2018 Reading Challenge: Half-Way-Point Reflection


I’ve based my reading goals for this year on Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2018 Reading Challenge (listed here).

Here’s my 2018 Reading Challenge list if you’d like to take a look.

Since we’re at the halfway point of the year, I think it’s a good time for a reflection and an update.

At the start of the year, I was excited about the Challenge, but my excitement is waning a bit. Some of that waning excitement is due to the time of year — the end of the school year is crazy and I don’t have enough emotional energy for a difficult text (I’m looking at you, The Brothers Karamazov).

Maybe I had too much gusto at the start of this thing. And I tend to pick sad books. January was dark times: Allegedly, Beartown, Speak, The Goldfinch — why did I do that to myself?

But… it’s only June. Surely I can finish this! Right? Right?! 

In 2018 thus far, I have…

  • Experienced 26 books
  • Enjoyed most of those
  • Abandoned three (when should you abandon a book? more on that here)
  • Found a new all-time favorite (Brooklyn)

Here’s what I’ve read from my original Reading Challange list, including those I didn’t put into a category:

  • Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
  • Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin
  • Beartown by Fredrik Backman
  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
  • Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • The Likeness by Tana French
  • The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  • Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín

And here’s what I’ve read that wasn’t on my list at all:

  • Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
  • You Learn by Living by Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown
  • Anger: Taming a Powerful Emotion by Gary Chapman
  • Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas
  • Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind by Jocelyn K. Glei
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  • What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

How are your reading goals going? Are you tired? Still excited? Let me know!

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