Quartely Check In 2022

Some of you may know that I love statistics. I love numbers. I mean, I have 3 different book spreadsheets to track my reading. Is it too much? Yes! But something I started last year, which I really enjoyed, was doing a Quartley check-in just after March. I was super excited to do it again this year as it has been the most successful reading quarter since I started this blog!

I am covering from January 1st all the way up until now. So for a quick recap my main hope was to:

  1. Read 70 books
  2. Read all my sequels
  3. Complete the WBTOM Reading Challenge
  4. Listen to 12 audiobooks
  5. Read 30 books from my physical TBR

For a more in-depth look at my goals for 2022, check it out here.

Goodreads Reading Challenge

So far this year, I have read 35 books. The most ever! This time last year, I had read 22 books. I am super happy with myself. A lot of the books I have read have been highly rated as well! The reason I have been able to read more is 

  1. I’m a bookseller. My job is all about books. Because of this, I have found that I am more motivated to read.
  2. I have started to properly get into manga. Manga despite being highly entertaining, and I highly promote reading it, doesn’t tend to take that long to read. So you can get through a bunch of volumes very quickly. I have noticed that the people who have a really high book read count tend to be manga fans. The series I am reading at the moment are so good!

2022 Sequels

So, I have read 5 sequels so far this year. 5 out of 16. I have enjoyed all of them and I am super exicted to carry on and continue these great series.

The sequels I have read include:

  1. Attack on Titan: Volume 2 – Hajime Isayama (Attack on Titan #2)
  2. The Village of Eight Graves – Seishi Yokomizo (Detective Kosuke Kindaichi #3)
  3. The Obelisk Gate – N.K. Jemisin (The Broken Earth Trilogy #2)
  4. Fullmetal Alchemist: Volumes 16-18 – Hiromu Arakawa (Fullmetal Alchemist Omnibus #6)
  5. The Man Who Died Twice – Richard Osman (The Thursday Murder Club #2)

Physical TBR

Now, this is where I have been struggling the most. Since working at the bookstore, I have obtained so many new books and I have been reading them instead of prioritising the books I already own. I have only read 9 of my planned 30. I highly doubt I will reach the 30 books I planned but that’s ok. I used to feel like I had to hit all my challenges every year but if I fail one or two at least I have been reading!

The Book of the Month Challenge

A new challenge for this year. I would like to read 1 of my store’s books of the month. So far, I have read 3 out of the 4 announced. I will be honest, I have failed already! I decided this month to focus on some of the ARCs I received from publishers instead of reading this month’s book. The books did not grab me as much and since I have a looming pile of unread books I decided to focus on them…

The books I have read are:

  1. The Hatmakers – Tamzin Merchant
  2. Loki: A Bad God’s Guide to Being Good – Louie Stowell
  3. The Last Firefox – Lee Newbury

The Audiobook Challenge

Another new challenge that came along due to the fact that I got a free year subscription to Audible. The goal is to listen to 12 audiobooks. 1 for each month. So far I have listened to 4. Though 2 of the audiobooks were DNFs.

The audiobooks were:

  1. Iron Widow – Xiran Jay Zhao
  2. The Ghost Bride – Yangsze Choo (DNF)
  3. Empress and Anyiya – Candice Carty-Williams (DNF)
  4. The Story of the World in 100 Moments – Neil Oliver

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