how did my 2017 go?

Hi!

So 2017 has been an unfortunately disappointing year for me, for both my reading and blogging.  Around of June this year, my life became overwhelmed by the amount of school work I had this year. My blog and reading life suffered and unfortunately. However, I believe that 2018 will be so much better and that I will hopefully be able to find a good strategy and be able to balance my blog and my school work.

In this blog post, I’m going to be talking about my reading challenges, my general goals and my blog for this year. I will be making a separate¬†post on the best books I read this year.¬† (I have added links to each of the original goal posts, just in case any of you wanted to check them out)


I wanted to write more book reviews this year, and I did! I am very proud of the number of reviews that I wrote (reviews on books I had not received for review)

I thought I’d add links to all the reviews I’ve written this year because I’m proud of every single one of them:

I know that there are only three reviews here and that’s not a lot. But compared to the amount of time I had, wow Yasmin you’ve said that a lot in this post, I am pretty proud of the number of reviews I’ve posted this year.


Unfortunately, I did not finish my Goodreads reading challenge. However, I am pretty proud of how well I did considering the lack of time I had to read this year.

My goal was to read 45 books this year. I read a total of 35 books, 10 less than I wanted to. However, I read a lot of books that I enjoyed reading this year and I believe that that is more important. Quality, not quantity.


Lastly, there is the Diversity Bingo 2017.

As the last reading ‘challenge’, I didn’t complete this challenge either. However, I did read complete some of the prompts. (The prompts in blue are the ones that I have read a book for and they have a link to my Goodreads review for the book)

romance with a trans main character non-binary main character (own voices) sci-fi/fantasy with disabled main character practising Jewish main character Indian main character (own voices) displaced main character
main character with an under-represented body neuro-diverse main character (own voices) retelling with main character belonging to LGBTQIA+ bisexual main character
(own voices)
main character with an invisible disability main character with anaphylactic allergy
main character of colour in
sci-fi/fantasy
own voices
Latinx main character
free choice non-western (real world) setting own voices main character with chronic pain
West Asian setting Arab main character
(own voices)
main character with wheelchair book by an author of colour biracial main character (own voices) pansexual
main character (own voices)
black main character
(own voices)
main character on the ace spectrum (own voices) LGBTQIA+ main character of colour visually impaired main character book set in central america contemporary world arranged marriage
indigenous main character
(own voices)
diverse non-fiction person of colour of the cover d/deaf/hard of hearing main character immigrant or refugee main character Hijabi main character (own voices)

So I read books for 16 out of the 36 prompts

For the Indian Main Character prompt, I read The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

For the Main Character with an Under Represented Body prompt, I read Dumplin’¬† by Julie Murphy

For the Neuro-Diverse Main Character prompt, I read A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom

For the Main Character with an Invisible Disability prompt, I read Schizo by Nic Sheff

For the Retelling with a Main Character Belonging to the LGBTQ+ community prompt, I read As I Descended by Robin Talley

For the Free Choice prompt, I read Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

For the Non-Western Real World Setting prompt, I read Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin

For the Arab Main Character prompt, I read The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

For the Book by An Author of Colour prompt, I read Shiny Broken Pieces by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton

For the Biracial Main Character prompt, I read¬†To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

For the Black Main Character prompt, I read Geekerella by Ashley Poston

For the LGBTQ+ Main Character of Colour prompt, I read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

For the Visually Impaired Main Character prompt, I read Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

For the Diverse Non-Fiction prompt, I read Being Jazz by Jazz Jennings

For the Person of Colour on the Cover prompt, I read¬†It’s Not Like It’s A Secret by Misa Sugiura

For the Hijabi Main Character prompt, I read Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali

Overall I think I think I did alright, I could’ve done better. But I am proud of the variety of diverse novels I’ve read.


So that was my 2017!

How did yours go? Did we read any of the same books? Let me know in the comments.

Here’s to a better 2018!

Yasmin xx

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my 2016 reading challenges – wrap up

Hi!

this year I set myself two reading challenge; the Goodreads yearly reading challenge and my own monthly reading challenges.

I planned to read 50 books this year and I ended up reading 71! I am really proud of this because I didn’t think I was going to read 50 books in November, so I’m really glad that I just read a lot after exams finished. If you’d like to see all the books I read this year you can check out my year in books on Goodreads!

I decided to create my own monthly reading challenges, inspired by Emma from emmmabooks (on YouTube) tbr challenge jar, in order to read a wider range of books.

I thought it’d be nice to have a post where you all can see all twelve reading challenges and what books I read to complete them.

I do not know what month all of these reading challenges belong to as I sort of lost track of them by the end of the year

so that was how my 2016 reading challenges went!

let me know how any of your reading challenges went this year in the comments

 

Yasmin xx

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my 2017 goals

Hi,

I don’t usually set goals but this year I’ve decided to be a bit organised and make some! I think by putting them on my blog I’ll feel more obligated to go through with them

so here are my 2017 reading/blogging goals!

  • write more book reviews

last year I wrote a review for Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven and I was really proud of it and was really glad to see the positive feedback I got from it. Jess from JBelkBooks¬†said I should write more reviews and I thought that it was a really good idea. I usually write reviews only when I’ve been sent a book for review, but I think it’ll be really nice to review more books for fun!

  • Goodreads reading challenge – read 45 books

in 2016 I planned on reading 50 books, I decided to lower a number of books this year because I know I will have a lot more work with school this year

  • #DiversityBingo2017

I do have a blog post all about #DiversityBingo2017 if you’d like to find out more about this reading challenge. I plan on filling the entire sheet, not only because I want to read more diverse books but because I really want to read a larger range of diverse books this year

 

Those are my goals for 2017, let me know what yours are in the comments!

Yasmin xx

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#diversitybingo2017 – 2017 reading challenge

Hey!

during December 2016 I participated in the #DiversityDecBingo, a read-a-thon encouraging us all to read more books with diverse characters.

I had a lot of fun participating in this read-a-thon so I was really excited to see that they decided to make year round reading challenges to continue promoting diverse books and authors.

romance with a trans main character non-binary main character (own voices) sci-fi/fantasy with disabled main character practicing Jewish main character Indian main character (own voices) displaced main character
main character with an under-represented body neuro-diverse main character (own voices) retelling with main character belonging to LGBTQIA+ bisexual main character
(own voices)
main character with an invisible disability main character with anaphylactic allergy
main character of colour in
sci-fi/fantasy
own voices
Latinx main character
free choice non-western (real world) setting own voices main character with chronic pain
West Asian setting Arab main character
(own voices)
main character with wheelchair book by an author of colour biracial main character (own voices) pansexual
main character (own voices)
black main character
(own voices)
main character on the ace spectrum (own voices) LGBTQIA+ main character of colour visually impaired main character book set in central america contempor-ary world arranged marriage
indigenous main character
(own voices)
diverse non-fiction person of colour of the cover d/deaf/hard of hearing main character immigrant or refugee main character Hijabi main character (own voices)

right now I kind of (not really) know what I’m going to be reading for at least some of the squares

  • Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy – main character with an under-represented body
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – sci-fi/fantasy with disabled main character
  • Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate – Pansexual main character

I will have updates on my Twitter as well as an update every three months on my blog!

let me know if you’re also participating in the #DiversityBingo2017 and any reccomendations in the comments!

Yasmin xx

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my monthly reading challenges – update

Hey,

it’s been a while since I paid any attention to my monthly reading challenges so I thought now would be a good time to update you all.

it’s terrible that I don’t know what reading challenge is for what month but I have completed two and have two more to complete before the end of the year.

for the reading challenge¬†read a book you’ve been wanting to read I read¬†Every Last Word by Tamra Ireland Stone. I really enjoyed reading this book and I seriousy reccomend that you all go check it out.

the other reading challenge I recently completed was read a book with over 500 pages I read Saga Deluxe Edition (Volumes 1-18) by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, I really enjoyed this graphic novel, it was beautiful and funny and just an amazing read.

I plan to complete¬†read an autobiography¬†and¬†read a book that’s been recomended to you on any social media platform. There are so many books I can read for the second one but I have no idea what autobiography to read! Let me know in the comments what autobiography I should read.

 

Yasmin xx

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MONTHLY READING CHALLENGE ‚Äď AUGUST 2016 WRAP UP & SEPTEMBER‚ÄôS READING CHALLENGE

Hi,

This month I didn’t complete any reading challenges, which sucks because the book I was going to read to complete August’s reading challenge was a book I’ve been wanting to read for a while.

August’s reading challenge was to¬†read a book with an LGBT+¬†protagonist.¬†¬†To complete this challenge I was going to read¬†Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I haven’t got round to reading it yet, but I will definitely finish it this month.

September’s reading challenge is to¬†read a book with over 500 pages, I’m not sure what book I’m going to read to complete this challenge, but I’ll hopefully find one.

So thank was my August wrap up, for my reading challenge, and my September reading challenge.

Yasmin xx

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MONTHLY READING CHALLENGE ‚Äď JULY 2016 WRAP UP & AUGUST‚ÄôS READING CHALLENGE

Hey,

This month went really well, I completed both June and July’s reading challenges early in the month.

June’s reading challenge was to¬†read a book with a pink cover, to complete this reading challenge I read The Ring and The Crown by¬†Melissa de la Cruz. Sadly I didn’t really enjoy this book, I found it quite boring and there was nothing that I really found interesting about this novel.

July’s reading challenge was to¬†read a graphic novel,¬†to complete this challenge I read Nimona by¬†Noelle Stevenson. I really enjoyed this book, it was so funny and well illustrated.

August’s reading challenge is to¬†read a book with a LGBT+¬†protagonist.¬†¬†I have been waiting for this reading challenge all year, I¬†have been trying to read more diverse books because I’ve found that I just enjoy them more but also because it’s really important to read books that include minorities. I’m not sure what book I want to read but I have an idea. I either want to pick up Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan, Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli or I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson.

Leave a comment telling me what novel you think I should pick up to complete Augusts reading challenge.

Thank you so much for reading

Yas xx