• Reading

    Reading Goals for 2019

    I looked at my laughably ambition 2018 goals, and I decided to modify them a bit.

    I would like to read 100 new to me books this year. I decided to set that as a reasonable number and add more on as I re-read any or set a better pace or read anything too easy to count. After comparing last year’s reads with this year, I decided I needed to step up my goal for nonfiction and break it down into chunks. I think I want to average about 4 nonfiction books a month for about 48 total. I still need to work setting a note-taking habit.

    • Continue on my U.S. history study. I read all of one, I believe towards that this year and that one was in the early part of the year.
    • The Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge (since it’s smaller this year)
      • A book you’ve been meaning to read
      • A book about a topic that fascinates you
      • A book in the backlist of a favorite author
      • A book recommended by someone with great taste
      • Three books by the same author
      • A book you chose for the cover
      • A book by an author who is new to you
      • A book in translation
      • A book outside your (genre) comfort zone
      • A book published before you were born
    • Read my borrowed books (in flux, but I think around 5 now) and unread owned physical books (mostly devotional types books, several of them gifts, I think around 30). I’d also like to read several of my ebooks.
    • Classics Club: I’m working on War and Peace currently on Serial reader, so that should be finished this year. I’d like to read all the Shakespeare’s plays that I have listed, 10, I think. I’d like to finish the Ernest Hemingway novels, and try one C.S. Lewis, and maybe at least start Kristin Lavransdatter.
    • I would like to read 2 poetry collections, 2 essay collections, 4 non Shakespearean plays, 4 autobiographies/memoirs/biographies, and 10 scholarly journal articles. I might look over the Pulitzer Prizes for some works.
    • At least one book in each of these categories:
      • World history
      • Personal development
      • Critical thinking
      • Logic
      • Interpersonal communication
      • Art
      • Music
      • Travel
      • Geopolitics
      • Religion/theology
      • Personal finance
      • Science (non-medical)
    • At least 4 fiction and 4 nonfiction from outside the U.S. and Europe
    • My re-reading possibilities
      • Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries
      • Maybe Anne of Green Gables series
      • Much Ado About Nothing
      • To Have and To Hold
      • The Tale of Two Cities
      • Book of Walter Scott’s Poetry
      • Ivanhoe
      • Aunt Jane’s Hero
      • Evelina
      • The Book Thief
      • The Harvester