Christian’s 2019 Reading Plan

This year (2018) has been a rough one for reading. Lots of things going on, people to see, hours to work, etc. At the writing of this post, I have read 28 books this year. I’ve read into the 50s and 60s fairly consistently for the past years before this. I’m hoping to be more intentional with my reading in 2019, though. And a great way to do so is to set well-defined goals.

2019 Reading Goals:

Read 100 Books

This is one of those bucket list things for me as an avid reader. I see other working people exceeding and sometimes doubling or tripling this amount in a year so I know it is doable if I set my mind to it. Within these 100 books, I want to read:

– 20 Audiobooks

– My Fiancée’s (almost wife’s) Top 3 from 2018

– 15 Classics

– 10 Rereads

– 20 Non-Fiction

Many of these may have cross over and that’s ok, but I believe these sub-goals will give me the structure and diversity needed to reach this reading milestone in 2019.

Review Every Book

I love to read and I do remember a great deal from each book, but many times I wonder what I thought about a particular part of a book that I don’t intend to reread. I would like to be able to have reviews to refer back to for all 100 (in faith) books this year. Plus, then you all can hear what I think about a book, if you’re interested.

Expand My Reading Taste

In my defense, I already have a fairly wide reading taste. However, I will never be satisfied with my range of reading. This year I want to discover some amazing books in genres that I’m not as familiar with or would not usually explore. You are welcome to comment below with any books or authors that may assist me in this pursuit.

Anticipated Binge-Worthy Authors

Brandon Sanderson – I have read Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, and Elantris by Sanderson but I think this year could be the one I really crack into his other works and be swept away by the greatest literary magician of our time.

Steve Berry – In 2017 a friend of mine gave me The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry, the first in his Cotton Malone series. It has taken me until a year and a half later to finally pick up the next book in the series and begin reading it, but I think I’m falling in love. He writes what I would call conspiracy fiction or maybe conspiracy historical mystery or maybe who even knows what but imagine if National Treasure met Indiana Jones and then got spritzed with a spy novel or two and that’s pretty much what this series is. I’m feeling like you can expect a lot from me about these books in 2019.

Jodi Picoult – AJ loves Jodi Picoult and has read an impressive amount of her books. I’ve read Handle with Care and it was good. So good, in fact, that I’m considering her to be a binge-worthy author for 2019. Plus, we own like half her books so that sets me up nicely (thanks Hun!).

Rick Riordan – Last but certainly the farthest thing from least, Mister god of Olympus himself, Rick Riordan. I am desperately in love with Percy Jackson & The Olympians and Heroes of Olympus. Back when the first Trials of Apollo book came out I was excited and read through it adoringly, but I haven’t read the rest of the series (the parts of it that have been released anyway), so I want to fix that tragedy this year. I also am interested in the Kane Chronicles for this year. Riordan makes this list because he is amazing and because, let’s face it…can you actually read his books without binging them all in a row?

Anticipated Binge-Worthy Series

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan

Song of Ice and Fire by George R. Martin

Ember in the Ashes Trilogy by Sabaa Tahir

Darker Shade Trilogy by Victoria Schwab

What should YOU be reading in 2019?

This year, I’ve not regretted a single of the 28 books I have read. It pains me to limit my favorites down to five, but here we go! Here are the five books I think you should read in 2019:

  1. When We Collided by Emery Lord
  2. 11.22.63 by Stephen King
  3. Beartown by Fredrik Backman
  4. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  5. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

AJ’s 2019 Reading Plan

I can’t believe that it is less than a week until we are in the new year and the last of the twenty tweens, that’s pretty scary to me. Anyway, my plan is to make this the best reading year of my life and so I have set some pretty ambitious goals. Christian and I get married in March so it’s already set to be the best year of my life and so I am hoping that it will only be made better by my reading.

I am also wanting to review every single book I read in 2019. This is the third year in a row I am trying to do this, I have not even come close to succeeding before, but I am hoping that this blog will push me to be better at that.

Reading Challenges:

  1. Read 100 books. The best reading year I have ever had since I began tracking my reading, I read 84 books. This year I read 50. So, this is pretty ambitious, but I think I can do it. I am going to do a smaller aim of 10 books per month knowing I probably won’t hit that each month particularly around the time of the wedding.
  2. Popsugar 2019 challenge. You can view the challenge and some suggestions for books that fit the various challenges here, I am hoping this will stretch my reading and expose me to some books that I wouldn’t have otherwise read.
  3. Read One Book for Every Year I Have Been Alive. 1997-2019 = 22 books. The only rule for this challenge is that they can’t be rereads.
  4. Goodreads Choice Checklist. I want to read all of the Goodreads Choice 2018 winners (except for the cookbook and picture book).

Authors of the Year:

  1. Brandon Sanderson. I actually haven’t really read anything by Brandon Sanderson, but he has so many popular books and I would love to get through a large chunk of them.
  2. Rick Riordan.I have read his Percy Jackson series and The Lost Hero. I really enjoyed those so I would like to get through a few more next year having not read a single thing of his in 2018.
  3. Jane Austen.I read Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility in high school and loved both. This is the only author where I am hoping I will get through all of her works next year (including P&P and S&S).

Series of the Year:

(I have started some of these series and some of them I haven’t, but I am hoping to finish all of them by December 31st, 2019.)

  1. Outlander
  2. Vampire Academy
  3. Mistborn
  4. Lunar Chronicles
  5. Crazy Rich Asians
  6. Red Queen
  7. Kingkiller Chronicles
  8. A Court of Thorns and Roses
  9. Throne of Glass
  10. A Darker Shade of Magic

5 Star Predictions:

I’m guessing I’ll absolutely love the following books and these will be like the top 10 of my 2019. Obviously, there is no real way to know but I thought it would be a fun game to guess:

  1. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  2. Vicious by V.E. Schwab
  3. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  4. The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody
  5. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  6. Circe by Madeline Miller
  7. Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
  8. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
  9. The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
  10. Queen of the Tearling by Erica Johansen

My final aim for this year is to more read books that I am interested in even if they have peculiar names or covers, or even if they have a stigma attached to them. Honestly, not judging myself for what I am enjoying reading will be one of the most stretching things I could do in my reading life.