Reading Update: June

Reading Update: June

JUNE!! One of my favorite months of the year. My birthday. The perfect weather. And though I’m not a kid anymore, the perfect nostalgia of the coming summer break.

^It me.

Summer reading is COMING!! Usually I’m a pretty consistent but slow reader until the summer hits, primarily because I used to have a summer vacation to read…now that I don’t, I’m not sure why I still grip on tightly to the idea that I’ll have more time to read, more flexibility to sit up until 3am to finish the book I just started. All the same, it’s a great feeling to be on the cusp of.

And I am plenty-well stocked for the summer. I have so many books on my tbr, but I do feel like I’m legitimately knocking them out, at least. But for this reading update, I want to take the time to evaluate my 52 Book Club 2022 Challenge progress. Prepare yourselves, because I have turned reading into a science trying to complete this challenge.

Behold, the color coded spreadsheet I built just to figure this out:

I didn’t want to have to pick what I was reading just to meet the prompts; I really don’t read like that and thought I could get away with just picking up books and making them fit after the fact…but as I write this, I’ve read 34 books this year and haven’t quite completed that many prompts, truthfully.

Some of the prompts, I’ve completed, but haven’t designated a certain book to fill the spot just yet. That’s what the purple highlight is for. Red highlight indicates a prompt I haven’t completed at all yet (so, definitely what I need to be focusing on in the latter half of the year). And all the yellow highlights are the books I have tentatively chosen to fill those prompts.

My hope behind using the online spreadsheet was that I could Command+F and find all the times a book met a prompt, so I could choose just one slot and block off the rest. It’s a whole thing and I’m tired just thinking about it. However, I know that I definitely need to buckle down now and figure out how many prompts I can actually designate complete at this juncture!

To start, I’m going to go through all my purple highlights and pick one of the books to fill the spot. If that book is already in a different spot, I’ll work backward until I can pull enough of my bonus books into place that I’ll have completed more prompts. I’m guessing I’ll still have a bonus or two, but I think this could work!

Yeah, easier said than done. This is a seriously intense puzzle and I’m convinced I may actually be better off just reading more books than trying to move them around!

I did make a couple successful switches, though. Including books who don’t have published reviews just yet, here is my current list:

  1. A Second Person Narrative: The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
  2. Featuring a Library or Bookstore: Well Matched by Jen DeLuca
  3. Title Starting with the Letter “E”: The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling
  4. Title Starting with the Letter “F”: Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano
  5. Chapters Have Titles: Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay
  6. Household Object on the Cover: The Godparent Trap by Rachel Van Dyken
  7. A Non-fiction Bestseller: The Home Edit by Clea Shearer & Joanna Teplin
  8. Involving the Art World:
  9. A Book That Sparks Joy: She Sheds Style by Erika Kotite
  10. A Book Based on a Real Person: unlock your storybook heart by amanda lovelace
  11. A Book with Less than 2022 Goodreads Ratings
  12. Set on at Least Two Continents: The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill
  13. Includes a Club
  14. A Character with Superhuman Ability: Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune
  15. A Five-Syllable Title: The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
  16. A Book You’ve Seen Someone Reading in a Public Place
  17. A Book Picked Based On Its Spine
  18. Jane Austen-inspired
  19. A Book that has an Alternate Title: Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman
  20. Related to the Word “Gold”
  21. Published by Simon & Schuster
  22. An Unlikely Detective: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  23. Author with an X, Y or Z in their Name: Weather Girl by Rachel Lynn Solomon
  24. Address a Specific Topic
  25. A Wealthy Character: Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
  26. Has an “Author’s Note”: Heartstopper: Volume 4 by Alice Oseman
  27. Includes a Map: Devolution by Max Brooks
  28. Award-Winning Book from Your Country: The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
  29. Over 500 Pages Long
  30. Audiobook is Narrated by the Author: Bag of Bones by Stephen King
  31. Technology-Themed: Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood
  32. A Book That Intimidates You: The Burning by Tim Madigan & Hilary Beard
  33. A Bilingual Character: The Wedding Crasher by Mia Sosa
  34. An Author’s Photo on the Back Cover
  35. From the Villain’s Perspective: Cackle by Rachel Harrison
  36. Recommended by a Favorite Author: How to Love Your Neighbor by Sophie Sullivan
  37. Set in a Rural Area: The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager
  38. Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover!: The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes by Diane Chamberlain
  39. A Middle-Grade Novel: 100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson
  40. A Book with Photographs Inside
  41. Involves a Second Chance: Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper
  42. An Indie Read
  43. Author Who’s Published in More than One Genre: Gwendy’s Final Task by Richard Chizmar & Stephen King
  44. An Anthology
  45. A Book with Illustrated People on the Cover: The Holiday Swap by Maggie Knox
  46. A Job Title in the Title: The Therapist by B.A. Paris
  47. Read During the Month of November
  48. Redo One of This Year’s Prompts but with a Different Genre
  49. Book Title Starts with the Same Letter as Your First Name
  50. A Person of Color as the Main Character: Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner
  51. The Word “Game” in the Title
  52. Published in 2022: Love at First Spite by Anna E. Collins

Even as I’m going through it to write it down I’m realizing more of the ways I can move this around and make it work even better, especially based on what I still plan to read this year. And after going back several times, I’ve managed to fit all 34 of my reads so far into the list! Another great thing: there’s only eight prompts remaining that I haven’t filled at all yet. I need to buckle down and focus on those now!

I’ll update all the posts that got switched around, as well as The 52 Book Club 2022 Challenge page soon to reflect these! Glad I took the time to rearrange them and prep for the remainder of my reading year.

Anyone else doing the challenge? Is it time for a mid-year check in??

No more content today, friends, because that has successfully zapped all my energy.

Hope you have a fabulous Friday and weekend!

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