June saw me slow down my reading a bit. Part of it is that I used to take the bus to work and that was prime reading time. Now I drive a car, which is crazy exciting, but it also cuts into my reading time more which is a bummer. Even though I read every day in June, I still feel like I didn’t read at my usual speed or even amount. I also read a lot of library books, which is always the problem when you work at the library.
The goal for July is to make a small change. I’ve suspended all my library holds (minus my comics) and my goal is to push towards reading stuff on my own shelves. I have so many ARCs I want to read, so many books I own I want to read. I need to get back into the habit of constantly reading and pushing myself towards clearing my TBR a bit more. I’ve been working through my TBR in different ways, such as my monthly reading challenges, my Goodreads Goal, Read-a-thons, and even doing the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge as well.
July is going to be a rough month given I’ll be running RPGamer.com’s #JRPGJuly event where we play and try to complete a JRPG in a month. I also have friends from Minnesota visiting as well, so I really need to try and use my time wisely. Hopefully I can manage my time better in the month of July, because June just had so much going on to the point where I felt as though I couldn’t keep up with everything going on and then my reading suffered because of it.
So my goals for July are going to be:
- Read 5 ARCs
- Read one 500+ page book
- Read 5 books from the Shelf of Shame
Hopefully there will be a read-a-thon or something going on in July to motivate me further. WISH ME LUCK!
So the Book-tube-a-thon is happening from July 14th to July 20th, starting at midnight, wherever and whatever your timezone is! This event is hosted by Ariel and sponsored by the Book Depository! Ariel recently posted the list of challenges for the event, which you can check out here:
All right, so I’m not really into Vlogging (I don’t think folks wanna look at my mug and listen to me ramble), but I am definitely doing the reading challenges and I’ll be sharing my progress every day next week. Here’s the challenges…
The Reading Challenges:
A book with pictures.
Start and finish a series.
A book with red on the cover.
A book someone else picks out for you.
A book from the genre you’ve read the least this year.
A book to movie adaptation
Read seven books.
This may look easyish, but it’s surprisingly difficult to get caught up in certain aspects, the book to movie adaptation one though me for a bit of a loop until my fiancée made a good suggestion. Here’s the books I plan on reading and the challenges associated with them!
A book with pictures. Momo by Michael Ende OR Codename Sailor V by Naoko Takeuchi (or both!)
Start and finish a series. The Summer Trilogy by Jenny Han
A book with red on the cover. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
A book someone else picks out for you. Golden by Jessi Kirby (selected by my co-blogger, River)
A book from the genre you’ve read the least this year. Genre least read: Non-fiction, book: Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan by Jake Adelstein (crime! yakuza! memoir! Japan! Yay!)
A book to movie adaptation American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis (which I got from the library)
Read seven books. My goal if I read the pile above will be 9. If I get 7, that rocks too.
So this is my TBR for the event, one which I hope I can complete in the week, but we’ll see what challenges I may face, because real life has magic powers to mess with reading fun timez. If you end up participating in Book-tube-a-thon, let me know! I’d love to see your TBR or how you are approaching the challenges. At the end of the day, it’s all for fun and literacy, which are good reasons alone to participate.
Good luck, and have fun!