I’m so ready to jump into a year focused on reading. Graduate school is in the bag, I’m more settled at my new job, and we’re feeling pretty settled and cozy in our new state.
The past few years have not been great reading years for me. In 2018, I had an abysmal reading year. I’ve never read so few books in the space of the year. Granted, I was reading, but it was mostly articles and research for graduate school. Let’s dive right into my 2019 goals!
Goal #1: Read 39 Books
Here are the cold hard facts about how much I actually read:
That’s right, I only managed 15 books last year. My average book number is approximately 35 and a half. I’m choosing to shoot for 39 books to push myself. And I’ll turn 39 this year so it seems like a good number.
Goal #2: Letters of Sylvia Plath Challenge
I’m going to read both volumes one and two of The Letters of Sylvia Plath because OF COURSE I AM. Each volume is well over a 1,000 pages. I’ll try to finish the first volume by June 30th and the last volume by December 31st.
Goal #3: TBR Challenge
This challenge is hosted by Adam at Roof Beam of Reader. The goal is to read 12 of these 14 books by the end of the year. All of these books have been on my TBR stack for over a year!
- The Bird’s Nest by Shirley Jackson
- Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
- Shirley by Charlotte Bronte
- The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman
- Summer Will Show by Sylvia Townsend Warner
- The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
- Autumn by Ali Smith
- The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
- Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood
- No Name by Wilkie Collins
- Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris
- The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens
- East Lynne by Mrs. Ward
- The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
Goal #4: 2019 Back to the Classics Challenge and Victorian Bingo
There’s a bunch of overlap with both challenges, but I’m excited to do both. Karen of Books and Chocolate has a classics challenge that is not specifically all about the Victorians and will push me to think of things in new ways. The categories for Back to the Classics include 19th-century classics, 20th-century classics, a classic by a woman, classic in translation, comic and tragic novels, a very long classic, a novella, novels from different geographical regions, and a play.
Becky’s Victorian Bingo challenge has several different options, but I’m choosing to go with the fun bingo card!
Goal #5: Chunkster Challenge
All of these marvelous Victorian novels are chunksters, so why not sign up for Becky’s Chunkster challenge?! I like how there are certain points assigned to the length/type of book. I’ll be aiming for reaching 100 points this year.
Goal #6: Read ten books of my Classics Club List
I scrapped my old Classics Club list and made a new one (that’s a future blog post). I love how the Classics Club does “spins” and encourages folks to pick a book off their list they may be postponing.
Goal #7: Reading Journal
All of these lists and challenges and reads are being managed by an awesome book bullet journal I set up yesterday. Expect a Facebook Live event in the near future where I talk show-off and discuss my book journaling method.
Are y’all ready to read? Let me know your bookish goals for the year!