazing audiobook experience while on a road trip. We were so pumped for the movie but unfortunately, it didn’t live up to expectations and most of the characters fell flat, which made it almost painful to watch. I had higher hopes, especially with Spielberg directing!

It felt too rushed and probably would have been better as three movies. My husband was so annoyed that he immediately listened to the book again to wash the taste of the movie out of his mind. So…yeah. The movie had its moments but I’m not sure I’d ever watch it again. The Horror elements were pretty cool, though, which is mostly what saves the rating.

Should the movie be re-made?: No way!

What do you think? Agree, disagree? Would love to hear your thoughts!

 

See more Book VS Movie posts HERE.

 

 

2018 Jan-April Book Haul & UnHaul

 

January 2018

 

I started off 2018 with more books than I was expecting but to be fair, I did try to find these at the library first with no success. So far I have read 2 of these (The Phantom of the Opera & The House with a Clock in its Walls), am working on another (The Count of Monte Cristo), and plan to read 3 of the others this year for sure.

 

8 Books Total

2/8 Read

 

I also ended up Unhauling 2 Books in January. It’s a little ironic that one is by an author I hauled but while it ended up being enjoyable enough, it isn’t something I’d probably revisit. I didn’t care that much for Conspiracy 365: January.

 

 

Below are the 2 books that I checked out from the library. I also got The Underground Railroad on Overdrive as an audiobook.

Even though I felt a little excessive with my 8 book haul, I still think I did a lot better than in the past. I didn’t really receive many books for Christmas, unhauled two books, and checked out a couple from the library.

 

February 2018

 

Since I was moving away from my awesome library outlet, I decided to grab these. I’ve already read The Hate U Give and loved it. I will probably read the Berlin guide before our trip there later on this year.

 

 

One Saturday I decided to check out my new local used bookstore and got all of the above for $20! I read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and would like to read the other 3 but I’m not sure if it will happen or not.

 

8 Books Total

 

2/8 Read

 

I also had to buy these because they were too adorable not to. These are from Target.

 

 

I checked out these 2 books from my library.

I also checked out the audio book for The Woman in the Window from Overdrive. Finding a physical copy at my new library was impossible due to the wait.

 

 

Moving got crazy so I didn’t technically unhaul anything but I do have a pile of books I am considering for it that I will probably get to soon.

 

March 2018

 

I decided to go ahead and grab the sequel to You since it was on Book Outlet and also got a book a friend highly recommended, The Darkest Corners. I went to my library one last time before I moved and they had an autographed paperback of Mother, Mother in the outlet section. So I decided to snag it and unhaul the other one later. I plan to definitely get to Hidden Bodies and The Darkest Corners this year.

 

3 Books Total

0/3 Read

I got the 4 books below from my local library for March.

 

 

April 2018

 

In April, I didn’t buy any books!

 

I checked out 7 books from my library, though! I also got the audio versions of The Princess Diarist and The Scarlet Letter from Overdrive.

 

 

Overall I think I am doing better at being more mindful of the books I’m buying and using my library more. Moving hundreds of books is a great way to make you realize just how many books you already own.

 

So in four months, I hauled 19 Books, Unhauled 2, and Checked out 16 from the Library/Overdrive. Not bad!

 

What books have you hauled or unhauled lately?

 

 

Books in April 2018

Hey guys, I’m still not posting as much as I’d like but I do feel like I’m getting back into the groove a lot better than I was. Here are the books I read in April!

 

In April, I read seven books. Since the library stickers are pretty intrusive, I will also list the titles here: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann, The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher, Red Clocks by Leni Zumas, Speak: the Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson & Emily Carroll, The Bumper Book by Watty Piper, and Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle.

 

Favorite(s): Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann & Speak: the Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson and Emily Carroll

Classic: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Childhood: The Bumper Book by Watty Piper

New Kid’s: Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle

NonFiction: The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

Group Read: Red Clocks by Leni Zumas

 

I enjoyed everything I read this month.

 

My favorite book of April was Let’s Talk About Love. The story and main character were adorable and the writing cracked me up. Diverse read with a black romantic asexual main character, interracial romance, and other side characters of varying sexualities and races.

 

The novel Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson has been a favorite since I first read it. I was excited when I learned a graphic novel was coming out and it was perfect. I cannot wait to get my own copy of this. The illustrations fit the story.

 

My classic read for the month was The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Once I managed to get through the prologue, I ended up enjoying it a lot even though I knew the general premise thanks to pop culture.

 

My first nonfiction pick of the year ended up being The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher. I mostly listened to the audiobook since Carrie narrated everything but the actual journals, which were done by her daughter, Billie Piper. She really brought her story to life in the audio and there were several times I laughed out loud. RIP.

 

I adored Eric Carle as a child but didn’t remember this one so I decided it would make a great pick for my new kid’s book. It was beautiful and fun.

 

The Bumper Book is a book from my childhood. Even though I feel like I liked the illustrations more than the stories themselves as a kid, it was still enjoyable. There was one story that rubbed me the wrong way but overall I liked the rest and the illustrations were still really nice to revisit.

 

What did you read in April and what were your favorites? Have you read any of these? Would love to hear from you in the comments!

April Goals Wrap-Up & May Goals 2018

 

Here are my reading and writing goals for April. Let’s see how I did!

Reading Goals

1. Read The Scarlet Letter for my classic read.

2. Read a childhood book.

3. Read a new children’s book.

4. Finish Perfect Town, Perfect Murder for my True Crime quarterly read (ended up DNFing this one)

5. Read The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher for my Non-Fiction quarterly read

6. Read Red Clocks for my Group Read

 

Writing Goals

1. Work on my VCA recaps for the blog

2. Do a writing prompt for a friend

 

I feel I did a pretty good job for April and tried really hard to finish Perfect Town, Perfect Murder, but it was just too long and repetitive. It wasn’t worth the time to finish it. I’m still counting it for half a book, though.

 

Here are my goals for May:

Reading Goals

1. Read Madame Bovary for my classic read.

2. Read a childhood book.

3. Read a new children’s book.

4. Start a new True Crime quarterly read

5. Read Heaven by V.C. Andrews for Peter’s Book Club

6. Read Crazy Rich Asians for Mini Book Club

 

Writing Goals

1. Work on my VCA recaps for the blog

2. Work on editing The Birthday Bash

 

 

What goals did you accomplish so far this year or are there any you have for May? I would love to hear them!