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Six Month Check-In: 2019 Literary Resolutions

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We’re officially six months into the year, and I thought it would be fun to do a check-in on my 2019 Literary Resolutions to see how far I’ve come.

At the beginning of the year I came up with the following vague-on-purpose literary resolutions:

  • Read different genres
  • Read at least 5 classics
  • Listen to at least one audiobook

My main resolution was to only read the books that I want to read, not the books I think I should read simply because “everyone else is reading them.”

Where do I stand, six months later?

  • In the last six months I have read more children’s and young adult books than ever before. This was to be expected due to one of my classes in the spring which was devoted to reading multicultural children’s and young adult literature. Since taking that class, I have made a point to seek out diverse YA literature which I have now made part of my regular reading. I am right on track with this resolution.
  • I haven’t read one book that would qualify as being a classic so far. This must change! I already know which books I want to start with, I simply haven’t gotten to them yet.
  • I’ve listened to two audiobooks! Marry Poppins by P.L. Travers and The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais. I’m not entirely sure if/when I’ll listen to any more audiobooks this year, but either way this resolution has been met.
  • I have read quite a few “just for me” books since the spring and it has been glorious. Some were re-reads and others were books I’ve just been wanting to read for a while. I realized that this resolution ties in with my complete lack of desire to review things on NetGalley, or to read the newest books as soon as they appear. NetGalley rarely has books I am actually interested in, to be quite honest. And more often than not, whenever I go out of my way to read The Book Everyone Can’t Stop Talking About I end up not caring for it and wishing I’d read something on my personal TBR instead. I take reading recommendations from a select few group of people, and that’s about it. I have no desire to be the first to read/review new books as though it were a competition.

What lies ahead?

I plan to read those five classics within the next six months, and I plan to continue reading the books that I want to read, plain and simple. That includes discontinuing a book if I don’t like it, which has happened a couple of times this year, too, and I feel no guilt about it whatsoever.

What are your reading goals for the rest of 2019? Do tell!

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