2024 Q1 goal check-in time!

April 10, 2024

25% there: how is my progress on my 2024 goals?

The first quarter of the year FLEW by! I have no clue where I stand on my goals for the year so far because I haven’t done a great job of keeping up with them, so I’m very curious to see how these numbers turn out. Let’s get started!

✨ Goodreads challenge ✨

I’m at 62 books read for the year so far. My goal is 200 books, so I’m 31% there and 8 books ahead of schedule.

✨ 2024 TBR ✨

I picked 24 books for 2024, intending to read 2 per month. I’m a bit behind on this one, as I’ve only read 3/24 when I should have read 6/24 by now! Here are the books I’ve read from this list so far:

  1. House of Flame and Shadow by Sarah J. Maas ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  2. Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  3. Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Here are the books left on my list:

  1. The Undermining of Twyla and Frank by Megan Bannen
  2. The Familiar by Leigh Bardugo
  3. Ghost Station by S.A. Barnes
  4. Finlay Donovan Rolls the Dice by Elle Cosimano
  5. How to Make a Horror Movie and Survive by Craig DiLouie
  6. An Education in Malice by S.T. Gibson
  7. The House That Horror Built by Christina Henry
  8. The Night Flyers by Jonathan Janz
  9. What Feasts at Night by T. Kingfisher
  10. A Witch’s Guide to Magical Innkeeping by Sangu Mandanna
  11. It’s Only a Game by Kelsea Yu
  12. The Thief of Always by Clive Barker
  13. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
  14. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
  15. Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
  16. Teeth in the Mist by Dawn Kurtagich
  17. Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
  18. A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn
  19. The Sun and the Void by Gabriela Romero-Lacruz
  20. The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay
  21. The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso

✨ Seasonal TBRs ✨

I’m not doing too badly on my seasonal TBRs so far this year! I mean, spring just started, but I did alright with winter.

WINTER (5/6 completed)

SPRING (0/6 completeD)

✨ 2024 series goals ✨

Like last year, I picked ten series to finish by the end of the year. With the number of books I needed to read to finish all of these, I think it equals out to something like 2.33 books per month, but I definitely haven’t made that much progress yet. 😂 Here’s what I’ve read from the list:

  • Thirteens (Thirteens, #1) by Kate Alice Marshall ⭐⭐⭐⭐

That’s it. 💀 LOL I’m literally laughing at myself while typing this because I didn’t realize I had only knocked ONE book off of my list so far! Here’s what’s ahead of me:

  • Dragon Unleashed and Raven Unveiled (Fallen Empire, #2 & #3) by Grace Draven
  • Aurora Burning and Aurora’s End (The Aurora Cycle, #2 & #3) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  • Darkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicle, #3) by Jay Kristoff
  • Winter and Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles, #4 & #4.5) by Marissa Meyer
  • The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games, #0) by Suzanne Collins
  • City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6) by Cassandra Clare
  • Legendary and Finale (Caraval, #2 & #3) by Stephanie Garber
  • Eidolon, The Ippos King, and multiple novellas (Wraith Kings) by Grace Draven
  • Ashen Son, Daughter of No Worlds, Children of Fallen Gods, and Mother of Death & Dawn (entire The War of Lost Hearts series) by Carissa Broadbent
  • Brackenbeast and Glassheart (Thirteens, #2 & #3) by Kate Alice Marshall

✨ tbr jar picks (2 per month) ✨

I think this is the goal I’m doing the worst at, besides the series goal! These are all of the books I’ve pulled from the jar so far:

    • Darkest Unsolved Mysteries by Ed Collins
    • Cinema Viscera edited by Sam Richards ❌ DNF ❌
    • Snuff by Bonny Capps
    • Let’s Go Play at the Adams’ by Mendal W. Johnson
  • MARCH:
    • An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good by Helene Tursten
    • If You Tell by Gregg Olsen

✨ prompt jar picks (2 per month) ✨

The prompts for this one are vague enough that I thought it would be a breeze! Alas… nothing about 2024 has been a breeze so far, especially my reading habits 🤪

    • romance: Blurred Lines by Andi Jaxon ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    • anthology: Dead Letters edited by Jacob Steven Mohr (not done yet)
    • fantasy: Throne of the Fallen by Kerri Maniscalco ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫
    • romance: The Risk by S.T. Abby ⭐⭐
  • MARCH:
    • Terry’s choice: Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames (not done yet)
    • sci-fi: Ghost Station by S.A. Barnes (not done yet)

✨ misc. reading goals ✨

Fewer current reads at one time:

I continued my goal of no more than 6 concurrent reads, which helped me a lot in 2023. Honestly though, I’m ditching this goal! It didn’t serve me well the past few months and I’ve decided I’d rather allow myself as many mood reads as I need, as long as I’m making actual progress on each of them and not just letting them sit there forever.

write reviews within 48hrs of finishing a book:


post more frequently:

I’ve done pretty well with this, I think! I haven’t quite succeeded at my “1 tiktok video per week” goal, but I’ve definitely been more active on here and on instagram.

book ban:

I’ve done surprisingly REALLY well with this!

read 350+ days this year:

Obviously we’re only a few months into the year, but I’ve read every single day so far this year, so I’ve had a great start to this goal!

That’s it! As you can see, I haven’t stuck to some of these goals as much as I’d like to, but the beginning of the year is frequently pretty scatterbrained for my reading habits, so I’m not stressing. Besides, the goals are just for fun at the end of the day and it doesn’t really matter if I “fail” any of them.

Do you have any 2024 reading goals you’re working on, and if so, how are they going so far?


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    1. Ah well goal rules are there to break 😉 I think you’re doing good. We’re only 25% in and you might end up making a spring somewhere.

    1. You’ve got a lot of goals going on so I think you’re doing pretty well to keep up with this many! 😊 They seem fun though – I’ve done a TBR jar before but I’ve never tried a prompt jar 🤔

      My main goal for this year was to read more books than I buy each month, and it’s going really well! I’ve only bought one book the whole year so far, and that was a preorder so I’m very happy with my progress ✨

    1. You still have plenty of time to reach those goals and if not you worked on all of them and that’s all that matters. We can definitely pick some of those series that we plan on buddy reading in May to help with that goal.

    1. Good luck with your goals! I barely set any for myself at the beginning of the year, but I am trying to come up with a ‘priority TBR’ of books that I really want to read this year.

    1. That’s awesome that you’ve read every day this year so far! I was doing a 100 day challenge from the start of the year where that was my goal. I definitely didn’t make it, which was a little disappointing – cos how hard is it to find just like 15 minutes each day to read? Haha, but evidently it is hard for me 😛 I’m cheering for you to keep up that success rate 🥳

    1. I also feel like the first quarter of the year flew by so fast 😱 Looks like you did well with your Winter TBR! Excited to see The Honey Witch and The Spellshop on your Spring TBR, I’m so excited for these books 🥰

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