April Check-in on Reading and Writing Goals

I’ve been keeping track of my reading and writing goals for 2013. This is mostly for my own benefit, but if I didn’t sit down and force myself to write this out, I wouldn’t actually assess how things are going. Here’s how things went in January and February and March. This is going to be short and sweet.

2013 reading and writing goals

Reading

I finished Infinite Jest! There were celebratory cookies.

I also read 20 of books bringing it to 80. I’m way ahead of the game on number read, but I know when I start classes in the fall I’ll have less time for pleasure reading, so I’m trying to keep up the brisk pace over the summer.

Challenges are really helping me keep up with my reading. Though I’m behind on writing reviews of them, I’ve read 15 books total towards The Hub challenge and have been trying graphic novels, adult fiction, and audiobooks when it would have been easy not to, so it’s keeping me well rounded.

I need to make sure I knock out a couple off the list of NPR’s Top 100 Teen novels this month, because I’ve only done two so far. Other than that, I’m happy to be sticking to 5 new releases a month, at least a couple of debuts, and have been reading a mix of literary and less-literary adult fiction, too.

Book reviews published during April:

Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill
Game by Barry Lyga
Drama by Raina Telegemeier
The Surrender Tree by Margarita Engle
Self-Made Man by Norah Vincent
Angelopolis by Danielle Trussoni
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
While I’m Falling by Laura Moriarty
The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

I’m rather behind on reviews, so I might post some mini-reviews in May.

Writing

I sent more that 20 thousand words to my CP and wrote and revised a ton more; I can almost see this WIP becoming an actual finished draft at some point.

I’ve got my contracts turned in and am excited to start writing for NoveList.

I’ve decided to occasionally participate in Top Ten Tuesdays and started a new feature on the blog: Feminist Fridays. I’m loving the conversations that are happening in the comments of these posts! I’d much rather have a core group of people who regularly interact on the blog than a million subscribers, so I’m happy that people are participating.

How is your reading and writing life going? 

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