2018 Q1 Goals Check In

Hi everyone. I’m rincey and this is
rincey reads. Today i’m going to be doing a quarter one goals check-in. If you
watch my goals video back in December, you will know some of my goals as
well as the fact that I wanted to do sort of like quarterly check-ins. I was
also playing around with the idea of doing quarterly goals and you’ll see
sort of how that played out in the first quarter of this year. And we’ll see how it
goes for the rest of the year. So I didn’t make a lot of reading goals for myself and I
did that on purpose because I wanted my reading to feel less constricted and I
kind of just wanted to focus on very specific things. And I really liked the
fact that I did that. Like I have goals and I have things I’m trying to achieve.
But because there’s only like two, kind of three of them I’m actually able to
achieve them as opposed to getting stressed out that I’m not achieving any
of them. So for any of you who are feeling stressed out about your reading
goals, I already recommend just narrow it down to like one or two. It’ll make your
life so much better. So the first reading goal that I have is
one that you’ve heard me talk about multiple times here and that is the read
harder challenge. I will have a link down below to the book riot website so you
guys can check out the read harder challenge in case you haven’t heard of
it before. But basically it’s a list of 24 tasks and I have been participating
in this to some degree for, since it started, which has been like three or
four years now. So one of the things I realized last
year is that I always have a lot of like passion and gutso for the read harder
challenge at the beginning of the year and then I really lose steam in the
second half of the year. This isn’t something I said in my goals video but
it’s something I realized basically in January, that I should just try to finish
the read harder challenge before the halfway point of this year. And then my
stretch goal was to try to complete it in the first quarter of the year. Now
obviously I didn’t finish it yet in the first quarter of this year. I still have
seven more challenges left to complete. But I am very much on track to finish it
in the first half of the year. And honestly, I’m pushing myself to try to
finish it by May. I don’t think I can finish it all in April. Maybe I can. Who
knows what this month will look like? It’s definitely realistic to finish it
before June because it’s only seven books. But really I’m going to try to
finish as many as I can this month and then, you know, try to finish the rest next month. Now I’m not going to go through
all of the books that I’ve read for the read harder challenge in this video. Once
I complete it I will do a whole video about the read harder challenge and sort
of like my approach with tackling it and things like that. But one of the really
good things about doing the read harder challenge so many times for the past
couple of years is again I just learned my own patterns and tastes and I
realized that I need to cram in as many of those books as possible in January in
February, and then just sort of like pull it back a little bit in March, April, May
and be done by June. Because honestly I can already tell like I’m losing steam a
little bit, especially compared to January and February. But I’m also ok
with it because I only have seven left. So like I said I am not going to go
through all the challenges that I’ve completed so far. But since I only have
seven left I will talk about the ones really quickly that I have left. um The
first one is to read a classic of genre fiction and for that when I’m reading
kindred by Octavia Butler. I’ve already started this one and I plan
on finishing it really soon. I’m loving it and I will talk about this in my wrap
ups like I usually do. I also have read a comic written or illustrated by a person
of color. I started to read Monstress for this one but then I just really was not
feeling it. So I decided to put it down and then I’m gonna go see Thi Bui or
or Bowie who wrote the way things are I believe — I’ll put a cover over here on
the screen — at the end of this month and I’m gonna be getting a copy of the book
then as well. So I will read that one for this challenge. I also have a read a book
of colonial or post-colonial literature. Nnd for this one I picked up everfair
by Nishi Shawl for this challenge. But again I haven’t read it yet so there’s a
chance it will really work for me and I’ll have to find something else. But
this is an option. I also have to do read a science fiction book with a female
protagonist written by a woman. And for this one I’m not 100% sure what I’m
going to do yet. I picked up like four different sci-fi books from the library
because sci-fi is one of those genres I don’t read a lot of. So it’s always
really hard for me to tell which books are gonna work for me. Now I can
technically put kindred in this box if I need to and read another classic of
genre because that’s an easier challenge for me. But the one I do want to pick up
is the long way to a small angry planet by Becky Chambers just because the one
everyone loves. So I have a strong feeling that even I don’t adore it the way other
people do I’ll at least enjoy it enough to be able to get through it. And also this
is sort of like softer science-fiction from what I know. Feel free to correct me
in the comments if I’m incorrect on that. And that’s generally what I gravitate
towards when it comes to science fiction. Like the really heavy science-fiction
stuff just goes straight over my head. Then I have a read an essay anthology. And
when I was at a Half Price Books recently I picked up scratch: writers,
money and the art of making a living which is edited by Manjula Martin. This
is a collection of essays by a bunch of different writers and them talking very
openly and honestly about money and the way that they get paid or the problem
that they’ve had getting paid and how all of that works. Next I have read a
book with a female protagonist who’s over the age of 60. And for this one I picked up
the night guest by Fiona McFarland. This is sort of like a mystery
suspense sort of book where you are following this older woman who lives on
her own and then one day this stranger named Frida shows up at her door and
tells her that she is like a care worker that was sent by the government. And so
she just like lets her in. And so it’s about the main characters sort of what
seems like potentially like losing her mind. She thinks there’s a tiger on the
prowl out to get her and also you know there’s all of these questionable things
about is Frida who she says she is or is she manipulating this older woman, things
like that. So it sounds super interesting and sounds like it could be something
really like suspenseful creepy sort of thing. And the final challenge is to read
a book that was assigned to you that you either hate it or never finished. And the
problem I’m having with this challenge is simply the fact that I barely
remember the books that I was assigned to read when I was in school outside with
the ones that I really, really loved. And the only ones I could think of that I
did not enjoy were the Scarlet Letter and a Tale of Two Cities. Now I do not
like Dickens. I’ve tried Dickens multiple times. I’ve tried books that people have
described as Dickensian in nature and I’ve also not liked those. So I’m not
gonna read A Tale of Two Cities. So I think I’m gonna end up reading The
Scarlet Letter and I am very much not looking forward to that experience.
I mean, I think it’s just like left over discomfort from reading it in high
school and I don’t even know completely why I did not like it when I was in high
school. So there’s a very good I will love this book when I read it now.
But for some reason that challenge. All right I just spent a lot of time talking
about the read harder challenge. So let’s move on to the final two goals that I
have for the year. The next one is to read Pulitzer prize-winning nonfiction
books. In the video I talked about wanting to read one of those per month
and I was specifically talking about like the general nonfiction list. That’s
the one I have in my spreadsheet that I’m sort of keeping track of. But then,
soon after that I realized there’s a separate nonfiction list for history and
a separate one for biography. At the beginning of the year I read when breath
becomes air by Paul Kalanithi. And that one was, that one one the memoir
pulitzer-prize i believe. I don’t, I think that’s what it’s called. Or it’s like memoir, biography or memoir autobiography biography something along those lines. So
I’m counting that for my January one although I did kind of want to just work
my way through the general nonfiction list. So in February I read evicted and
then in March I read the sixth extinction, which are both from the
general nonfiction list. And I picked both of those up specifically because
they both worked for the read harder challenge as well. And so the next one I
have is in a different key: the story of autism by John Donovan and Caren Zucker.
This one was a nominee for the Pulitzer Prize in 2017. So I am going through the
winner as well as the two nominees for every year. So this one is quite the
chunker. It’s over 600 pages like total but I think with notes, without the notes
and bibliography and all that stuff it’s around like 550 ish. So I need to get
started on this one so that way I can make sure to finish it before the end of
the month. Because the other thing I know about nonfiction is that I can’t like
rush myself in nonfiction. I have to read a little bit at a time so that way I’m
actually absorbing the story and the information that’s in there. I don’t want
to just like rush through these books. And especially one like this. Like I know
so little about autism so I think that this one will be a really, really
interesting read for me. Alright and then my final goal was sort of like a
two-fold goal. The first part of it is to read like more big books in general and
I feel like I have been doing that. And even if I’m not necessarily picking up
like super huge books all the time I feel like I’m picking up a lot of like
density of books, which also makes me happy. Like even right now as I’m
recording this I’m currently in the middle of blindness by José Saramago and this book is so good but it’s so dense and I feel
like I’ve been reading this one forever. I mean I think it’s been like a week so
it hasn’t been that long. But compared to how I’ve been flying through some other
books this one definitely feels like a significant slowdown. And honestly I’m
100% okay with that. But yeah, I’ve been like making sure I have big book options.
And I do crave big books, so, and I do crave denser books sometimes. So it’s
kind of like naturally working into the way that my reading is going which is
nice. And then the other big goal that I have for the year is to read the one big
book in August. In my goal video I was slightly hesitant about whether or not I
was going to do it. But I decided earlier this year that I was 100% going to still
do it because I think it’s so much fun to do. Even if I’m the only one who ends
up doing it. But I know I won’t because a couple of other people already said
they’re gonna do it with me. So we’re going to be reading The Three
Musketeers in August. I found this edition at Half Price Books and I was
so excited because this is the edition I was wanting because it has like these
beautiful illustrations from Tom Gould. I love his illustration style. It’s so much
fun. So yes this is coming in August and I will be doing a whole video prior to
that point talking about this and giving you sort of like my general reading plan
and how this is all gonna go down. So this is sort of just like a forewarning
so you can keep your eye out for a copy of this if you plan on buying one. Or if
you just want to get it from your library you can you know get on the hold
list or whatever it is you do for these readalongs. So yes, three musketeers
coming in August. Alright that is everything I have for you guys. I’m
really enjoying sort of like this quarterly breakdown of my goals. First
quarter for me feels like it was all about the read harder challenge. And
obviously like second quarter is going to be very heavily in the read harder
challenge. But I feel like I’m gonna finish that off early enough that I’ll
be able to focus on something else. And I think for me quarter 2 is going to be
like finish off the read harder challenge, make sure I’m reading these
non-fiction books and then also like just picking up these bigger books. Like
I have a couple of other bigger books that I’ve picked up recently and I feel
like I’ve been saving them for after the read harder challenge is over cause they
just kind of want to get that one off my plate, so to speak. So yeah, leave a
comment down below let me know how you guys are doing on your challenges
especially if you’re doing the read harder challenge, too. Let me know how
your progress is going. You don’t have to be as far as long
as I am. You have to have read two books a month in order to be on track. So right
now you should have, what is that? Six books, almost seven books done for the
year. So as long as you have that many done you’re good to go. Or if you have
any comments about any of the books I talked about or any questions about any
of my challenges or anything along those lines, definitely feel free to leave that
down in the comments as well. Otherwise, that’s all I have for now and
thanks for watching.

25 thoughts on “2018 Q1 Goals Check In

  1. This was great as I'm a reader harder nut but I slot them as two a month spaced throughout the year and my big book for the year is The Count of Monte Christo…so…great minds think alike..its also a tick on the chsllenge.

  2. I don't think or remember if I was ever assigned a book that I didn't like in HS except Moby Dick and I reeeeeeeeally don't want to read that. That is the only challenge I am struggling with this year. I keep trying to think of anything I can put in that category other than Moby Dick. Literally anything. . .

  3. I make seasonal/quarterly goals as well. I put the easier ones to complete first, just so it can psychologically energize me to see that I’m progressing in nice I complete one. Best of luck with your goals. I’ll check in with again 🙂

  4. We must have been on the same wavelength since I just posted my version of this, too! I am very impressed with your Read Harder gusto. It makes me want to commit to it a little bit harder, and not leave the most undesirable challenges for the last months, when I know I won't want to do them. 😅It's probably worth reinvesting my time and attention to it, since there are several interesting tasks left for me!

  5. I'm 10 books in the reader challenge. For the scifi by a POC I read Binti which is short and speedy, and if you end up loving it there are two sequels! And I have the same issue with the reread an assigned book you disliked… Either I don't remember or I really don't want to waste my time on it.

  6. For "comic book written or drawn by a person of color" I recommend anything written by Bryan Hill and anything drawn by Jorge Jimenez. All of their work is stellar.

  7. LOVE that Three Musketeers editions! 0 Great to see you're pretty well on track with your goals! I also find I have the most steam at the beginning of the year (there's always a dip around March for me!).

  8. Long Way is great but if it's not too late Company Town by Madeline Ashby was fantastic – just saying.

  9. Not looking forward to reading something I didn't like or didn't finish in school. Definitely the hardest challenge this year! What, like I'm actually going to pick up Lord of the Flies? Hells no.

  10. I have no idea what to read for the assigned reading challenge either because I read everything and really liked all of it too.

  11. So far, I’m on track for the read harder challenge, and it’s been such a great experience. I read Midnight’s Children for PC lit, but am currently reading Things Fall Apart, so will move Midnight’s Children into BRICS. I’ve got Kindred slated for Sci Fi/female as well as for the Feminist Orchestra bookclub pick later this year, and am really looking forward to it. I just discovered Octavia Butler through Wild Seed, and if all her books are as good, I think I’ve found myself a new favourite author! I’m so impressed at your progress on the RHC. Can’t wait for your run down video(s)!

  12. I have completed 10 of the challenges which puts me farther along than last year. I have a couple that will be easy to finish, but a couple I will need to get recommendations for.

  13. That's crazy that you're almost done with the read harder challenge! My goal was only to read half the books for the challenge (so 12 instead of 24) and I'm actually way ahead for that. I think I've read 7 or 8 without really even trying haha

  14. Have you seen the new illustrated Kindred? Our library just got it though I haven't checked it out yet. Also: I struggle a bit with Victorian literature, too (although I do have some favorites) and A Tale of Two Cities is actually quite intriguing and oddly fast paced. You might enjoy it more than you think! It feels different to me than Dickens' other books.

  15. I really disliked the Scarlet Letter in high school. It was dreadful. Also yesss about Kindred! I also at one point started Monstress as well and couldn't get into it and put it down.

  16. I'm planning on joining the 3 Musketeers read along! I have the same copy of the book and have been putting it off for ages. So I'm looking forward to reading it as part of a group.

  17. I’ve only read six challenge books so far because I’ve been writing my thesis, so when I do have time to read I’ve been gravitating towards lighter fare to give my brain a break! I’m excited to dive into RH more once that project is finished. I’m glad you said something about remembering to take nonfiction slow. It’s good to remember that just because I’m not reading it for school doesn’t mean I shouldn’t take my time with it. Glad to hear you’re doing so well with it this year!!

  18. This was a timely video. I really want to focus on the Read Harder Challenge this second quarter of the year. I've done 6 of the challenges but they were pretty easy ones to tackle. I'd like to get over the halfway mark by the end of June since and perhaps complete the challenge late Q3/early Q4.

  19. I have read 10 books for the Read Harder Challenge so far. You are doing awesome with your Read Harder progress!

  20. Haha I feel like you are my reading twin. I also didn't talk about Read Harder in my goals video, but I switched to the BR spreadsheet this year, and because the challenge is embedded there, I just thought why the heck not. I've never completed the challenge before. I'm not as far in as you, but I'm going to try to focus on identifying books that meet those challenges that I already have on my shelves.

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