OK, 2016—just where do you think you're going, huh? Well? You're going too fast, and you know it!
Here we are, in June already. I don't know if any of you feel the same, but much of the past six months have been a blur. It's been the usual struggle to find time to read and blog, but I told myself at the beginning of the year that I would just do what I could with the time I had for both. There are moments when it's harder to accept that adulting must take up the majority of the precious hours of each day, but overall I'm pretty satisfied with the number of books I've read so far in 2016 and with the blog's output.
I've read 18 books since January, which is 2 behind where I should be at this point in order to make my goal of 40. I'm behind, but not too far so. I'm determined to get my Goodreads Reading Challenge badge for 2016!
At the start of the year, I also made a list of books I hoped to read during 2016, and thus far I've read 9 of them. I've found that I really like having the list. I like having a solid idea of what I'm reading next with the flexibility to choose from several options.
On the blogging side, I finally made the inaugural NYC Reads post. And so far, it's been the only NYC Reads post, LOL. I promise there will be more, that this isn't yet another feature that I tried once and will never do again.
I've been slightly more consistent at writing discussion posts this year, but not much. Again, it comes back to lack of time. I have a list of possible topics jotted down in my trusty planner, but it's the actually sitting down and writing them part where I fall short. I've been trying to be better about sticking to a writing routine, even if I'm just scribbling down random thoughts (and believe me, they are very random, indeed) for 5 minutes. I'm hoping that this will evolve into regular discussion post writing sessions.
I'll wrap up this look back at the first half of the year by returning to books, and in particular, my First Half of the Year Faves:
The Raven King
First Half of the Year Fave doesn't actually apply to The Raven King because it is my Undisputed Fave of All of 2016. AND I got to meet Maggie Stiefvater earlier this month, which truly makes 2016 The Year of The Raven King.
A Gathering of Shadows
Victoria Schwab worked her magic yet again with this fantastic sequel.
A Court of Mist and Fury
Sarah J. Maas
Another phenomenal sequel. I'm still trying to cool off from reading this scorcher.
Poison or Protect
Speaking of heat, there's quite a bit of it packed into this novella. Lots of humor, too.
It didn't take very long at all for me to become completely absorbed by this first installment in the newest Shadowhunter series.
How are you guys doing with your reading challenges, blogging goals, etc. for 2016?