Mid-Year Check In- Book Haul + Goals Review

Hello friends! I hope you are all doing well :) Can you believe we are halfway through the year? Honestly, it’s a bit scary to think that we still have another 6 months of 2020 left, considering all that has happened this year already. Hopefully things will only go up from here!

Today I wanted to take a look at the reading and blogging goals I set for myself for this year, and check in on where I am! I also thought I would do a mid-year haul, since I do not purchase nearly as many books as I used to, so I do not really share hauls anymore.

Let’s get on with the goals!

Blogging Goals:

  • Post at least once a week (but aim for 2)-

I have successfully uploaded two posts every single week this year (except for the first week of June when I only uploaded one), every Tuesday and Thursday! This is major for me because blogging was always so inconsistent for me, and I never followed a super strict schedule. However, assigning designated posting days has helped me out so much, and I’m so glad I did it!

  • Write one book review per month– ✅

Another success in the books! I have posted at least one review every month so far this year because I planned out all of my posts ahead of time, which has helped ensure that I get them up! I usually slack on posting reviews because they take me the longest time to write. I wanted to change that this year because I find reviews so helpful, and I love writing them!

  • Utilize Pinterest more– ❌

My first fail. I wanted to start using Pinterest this year as a way to generate more readers. But, quite honestly, I feel like it is just more effort than it’s worth for me. I love Pinterest, and I create boards all of the time, but I don’t think it’s something that is necessary for me at this time with my blog. In the future, I might try to incorporate it more, but this goal will probably remain unsuccessful for the duration of the year.

  • Hit 1000 followers– ✅

I can’t believe I actually hit 1000 followers on here!! I am so so grateful to every single one of you who has ever read one of my posts and enjoyed it enough to follow my blog. I created this blog because I wanted an outlet for myself to write and express myself, and I never thought it would get this far. Thank you <3

Reading Goals:

  • Read 52 books-

As of when I am posting this, I have surpassed my reading challenge of 52 books and I am at 56!! Last year I read over 100 books, so I knew reaching 52 would not be hard. However, I wanted to put less pressure on myself to constantly read more and more. I probably wouldn’t have hit 52 already if it weren’t for quarantine being a thing since March and thus having much more free time on my hands. But, I am so happy with how much I’ve been reading, no matter the reason!

  • Read 1 ARC a month-

Surprisingly, I’ve been reading quite a few of my ARCs this year, and even many prior to their release date (what was once a rare occurrence for me).

  • Read 1 e-book a month-

If you’ve read any of my TBR posts this year (or follow me on Instagram), you know that I pick one e-book from my TBR jar to read every single month! So far, I have read all of the ones I’ve picked, woohoo! I am awful at actually getting to my e-books, so I am glad that I can say I have actually gotten through quite a few of them this year.

  • Get my owned TBR to under 50 books-

At the start of the year, I had about 100 books on my owned TBR shelf on Goodreads (meaning I own the book but have not read it yet). I wanted to prioritize books I already have instead of borrowing or buying new ones.

As of now, I have gotten it down to about 75 books. This is not ideal at all, but I think that I will be able to get this down even more before the end of the year. Hopefully.

  • Buy under 10 books-

It is June and I have technically been successful with this, but I already purchased 9 books, which means I can’t buy anymore for the remainder of the year. Can I do it? Honestly, I do not have a lot of faith in myself. In all fairness, this number would have been lower had it not been for quarantine (I was only at 4), but the longer I was stuck at home, the more I needed something to cheer me up- which meant I was doing some online book shopping. I know, terrible excuse, but it happened and it’s too late to change that now!!

Haul:

This haul is only the books that I myself purchased. It does not include any books that were sent to me by publishers, gifted to me, or won in a giveaway!

  • Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid*
  • The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin*
  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  • Picking Cotton by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton*
  • Nutshell by Ian McEwan*
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  • A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
  • Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo*
  • The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
*Books I’ve already read

How are you doing with your resolutions so far? I think it’s important to take a look at your goals periodically and make sure you are on the right track!

I think for the most part, I will be overall successful at the end of the year, if things go as planned!

10 thoughts on “Mid-Year Check In- Book Haul + Goals Review

  1. Wow! I’m so impressed with how well you’re going with your goals! I’m scared to check my goals post because I don’t think I’d have nearly as much to check off! The one thing I know I’m proud of is how consistently posts have gone up on my blog. Normally during finals me and my co-blogger go AWOL, but this semester we managed to post throughout our entire semester, and it feels amazing to have achieved that!

    I really want to try using Pinterest! I didn’t make it an official goal in the beginning of the year, but I’ve read some posts about how it’s a wonderful promotional tool, so I want to test it out for myself!

    And I’m still super impressed with how few books you’ve bought for yourself! I normally don’t buy very many books because I use my library, but since my library has closed I’ve been buying SO many books! It’s really getting out of hand at this point! If I had made a limit of how many books I could buy this year, I definitely would be over it and it’s only halfway through the year!

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    1. Ahh thank you so much!! I’m honestly shocked that I’ve been able to tick off so many goals, too, but I doubt it’ll look this good at the end of the year hahaha! Being out of school for finals week this semester (bc of corona) definitely helped me stay consistent these last few months, too.

      Also, the same day this post went up (today), I made a huge online book purchase, so don’t feel worry- I’m a big book buyer, too! I held off for as long as I could, but I finally caved!!

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  2. Well done on reaching so many of your goals!! I definitely need to do my own mid-year review with my own 2020 goals, even if it’s not on the blog.
    That’s also so impressive how few books you’ve bought!! I only tend to buy ebooks but I’ve taken to just scrolling Amazon and buying so many even though I still have books to read. Definitely need to try and stop that habit!
    Loved reading this post and hope the rest of the year is just as good!<3

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  3. Ahh congratulations on sticking to so many of your goals already, you’re doing so great! and congratulations on 1000 followers, what an incredible accomplishment. <3 I feel like keeping a schedule and knowing when I'm posting has helped me a lot in keeping consistency on my blog for the past years, I'm happy to hear it is working out well for you! :)
    Happy reading!! :D

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