Now that 2019 has officially begun, it’s time to set my reading goals and challenges for the year. For my fourth year of blogging, I’ve decided to set the bar rather high (at least by my standards). I will be adding a few new challenges as well as continuing some old favorites.
#1 Read and review at least 75 books: For the third year in a row, I’ve managed to complete my primary goal of reading 50 books a year. Although I may be setting myself up, I’ve decided to raise that bar and shoot for a higher target! I think this goal is doable if I pace myself properly by reading 1-2 books each week. If I find myself falling behind, I can always read some of my shorter books until I am caught up.
#2 Read more of my own damn books and slow down on the book buying: I buy a lot of books. Like a ridiculous amount. Fortunately, I don’t have to file bankruptcy as I buy used ones as well as utilizing the good folks at the local library. However, I am going to try to reduce the literature spending a tad. I’m not off to the best start as I’ve already bought two books this year.
#3 Read 20 Books off my Classics Club list: I joined The Classics Club in an effort to read all those old books sitting unread on the shelves. My list not only comprises unfamiliar books but a few good rereads as well. When you join this club, you set the number of books (50, 75, 100) and then try to complete your list in five years. If I read at least 20 classics each year, I will be on target to conquer this list!
#3 Back to the Classics Challenge: For the third straight year, I will be participating in the Back to the Classics Challenge. I have some interesting picks for this year, all related to sci-fi books! Link to the challenge here.
#5 European Reading Challenge: I discovered this challenge last year as it gave me an opportunity to read books from different countries. Hopefully, I can find some interesting books from all around Europe.
#6 Jane Austen Challenge: It makes sense that I try to reread all of Austen’s novels. This year, I’m challenging myself to add some Austen-related reads as well. Alright, maybe I am setting myself up…..
#7 Nonfiction Reading Challenge: Since I’ve been wanting to expand my horizons for this year, I’ve decided to take on this challenge. There are several different levels, but the one I’m most intrigued about is reading a book from each century of the Dewey Decimal System!
So in summary…….BOOKS…..BOOKS……BOOKS!!! This should keep me more than busy. I’ve updated my homepage with a link for my 2019 Reading Challenges. Feel free to comment below some of your reading challenges for the year.