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