2019 Reading Goals

I always have so many ideas for reading goals that I never write down because if I did my list would be two pages long and I’d stress myself out and never do them. The year I went with just three goals was my best reading year. It also burned me out for the next six months. Surely there’s a happy median somewhere.

My Reading Wish List:

  • World War II
  • Revolutionary War
  • Civil War
  • World War I
  • Read the World (all the countries)
  • My unread bookshelf
  • My unread Goodreads bookshelf
  • All of Charles Dickens
  • Pretty much all the classics
  • Everything Erik Larson’s written
  • Newberry Honor and Medal books
  • Childhood favorites
  • More childrens
  • More YA
  • More nonfiction

Do you see? I want to read all the books, and my personality is such (cough cough OCD cough) that I want to read all the books about every subject. All. The. Books.

Reading Goals:

What’s a girl to do? So many good books to read, so little time. If I didn’t have a pesky day job and a pesky writing job and a pesky blog (that doesn’t produce money, I might add), then I could just read. All the time. “Moderation in all things” is not something I’m very good at. So here is to that happy median, some moderation within my reading:

  1. More World War II. What can I say? I just love reading about it: the time period, the struggle, the epic battle between good and evil, the struggle of humanity, the unexpected heroism and love.
  2. More Read the World. Like I said last year (and didn’t do), fewer countries than one a month (and more than one a year). But no hard limit. After all, it’s supposed to be a discovery. I want to enjoy the journey, not just reach a destination.
  3. Read some newly released books. Sometimes I get so consumed in reading what I have waiting to be read, that I don’t get to any of the new good stuff. Seeing as I’ll never catch up, there’s no point in going in order.
  4. Read all of Charles Dickens. Or Shakespeare.
  5. Rediscover some childhood favorites.
  6. More nonfiction. I’m thinking a variety of nonfiction. Maybe some science, some health, some history (Revolutionary War, mayhap?).

I’m trying to keep these goals open-ended and organic to change naturally with a shifting future. I don’t know what’s going to happen this year (hopefully good things and challenging situations that encourage learning and growth). Maybe I’ll discover a genre that I want to really explore or a new author (to me) that I want to read the collected works of. This actually happened last year. Upon finishing ReneĆ© Ahdieh’s Flame in the Mist series, I immediately had to read everything else she’d written, which was the Wrath and the Dawn series (The Wrath and the Dawn and The Rose and the Dagger). I want to give myself that leeway to explore, so this list is, by necessity, fluid.

Happy reading this year!

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