June: A Look Back And A Look Forward!

Hello people! I hope you all are happy and safe, and I hope some amazing books are keeping you company! Since June is the halfway point I decided to start looking at my goals, to see how well (or how not so well) I am doing with them. And in June I won’t have a TBR, but I would try and read some books towards my goals, so let’s go!

In January I wrote a post with all my goals for this year, and then I decided to keep a sort of graph with the books I read for them. I am not an artistic person, but I think these are helpful all the same, at least to me!
The one goal that I am failing is also, luckily, the one that is less important to me: reading a non-fiction book each month. Because, to be honest, this goal is here to help me read some non-fiction because I want to read them, but usually I get sidetracked by all the shiny and intriguing fiction books, so I need some help to rein in my enthusiasm and read also other things. So I decided on a goal, but the important thing to me is to read some non-fiction books, if by the end of the year I read 12 of them I would be immensely happy, but if I manage to read even only 6 of them, I would be happy all the same. And so far I have read 3 of them (4 if we count June reading, but we are not doing that here!).
And the only one I am not doing so great is the nonfantasy books one. And this one is a bit more critical because I tend to go back to fantasy (and lately sci-fi) because they are the ones I prefer, obviously, but these two genres are not the only ones I enjoy. And it is always good to try and go out of your comfort zone, at least from time to time. But I am lazy and I love my routines so I need the goal to help me try and branch out more. My goal was to read at least 3 of them each month, and I am a month behind because I should have read 15 of them and I have read “only” 12.

With all the other goals I am doing well, and with one in particular I am doing amazingly good: reading at least 3 physical books each month. This one is going so well! I have read 18 of them so far, and I really hope to keep the trend going. And I am also doing good with the ARCs, but the problem here is that I should stop requesting them, but I am not doing so well on this part. But oh well…
And then I wrote some lists of books that I really wanted to read (books I want to read this year, and books that I wanted to read last year but didn’t) and I am doing quite good with them, too. I could have done better, that’s sure, but I can’t really complain too:

Those are the books that I have read from the first list. 4 out of 10 is not amazing, but it is not bad either. And the best part is that I loved 3 out of 4, and I enjoyed the 4th one, so double yay here!

And I have read 5 books out of 10 from the second list. And they all were amazing! So, if on one hand, I am here cursing myself because I haven’t read them before, I am also really proud of myself, because I did pretty good with them!

I don’t know if I would do some TBR this Summer, it would mainly depend on my mood I think, but I know that in June especially, and during all the Summer too, I would try and get back on track with all my goals. In June I would try my best with the ARCs, and maybe with the series too, and then for the rest of the Summer, I would try and read more nonfantasy books!

And that’s all for today! How are you doing with your goals? And are you planning something for your Summer reading?? Let me know!

Happy reading!

17 thoughts on “June: A Look Back And A Look Forward!

  1. Reading Tonic says:

    Looks like you’re doing great on your goals! I really like the colourful graphs…What are the numbers inside the squares? I wish I were half as organised as you are! With this heatwave the only books I can think of for the summer tbr are fantasy….

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    • Susy's Cozy World says:

      Thank you!! And each month I write down the books I read on a planner, so I have something like: “Books read in January 1) this book 2)this other one…” and then I write down the number of the books into the squares, so if I need to double check something is faster. And I am quite surprised by my organization because usually I start with all the best intentions and then I loose myself on the way.
      And I hope you would read a lot of amazing fantasy (even if heatwaves suck!)

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  2. Realms of My Mind says:

    I love your graphs! It’s fun to see your progress on a chart. I understand where you’re coming from with your non-fiction goal, you want to push yourself to do something different, but still have fun while you’re reading. Sounds like you’re on the right track!

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  3. @lynnsbooks says:

    Lovely post and graphs. You’re doing great. I don’t tend to have goals because I am so terrible at them. The only real goal that I challenge myself to is to try and read 100 books during the year – and I’m failing with that so far this year – whoops.
    Lynn πŸ˜€

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    • Susy's Cozy World says:

      Thank you!! And I love to challenge myself because I have fun with graphs and lists (I love to write down lists of books to read!!) and because sometimes they help me to not feel too overwhelmed by all the books out there. Sometimes deciding what to read is the hardest thing and this can help a lot!!
      And good luck with your challenge, we are in June so there is still a lot of time!! 😊


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