If you’ve been following along, you will see that I didn’t make a whole lot of progress on my list, even after extending it into September. All and all, I finished five of twenty books (The Princess Trap, The Wedding Date, The Last Time I Lied, and There’s Something About Sweetie). I also started but didn’t finish two more (My Brilliant Friend and The Odyssey).
That’s 25% completed which isn’t terrible but I was hoping for more. However, while I may have only read five books on my list, I did end up getting through an additional eight titles that probably should have been on the list to begin with.
Most of these other books were read because they were titled that I pre-ordered. I’ve been trying to get to these books faster, doing what I have been calling a “pre-order pause” where I drop all other reading when a pre-order arrives. Over the summer, I pre-ordered and read four additional titles: Brazen and the Beast by Sarah MacLean, The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai, The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare, and Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore.
Two other books I read because of a specific goal. The first was Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi, which I read for a reading challenge some friends and I are doing where we try to read books from authors all around the world (in this case, Nigeria). The second was So You Want to Start a Podcast by Kristen Meinzer, which I read because, well … there will be more about that in the future.
The rest of my summer reading was audiobooks and impulse reads.
All and all, I think the biggest take-away for me is that I need to remember pre-orders and challenges a bit more. And maybe be a touch less ambitious, since even if all the books I read had been on the list, I still wouldn’t have read 20 titles.
This is an especially good lesson right now because I’m participating in the Tome Infinity and Beyond readathon. Expect a post about it in a few days.