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


    • Livia Rose

      Yes, she (Anne Bogel usually does at least one every year, sometimes changing it up a little each time.

  • Tarissa

    Best of luck with all your reading goals this year! You have a lot planned, that’s for sure.

    I looked up Kristin Lavransdatter online after you mentioned in here… looks positively captivating!

    I’ll be excited to hear what you think of all these books of yours, as you start reading them. I have many reading plans for 2019 myself… and as each day of the new year passes, I keep thinking, “Why can’t I already have like 5 books under my belt for the year so far?!” … Haha! I’m quite excited (and adamant) about getting through my booklists this year.


    • Livia Rose

      Kristin Lavransdatter is huge . . . but I think I’d heard of it ages ago in an Elisabeth Elliot book, so when people mentioned it I wanted to try it, I might have to use an app or break it down in someway.

      Yeah, I know what you mean. I’ve already ordered tons of books from the library, but I’m going to have to get a bit more motivation or interest!

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