10 Bookish Goals for 2022: Quarter 2 Check-in

Well half the year is gone…. I don’t know where it went, what I’ve done. I swear I just did this last month lol. Anyways, let’s see if I’ve improved from last check in (here if you’re curious). Last time I did this check in I thought I had done poorly, but then turns out I was doing well. I haven’t look at this at all since… so let’s see how this goes lol.

Goal 1: Goodreads/StoryGraph Reading Goal

This one is fairly simple: I want to read 150 books by the end of the year.

200 Books Goal (56% 113 Books)
70,000 Pages Goal (52% 36,566)

So I’ve upped this… now I’m aiming for 200 books by the end of the year. I’ve just did the same thing I did at the beginning of the year to figure out my goal for page count (200 x 350 pages). I’m falling a little behind (in comparison) as far as pages go, but I think a couple of big books will catch me up. Halfway through the year, more than halfway to reaching my goal – I’m very happy with this.

Goal 2: Use StoryGraph to track reading stats

I love the graphs that StoryGraph has so I want to use it specifically for tracking what I’ve read. I also want to use the challenges in it: Buzzword and Little Inkling Year Long Readathons.

I’ve been good at keeping this up to date, except for tracking the Reading Challenges. I seem to only update those as I do these check ins. Not great, but at least I’m eventually tracking it (unlike my spreadsheet lol).

Goal 3: Track Instagram Numbers

Last year I really focused on my Instagram account and I would have loved to see the growth, but I never thought of tracking it when I was just starting – never thought of this until year wrap-ups started.

Ok so I haven’t been keeping track of these numbers at the end of each month at all. I know it’s going up, which is what we want lol. I’m happy with my account growth considering I haven’t been pushing as hard as the later half last year. I’m hoping to join a couple follow all’s if I feel I want to do another big jump. I’m curious if my growth will continue this way (a little higher growth each quarter!!). I’m a Unplugged Subscription Box Rep for the Summer (use code NINE5 to save at checkout) so I’m hoping that’ll grow my account – and if nothing else I’m having a great time! I’m really hoping to reapply come Fall (they sound like a lot of exciting books and merch to come!).

Again, for my numbers people:
January: approx. 2,300
April: 2,579
June: 2,821

For those of you who are curious, I’m at 2,579 when I’m writing this and I believe I was closer to 2,300 when I started the year.

Goal 4: Improve Netgalley Ratio

My Netgalley Ratio is out of control! I went years with asking for everything then forgetting to read/review them so now I’m at 25% and it will take large numbers to start increasing that. Right now I’ve got a three milestone goals for this one: 30% (approx. 20 ARCs), 33% (approx. 25 ARCs), and 35% (approx. 35 ARCs).

I have officially abandoned ship and created a new Netgalley Account. I’m using my old account for Tours because I get a lot each month as part of the TBR and Beyond Tours team. This new one will be used for ones I’m really excited for and Read Nows. Hopefully I can keep this one up-to-date.

As of right now, it’s not very good: 13% (2/16). Not great, BUT I’m planning on reading a lot to catch up over the summer 🀞

Goal 5: Buy Less / Read from My Shelves

I’ve said this before, but I’d really like to focus on what I already own. I own way too many unread books. I’m working on getting the exact stats on this before I can be specific, but I would like to have my TBR be mostly books I already own – 65% sounds like a realistic number considering the number of ARCs I’m hoping to get to. Hopefully I can give better breakdown numbers by April.

I went a little crazy with my spreadsheet and figured out a ratio formula so I can now compare Borrowed/KU to Owned/ARCs – I’ve decided not to split into new and previous right now – maybe next year now that I’ve decided again that I want to track this lol.

Owned : Borrowed Ratio 77:33

Pie Chart showing Owned to Borrowed Percentages
Owned: 48.7%; ARCs: 18%; Borrowed: 30.1%; KU: 2.7%
Owned: 48.7%; ARCs: 18%; Borrowed: 30.1%; KU: 2.7%

OMG! 66.7% baby! I’m so happy I managed to reach that random 65% goal I gave myself lol. Even if it is just a little bit, especially since I hadn’t made it last quarter – and it’s a great surprise because I learned this right as I was making the pie chart and ratio formula lol.

Goal 6: Finish 15 Series

Going with the idea of reading from my shelves, I want to finish more series this year! I’m co-hosting a group that focuses on finishing old series. We’ll read one book a month until we finish a series, then pick a new one. So at the very least I will finish whatever we pick for those, but I also want to finish more – I have a list of 10 series I want to start/finish this year that I’ll share later this month.

I’ve colour coded each quarter to keep track of what has been completed by Quarter 1 (blue) versus Quarter 2 (purple) and forward.

I’ve finished these so far this year:

  • Girls of Paper and Fire trilogy by Natasha Ngan
  • Thousand Worlds duology by Yoon Ha Lee
  • Convenant by Jennifer L Armentrout
  • It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey
  • The STEMinist Novellas by Ali Hazelwood
  • Fright Watch by Lorien Lawrence (I think it’s only a duology, but I’d be happy to be wrong)
  • The Oddmire Trilogy by William Ritter

I’ve caught up on these:

  • Spoiler Alert trilogy by Olivia Dade (need Book 3 now!)
  • Warward Children by Seanan McGuire
  • Crescent City by Sarah J Maas (another series I’m impatiently waiting for the next book)
  • From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L Armentrout (more!)
  • Veronica Speedwell Series vy Deanna Raybourn (no clue when the next ones are coming)

Even though I didn’t finish as many as the first quarter (and I started and continued but didn’t finish a few too), I’m very happy with my progress. Finishing 7 series and catching up on another 5 incomplete series is amazing for just 6 months! I would love to finish off more series I have on the go and even better if I started finishing the ones I picked as priority series lol (progress on that to come).

Goal 7: Read more Subscription Box Books

I have a bunch–way too many– unread subscription box books that I really want to focus on finishing this year. I have a list of 5 books I want to make sure I read this year that I’ll share later this month.

I’ve added a new section in my Tracking Spreadsheet for Subscription Box Books (which again I need to update because I’ve gotten a few new ones since) so I’ll be way better at tracking what I’ve read. This year I’ve managed to read a whole 2 books πŸ˜’ I have one on my TBR this month and another for next month though so progress? As for the 5 on my Must Reads of 22, I’m managed 1.

Wow… I only read another 2 books from my subscription boxes – and I’ve added even more to the list of unread ones! I don’t know if I’ll ever catch up – because I just don’t seem to prioritize them and I don’t know why. Oh and neither of the two that I’ve read were from the list of 5 from my Must Read of 2022 (why do I do this to myself?).

Goal 8: Use my Little Inkling Planner more

I’ve bought a Little Inkling Planner this year – this will be the third one – and I want to make sure I use it more than just on the month calendar page. I’m hoping setting this time aside will be relaxing.

I’ve failed on this a little bit. I’ve abandoned tracking my daily reading and I haven’t been keeping up with printing covers for when I finish. But I have been using it to track what blog posts are going up and keeping track of what I need to do in TBR and Beyond Tours. I’m hoping to make using it more of a habit over the summer when I have a little bit of time.

I’m just not using it the way I was hoping to. When I should be doing these, updating and listening to an audiobook at night. But by that point I just want to zone out and focus on reading. Do you have any advice on how to get me to prioritize this more often – or maybe I should just give up and just get a normal agenda for tracking Tours and plan blog posts.

Goal 9: Get to know my reading better

My hope that using StoryGraph will give me a better idea of what I like in books. I’ve done years where I throw out random genres that I want to read more, but this year I want to see where I naturally gravitate towards. I also want to take into consideration my ratings. I may read 50 YA Fantasies, but that’s only good if I’m enjoying the majority.

Honestly, I haven’t been keeping track of this. I’ve glanced at the pie chart on StoryGraph, but haven’t really looked at it. I probably wont until the midway mark or just the end of the year. I’m hoping this helps more with next year’s reading plans/goals.

I’ve been mood reading more and more this year. I don’t know if this is getting me to know my reading more, but I’m reading more than just YA Fantasies all the time lol. I do check the StoryGraph pie chart, but I don’t know if it’s helping me exactly – other than I’m reading a lot of adventurous (usually middle grades and fantasies), emotional (hard hitting contemporary), dark (horror, thrillers, dark fantasies – basically all my dark moody reads), mysterious (well that makes sense from thrillers and mysteries), and lighthearted (romances). I don’t feel like that’s surprising, but does show what I’m gravitating towards in my mood reading. I think this will prove more useful once I have a couple years worth of pie charts.

Goal 10: Post Regularly and Plan Breaks

Last year I tried to post regularly, but there were some weeks where I was posting 7 days a week then randomly down to 2, then randomly back up to 5 then stop for weeks then back. It’s not what I want. I want to regularly post between 3 and 5 times a week. I’m not going to worry about days of the weeks since I have a lot of tour posts which can be any day, but I want to focus on the number. If tours force me up to 7 days (it has happened) then I want to make sure I don’t just drop off. I also know that I have a tendency to hit a breaking point at certain times of the year. I want to either plan head for those times OR take the time off and announce that. That all being said, I want it to still be fun – the other reason to include breaks.

I actually think I’ve stayed pretty close to this goal. There have been a couple weeks where I posted little or nothing, but one of those was when I was having a hard time at work and was allergic to computers lol. I’m happy with how the blog has been growing with my consistent posting and same with my Instagram account. I have to start thinking about my summer schedule because we plan to start doing some home renos and I know that’ll take up a lot of time.

I’ve been posting regularly and haven’t had a break – unscheduled or otherwise – other than at the beginning of the year and I think I posted less than sometime in April because of the end of the school year.

I’m really happy with my progress and I think where I’ve failed I think I’ve thought of a better goal (or will just remove all together) – which I guess is helpful overall!

How are you doing with your goals so far this year? Let me know in the comments!

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