It is officially crunch time, folks.
This wasn’t necessarily my best year for reading. Especially once August rolled around. Junior year has been extremely busy, and for the months of August, September, and October, I was averaging 1-2 books a month.
Not ideal for a reading goal of 55 books that I was already woefully behind on.
Mia over @ Pen and Parchment was having similar woes. So last month, she proposed that we both set our goal to 45 books and try to finish out the year together.
I agreed, and since November, I’ve read nine books (which is, like, a 1000% increase) and I’ve been as happy as… an oyster? Clam? The point is, I forgot how much I love reading. In my free time, I’ve stopped watching Netflix and started READING! What a concept.
So anyway, we’re really coming down to the wire at this point. Mia and I are both scrambling to finish (if you want to see Mia’s take on this, she has a similar post on our challenge you should check out!).
Currently, I’m at book number 40 out of 45, and 2018 isn’t over just yet! More than just wanting to finish the challenge, I really want to complete it this year for a few reasons:
- First of all, 2018 has been an amazing year. Honestly, it’s been one of my best years to date. With school, extracurriculars, friends, and just the things I’ve accomplished, I’ve had a really happy year. I think ending it with a completed Goodreads challenge will be the icing on the cake.
- I haven’t completed a Goodreads Reading Challenge since 2015. Admittedly, those middle school days were a simpler time of little homework and more downtime. But still! It’s been three years, and it’s high time I beat it again.
- I kind of fell out of love with books towards the end of this year. This year was great, and I did a lot of amazing things but… reading fell by the wayside. Which is totally a normal thing – it’s hard to stay on top of everything at the same time (this blog is the perfect example of this), but I’d be lying if I said it didn’t make a little bit sad. I kind of went out of my way to avoid reading until November when I started shooting for this challenge again, and that scared me. I love reading. I don’t want to ever let it go.
That experience reminded of why this reading challenge can be so amazing. Yes, it can be stressful, and can make reading feel like work. But sometimes, I just need a little extra push. I need to be told to read so that I actually do, so that I remember why I adore it so much.
So here we are! It’s the day after Christmas (happy holidays, by the way!), meaning that there are six days until New Year’s Eve. I have five books left to read until then. I’ve always been terrible at following a TBR (mood reader over here) so I’m not really making one. I will say that I plan to only read really short books until next week. Anything 350+ is being saved for 2019.
I’m currently reading Bygone Badass Broads by Mackenzi Lee (shhh it totally counts) and Dreamology by Lucy Keating. I’m listening to the audiobook for Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco (Thomas Cresswell is one of my new faves). Hopefully, I can finish them in the next couple of days and then pick my final two books.
If you, like me, are scrambling to finish your 2018 reading goal and think that you can’t… you can! I 100% believe in you! Maybe 2018 rocked for you, and maybe it sucked. Either way, it doesn’t mean you can’t still go out with a reading bang. So get out of here, and get reading!
That’s it for this post. Are you still rushing to finish your Goodreads goal? Have you already beat it? (In which case, go you!)
How many books do you have left to read if you haven’t? Do you love/hate reading challenges? Tell me in the comments! 🙂