2017 Mid-Year Check In

2017 Mid-Year Check InTime for my 2017 mid-year check in. The year’s been clipping along nicely, hasn’t it? Somehow I’ve managed to keep a good handle on my reading and blogging for this first half of the year! I suspect my habits will change when I start an MLIS programme in the fall. I have not modified my goals to reflect the change in lifestyle. We’ll see how it plays out. I will likely take a hiatus in August or September, depending on how many posts I can scheduled ahead. Now let’s take a look at my 2017 personal reading goals (progress on official challenges is documented here).

Personal Reading Goals

  • 54/100 books read – Four books ahead! (At of time of writing on 4 July). I have been at or ahead of my goal for most of this year. I intend to keep ahead until September. After that, no promises…
  • 3/6 books by Indigenous Canadians  – On track. Doesn’t include the Indigenous graphic novel (Will I See?) I read and reviewed.
  • 1/4 books about Japanese spirituality   This goal needs some work. I just blazed through Japanese Pilgrimage last weekend, which reignited my interest in reading about the Shikoku Henro.
  • 3/5 books about/by J.R.R. Tolkien (not including re-reads) – Not bad! I should reach six.
  • Read more picture books and graphic novels (esp. ones people assume I’ve already read…) – Hurrah, I have been doing this! I started reading a manga series (A Silent Voice). I have read all the picture books on my TBR. I noticed I’d been slacking on this goal a bit in the past few months. I’ve been making an effort to pick it up this month. I should especially pick up more graphic novels.

These last three goals have been a bit of wishful thinking…I’m surprised at how much contemporary middle grade I’ve been reading! I will attempt to keep these goals in mind moving forward, but unlike the goals above, I’m not too concerned about pursuing them. I’ll read what I want to read.

  • Read more classic middle grade and speculative fiction middle grade 
  • Read more non-fiction
  • Reread more!

Blogging

I didn’t set any specific blogging goals this year. In the back of my mind, however, I’ve still been aiming for at minimum 8 posts/month, with ideally 2 posts/week (one review, one other). At least I’ve been making the minimum goal! (if you average it out, haha.) I have been putting more effort into book photography and graphics. I’ve also been finding a lot of inspiration from other bloggers for non-review posts. June ended up being a bit heavy on that front. I will try to get the balance right (♫ get the balance riiiiiiiight, whoo Depeche Mode ♫) in the upcoming months.

Ratings Recap

I have done an informal review of the 50 books I read this year,  but I’d still like to take a closer look at Goodreads ratings (as I have in past years). This helps me keep an eye on quality (as opposed to just quantity, which my goals above measure). I have an inkling that the reading’s been particularly good this year. My general goal is to increase the number of 4 and 5 star reads and decrease the number of 3, 2, and 1 star reads – thus improving the over quality of my reading.

  • I’ve read 12 ★★★★★ books.
    • Compared to last year: +4, and doesn’t include any rereads (four 5 star books in 2016 were rereads).
  • I’ve read 31 ★★★★ books.
    • Compared to last year: +12
  • I’ve read 8 ★★★ books.
    • Compared to last year: -1
  • I’ve read 2 ★★ books.
    • Compared to last year: -1
  • I’ve read 0 ★ book.
    • Compared to last year: -1

Not bad!! I’m very pleased with those numbers. I think I’m getting the hang of picking better books (I may also be a little more generous with my 5 and 4 stars than I’ve been in the past…). 2017 is turning out to be a great reading year. Compiling a best of at year end will be difficult. How is your reading going this year? Are you keeping up with any challenges, goals or resolutions?

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  • Savannah Aleksic

    Looks like you’ve been reading better books this year! And I hope you can keep up your book count haha. I start to lose steam towards the end of the year as well.

  • Good numbers indeed 🙂 you seem to be doing well on your goals! I’m a little behind… I hope I can catch up.

    • Thank-you! ^^ There’s still a lot of time left to catch up! (And a lot of time for me to fall behind again, haha…)

  • Seems like you’re having a great year so far! I read A Silent Voice earlier in the year and thought it was very impressive. Hope you love it!

    • Thank-you~ I have read 3 volumes and I am enjoying it so far! It’s different from the other manga I’ve read.

  • Erica Robyn

    Awesome recap!! Congratulations on doing well so far! 🙂 If you’ve ever looking for a comic/graphic novel recommendation, check out my Goodreads shelf.

  • It looks like you’re having a great year so far! I’m a little jealous that you’ve read so many 5 & 4-star books. I haven’t fared quite so well, but at least I’m *almost* caught up on my Goodreads challenge!