May-September 2016: The Numbers

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I really liked how the graphics came out I used to analyze my first 25 TBR jar picks and the first months of 2016, so I decided to do something similar for the latest reading months.  And just look at how all those pretty covers of the books I’ve read in May, June, July, August and September 2016 look together! ❤

First of all some quick facts. In the previous five months of 2016 I have read no less than 79 books with a total page count of 25.521 pages; an average of about 323 pages per book. The average rating is 3,53 stars, which is a bit higher than the first four months and also includes one 0 star rating (DNF). 16 books had a 4,5 or 5 star rating and 12 books received a rating below 3 stars… Which means I enjoyed reading about 85% of the books this year, not bad!

And now some graphics for those who like them as much as I do.😉

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I know I have been reading a lot of YA books since the beginning of last year, so I’m actually quite happy the amount of Adult reads is still just about the same. I don’t read a lot of Middle Grade in the first place, so that low percentage is no surprise.

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I kind of feel bad that the percentage of female authors is so much higher than male authors… I never base my choice of books on the gender of the author, so this number is quite a surprise. I really should focus on reading more books by male authors during the last few months of 2016

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The main genre is basically the most dominant genre I think each book belongs to. There is no surprise here are a lot of mystery/thriller and fantasy reads on this list since they are two of my favorite genres. The other well represented genres are contemporary romance and (realistic) fiction. I actually don’t really like romance in general, but apparently I have been reading a lot of books belonging to the genre anyway.

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This graphic is a huge surprise! I’ve calculated the average rating for each genre, and even though Mystery/Thriller and Fantasy are two of my favorite genres, they didn’t score that well with 3,60 and 3,23 stars respectively. Contemporary Romance did a lot better than the first four months with 3,65 starsHistorical Fiction is one of my favorite genres and actually scored the lowest this time: only 3,08 stars average. Non Fiction/Memoir and Science Fiction/Dystopia were the best scoring genres with 4,08 and 3,75 stars respectively.


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I’m actually quite happy with this number, because I thought I was reading too many books belonging to series this year. And I have actually managed to increase the number of stand-alones in the last five months!

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Boy do I feel bad about this graphic! I made a promise to myself over two years ago to read more books published before 2000, and so far I have been doing a lousy job with only a meager 2% of the total. To make things even worse, 78% of the books were published in 2014, 2015 or 2016!

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Last graphic: it seems that most books I’ve read have between 300 and 399 pages, which seems to be a pretty good number and a  sign of a story that’s not too short and not too long. There are exceptions of course; some stories are just too complex to be told in under 400 pages… I really need to try and read longer books as well though, since so far it’s been only 16% of the total.

Tired of numbers yet? I know I am! That’s it for this May-September 2016 review… More to come at the end of this year!

Month In Review: August-September 2016

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I’ve decided to make a combined month in review post for the months of august and september, so I won’t be having too many wrap up posts wandering around. While I managed to read a generous amount of books in august, I’ve only finished nine books during september. Although if you keep in mind I didn’t have time to read for almost two weeks, those numbers are not too bad after all. 😉 Also: good news! It seems like all my paperwork is in order so I can now officially relax for the time being. Yay! It’s also finally spring, so I will be looking forward to try out my new running shoes in nicer weather. October, bring it on!

  • Number of books read in August and September: 29
  • Total number of books read this year: 143 (+1 reread)
  • Total number of pages read in August and September: 10.203
  • Total number of pages read this year: 45.682

Even though I ended up having another rare DNF during the last two months, I was still quite lucky with my reads overall. Two new 5 star reads and only three books below 3 stars; not bad! I’m TERRIBLY HORRIBLY behind with my reviews though… 100% blamed on my hiatus, but it will still be a struggle to get them all done before the end of this month. I might have to do another review-a-thon soon…


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5 STARS: Absolutely and entirely mind blowing! I suggest you to pick up a copy now. 
A Dance With Dragons – by George R.R. Martin // The Honor Was Mine – by Elizabeth Heaney

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4.5 STARS: This one was almost perfect. Surely fantastic! 
The Girl From The Sea – by Shalini Boland // Every Last Word – by Tamara Ireland Stone // The Art Of Being Normal – by Lisa Williamson

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4 STARS: Wow, this was really good. Close to amazing!
Razzle Dazzle Unicorn – by Dana Simpson // All Fall Down – by Tom Bale // The Universe Of Us – by Lang Leav // Vicious – by V.E. Schwab // Taal Is Zeg Maar Echt Mijn Ding – by Paulien Cornelisse // We’re All Mad Here – by Claire Eastham // But My Family Would Never Eat Vegan! – by Kristy Turner

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3.5 STARS: Great read. Really entertaining!
Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection – by Barbara Venkataraman // Harry Potter And The Cursed Child – by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne & John Tiffany // Dead To You – by Lisa McMann // Memoirs Of A Teenage Amnesiac – by Gabrielle Zevin // The Final Trade – by Joe Hart // The Hope That Kills – by Ed James // Engaged In Danger – by Barbara Venkataraman

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3 STARS: It was a nice read, but not fantastic. 
The Summer I Became A Nerd – by Leah Rae Miller // The Last Girl – by Joe Hart // Hotel Ruby – by Suzanne Young // Secret Letters – by Leah Scheier // The Private School Murders – by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro // The Girls – by Lisa Jewell // Trouble Is A Friend Of Mine – by Stephanie Tromly

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2.5 STARS: I give this one the benefit of the doubt. Nothing too exciting. 
Fallen Mangrove – by Wayne Stinnett

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2 STARS: It was ok. But mostly ‘meh’.
Anna And The Swallow Man – by Gavriel Savit

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0 STARS (DNF): I didn’t even bother to finish this one. Absolutely and totally horrible!
Careless In Red – by Elizabeth George


In 2016 I initially decided to join in total four yearly challenges. And while I’m almost done with the other challenges, I’m starting to get really behind with the Reading Through The Centuries Challenge. Oops! I really need to pick up some classics soon.

# CHALLENGES #

As for my other blogging goals…Basically, yet again almost no progress whatsoever besides the fact that I have finally finished a book over 800 pages. I need to work on these goals ASAP! I already know the TBR pile will be impossible and I don’t think I will make it to the 5km running this year, but I’m going to give the other goals a try.

# OTHER READING/BLOGGING GOALS #

  • Read at least 5 classics (rereads don’t count): 3/5
  • Complete at least 5 series (rereads don’t count): 3/5 (the murder complex/never never/veronica mars)
  • Reread at least 3 books: 2/3 (red queen, harry potter y la piedra filosofal)
  • Bring my physical TBR pile below 200 books: 290/200
  • Read at least one book over 800 pages
  • Read at least 5 books in Spanish: 2/5
  • Join at least 5 challenges during the year
  • Finish older reviews that haven’t been posted yet: 4/10
  • Update older reviews to new format: 4/14
  • Reach 5km running! 2300m/5000m

Happy October and Happy Reading!

Month In Review: July 2016

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July was probably one of the best reading months so far this year, and I’m still surprised I was able to read this much since I’m still busy with preparations for my trip. I guess finally signing up for Netgalley was a great idea, because no less than 7 books were Netgalley reads in July. The cold weather did help a lot as well. 😉 I don’t think I won’t be reading that many books before I leave this August 14th though… And I will be going on a hiatus starting that date as well. (Although I will probably still update my Goodreads account with the books I will be reading). I’m not particularly looking forward to the paperwork, but I AM happy to escape the last of the cold weather down here in Argentina haha.

  • Number of books read in July: 21
  • Total number of books read this year: 114 (+1 reread)
  • Total number of pages read in July: 6.470
  • Total number of pages read this year: 35.479

July was an excellent month when it comes to ratings with one new 5 star rating and eleven! other titles with 4 stars or more. Sure, four books were a bit disappointing but the good reads definitely made up for it.


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5 STARS: Absolutely and entirely mind blowing! I suggest you to pick up a copy now. 
The Summer That Melted Everything – by Tiffany McDaniel

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4.5 STARS: This one was almost perfect. Surely fantastic! 
Cascadia – by H.W. “Buzz” Bernard // Out Of The Easy – by Ruta Sepetys // The Night Stalker – by Robert Bryndza // The Girl With All The Gifts – by M.R. Carey // The Fire Child – by S.K. Tremayne

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4 STARS: Wow, this was really good. Close to amazing!
My Girl – by Jack Jordan // Everything, Everything – by Nicola Yoon // The Sister – by Louise Jensen // The Ice Twins – by S.K. Tremayne // Rot & Ruin – by Jonathan Maberry // When We Collided – by Emery Lord

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3.5 STARS: Great read. Really entertaining!
Last To Die – by Arlene Hunt // Wanderlost – by Jen Malone // Ruler Of Beasts – by Danielle Paige // Environmentally Friendly – by Elias Zanbaka

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3 STARS: It was a nice read, but not fantastic. 
The Straw King – by Danielle Paige

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2.5 STARS: I give this one the benefit of the doubt. Nothing too exciting. 
As Red As Blood – by Salla Simukka // The Stepmother – by Claire Seeber

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2 STARS: It was ok. But mostly ‘meh’.
The Neverland Wars – by Audrey Greathouse // The Hired Girl – by Laura Amy Schlitz


In 2016 I initially decided to join in total four yearly challenges. And I finally managed to finish the first one this month! I did decide to update my Goodreads Challenge to 150 books though. I’m getting behind with the Reading Through The Centuries Challenge; I need to pick up some classics ASAP.

# CHALLENGES #

As for my other blogging goals…Basically, I haven’t made any progress since last month other than that I’ve cleaned up my kindle and TBR pile and it’s now down to 254 books. Still enormous, but I might actually be able to bring it down to 200 by the end of the year! I’ve also finally been able to pick up my running, so hopefully I will be able to at least add a km or two in the next two months.

# OTHER READING/BLOGGING GOALS #

  • Read at least 5 classics (rereads don’t count): 3/5
  • Complete at least 5 series (rereads don’t count): 3/5 (the murder complex/never never/veronica mars)
  • Reread at least 3 books: 2/3 (red queen, harry potter y la piedra filosofal)
  • Bring my physical TBR pile below 200 books: 254/200
  • Read at least one book over 800 pages: 0/1 (longest book 608 pages)
  • Read at least 5 books in Spanish: 2/5
  • Join at least 5 challenges during the year
  • Finish older reviews that haven’t been posted yet: 4/10
  • Update older reviews to new format: 4/14
  • Reach 5km running! 2300m/5000m

Happy August and Happy Reading!

Month In Review: June 2016

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jazminnnnJune was probably my worst reading month in a long time… With the upcoming trip to The Netherlands and all the paperwork I need to get in order before August, I haven’t been having a lot of reading time. Add a very nasty flu and a fantasy reading slump, and I’m surprised I managed to actually finish 11 books (although a few were short reads). Finally signing up for Netgalley did help me get back on track though, and I have been reading more during the last days of June. And since it’s already freezing outside here, I’m hoping to get more reading done in July before I leave for my trip. Preferably with a hot beverage and my cat Jazmin closeby. 😉

  • Number of books read in June: 11
  • Total number of books read this year: 93 (+1 reread)
  • Total number of pages read in June: 3.270
  • Total number of pages read this year: 29.009

June was a pretty good month when it comes to ratings with one new 5 star rating and four other titles with 4 stars or more. Sure, three books really disappointed me, but the good reads definitely made up for it!


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5 STARS: Absolutely and entirely mind blowing! I suggest you to pick up a copy now. 
All The Missing Girls – by Megan Miranda

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4.5 STARS: This one was almost perfect. Surely fantastic! 
Tell Me Three Things – by Julie Buxbaum

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4 STARS: Wow, this was really good. Close to amazing!
A Study In Charlotte – by Brittany Cavallaro // The Munich Girl – by Phyllis Edgerly Ring // The Ex – by Alafair Burke

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3.5 STARS: Great read. Really entertaining!
The Opposite Of Loneliness – by Marina Keegan // Seven Ways We Lie – by Riley Redgate

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3 STARS: It was a nice read, but not fantastic. 
More Happy Than Not – by Adam Silvera

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2 STARS: It was ok. But mostly ‘meh’.
We Awaken –  by Calista Lynne

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1.5 STARS: The story wasn’t horrible, but there still isn’t another word to describe it but ‘bad’.
Heart Of Tin – by Danielle Paige // Hitman Anders And The Meaning Of It All – by Jonas Jonasson


In 2016 I decided to join in total four yearly challenges. So far I’m right on track with most of them, so I’m not really worried yet.

# CHALLENGES #

As for my other blogging goals…Basically, I haven’t made any progress since last month, and my TBR pile has even increased. Oops! I don’t think I will be able to do much in July either, but hopefully I will be able to at least control my TBR pile better. And running. I’m keeping my fingers crossed my knee won’t be bothering me again when I will try to start running again next week.

# OTHER READING/BLOGGING GOALS #

  • Read at least 5 classics (rereads don’t count): 3/5
  • Complete at least 5 series (rereads don’t count): 3/5 (the murder complex/never never/veronica mars)
  • Reread at least 3 books: 2/3 (red queen, harry potter y la piedra filosofal)
  • Bring my physical TBR pile below 200 books: 350/200
  • Read at least one book over 800 pages: 0/1 (longest book 608 pages)
  • Read at least 5 books in Spanish: 2/5
  • Join at least 5 challenges during the year
  • Finish older reviews that haven’t been posted yet: 4/10
  • Update older reviews to new format: 4/14
  • Reach 5km running! 2300m/5000m

Happy July and Happy Reading!

Month In Review: May 2016

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May wasn’t the best month personal wise… One of my cats passed away after she was hit by a car, my knee is still acting up whenever I try to run and I found out two weeks ago I will need to return to the Netherlands temporarily to retrieve some papers if I want to get my permanent visa here in Argentina. Which kind of sucks, because I will have to travel without my hubby and I don’t know how long I will have to stay in Holland in the first place… 😦  The trip is taking up a lot of my time and I haven’t been reading much for the last two weeks or so, but somehow I still managed to read 18 books in May. I guess the Bout Of Books read-a-thon really did wonders for my bookish numbers…

  • Number of books read in May: 18
  • Total number of books read this year: 82 (+1 reread)
  • Total number of pages read in May: 5.578
  • Total number of pages read this year: 25.739

I’m way ahead with my Goodreads challenge, which I guess is a good thing since I’m not sure if I will be able to read much during the next few months… May was a pretty good month with 3 books with a 4,5 star rating and only seven books had a 3 star rating or below. I had no 5 star reads in May, but I’m still quite happy with these results!

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4.5 STARS: This one was almost perfect. Surely fantastic! 
Hero – by Belinda Crawford // Heartsick – by Chelsea Cain // Housebroken – by The Behrg

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4 STARS: Wow, this was really good. Close to amazing!
The Name Of The Star – by Maureen Johnson // The Reader On The 6.27 – by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent // Stars Above – by Marissa Meyer // See How They Run – by Ally Carter // Binge – by Tyler Oakley // Harry Potter Y La Piedra Filosofal – by J.K. Rowling

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3.5 STARS: Great read. Really entertaining!
The Improbable Theory Of Ana And Zak – by Brian Katcher // Leaving Time – by Jodi Picoult

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3 STARS: It was a nice read, but not fantastic. 
The Strange And Beautiful Sorrows Of Ava Lavender –  by Leslye Walton // All The Rage – by Courtney Summers // Love Letters To The Dead – by Ava Dellaira // The Time Machine – by H.G. Wells // The Little Prince – by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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2 STARS: It was ok. But mostly ‘meh’.
Daughter Of Smoke And Bone – by Laini Taylor // Dumplin’ – by Julie Murphy

In 2016 I decided to join in total four yearly challenges. So far I’m right on track with all of them, so I’m not really worried yet.  Hopefully I will be able to keep this up! I also joined the second Bout Of Books Read-A-Thon (16.0) this year which was hosted in May.

# CHALLENGES #

As for my other blogging goals… I made some progress with my classics, Spanish read and rereads, but overall May wasn’t that good. To make things worse my TBR pile has even increased! since last month. I’m hopeless haha. Running has been terrible as well since my knee is still acting up whenever I try… The cold and wet weather doesn’t really help either.

# OTHER READING/BLOGGING GOALS #

  • Read at least 5 classics (rereads don’t count): 3/5
  • Complete at least 5 series (rereads don’t count): 3/5 (the murder complex/never never/veronica mars)
  • Reread at least 3 books: 2/3 (red queen, harry potter y la piedra filosofal)
  • Bring my physical TBR pile below 200 books: 327/200
  • Read at least one book over 800 pages: 0/1 (longest book 608 pages)
  • Read at least 5 books in Spanish: 2/5
  • Join at least 5 challenges during the year
  • Finish older reviews that haven’t been posted yet: 4/10
  • Update older reviews to new format: 4/14
  • Reach 5km running! 2300m/5000m

Happy June and Happy Reading!

January-April 2016: The Numbers

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I really liked how the graphics came out I used to analyze my first 25 TBR jar picks, so I decided to do something similar for the books I’ve read so far this year (especially since I already have a Excel file with all the info anyway).  And just look at how all those pretty covers of the books I’ve read in January, February, March and April 2016 look together! 😀

First of all some quick facts. In the first four months of 2016 I have read no less than 64 books with a total page count of 20.161 pages; an average of about 315 pages per book. The average rating is 3,48 stars, which is actually quite low, but also includes one 0 star rating (DNF). 14 books had a 4,5 or 5 star rating and 14 books received a rating below 3 stars… Which means I enjoyed reading about 78% of the books this year, not bad!

And now some graphics for those who like them as much as I do. 😉

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Month In Review: April 2016

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April was a month full of bad weather with a lot of rain and it is getting seriously cold down here in Argentina as well. Have I mentioned before that I HATE the cold winter months? I guess the only positive thing is that cold winter days will mean I will have more time to read… Although I prefer being outside in the sun instead. 😉 As far as reading goes, while I managed to get the highest pagecount yet this year, I honestly thought I would be able to read more. Especially since I was stuck nursing an injured knee the first half of April… But I’m not complaining since I’m way ahead with my challenge in the first place. On to some numbers:

  • Number of books read in April: 17
  • Total number of books read this year: 64 (+1 reread)
  • Total number of pages read in April: 5.753
  • Total number of pages read this year: 20.544

I made it to the 20.000 pages mark already! 😀 I can’t believe I have already read this many pages this year… April was a pretty lucky reading month as well since no less than 3! books received the highest rating and only four books had a 3 star rating or below. After an unsatisfactory March, this sure was a pleasant surprise!

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5 STARS: Absolutely and entirely mind blowing! I suggest you to pick up a copy now. 
Steal Like An Artist – by Austin Kleon // The Conspiracy Of Us – by Maggie Hall // A Darker Shade Of Magic – by V.E. Schwab

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4.5 STARS: This one was almost perfect. Surely fantastic! 
Map Of Fates – by Maggie Hall // Out Of My Mind – by Sharon M. Draper // A Gathering Of Shadows – by V.E. Schwab

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4 STARS: Wow, this was really good. Close to amazing!
Famous Last Words – by Katie Alender // Maybe Not – by Colleen Hoover

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3.5 STARS: Great read. Really entertaining!
Not If I See You First – by Eric Lindstrom // Suicide Notes – by Michael Thomas Ford // The Girl In The Ice – by Robert Bryndza // Maybe Someday – by Colleen Hoover

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3 STARS: It was a nice read, but not fantastic. 
Blood Orchids – by Toby Neal

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2.5 STARS: I give this one the benefit of the doubt. Nothing too exciting. 
Ice Like Fire – by Sara Raasch

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2 STARS: It was ok. But mostly ‘meh’.
All The Birds In The Sky – by Charlie Jane Anders // The Beginning Of Everything – by Robyn Schneider

In 2016 I decided to join in total four yearly challenges. So far I’m right on track with all of them even though I haven’t made any progress with the second.  Hopefully I will be able to keep this up! I’m also joining the second Bout Of Books Read-A-Thon (16.0) this year which will be hosted in May. 😀

# CHALLENGES #

As for my other blogging goals… Basically, I couldn’t have done worse this month. I made no progress whatsoever with any of them, and to make things worse my TBR pile has even increased! since last month. I’m hopeless, I know… I’m planning to read at least a classic and a Spanish book next month to make up for it.

# OTHER READING/BLOGGING GOALS #

  • Read at least 5 classics (rereads don’t count): 0/5
  • Complete at least 5 series (rereads don’t count): 3/5 (the murder complex/never never/veronica mars)
  • Reread at least 3 books: 1/3 (red queen)
  • Bring my physical TBR pile below 200 books: 292/200
  • Read at least one book over 800 pages: 0/1 (longest book 608 pages)
  • Read at least 5 books in Spanish: 1/5
  • Join at least 5 challenges during the year
  • Finish older reviews that haven’t been posted yet: 4/10
  • Update older reviews to new format: 4/14
  • Reach 5km running! 2300m/5000m

Happy May and Happy Reading!