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:
- When We Collided by Emery Lord
- 11.22.63 by Stephen King
- Beartown by Fredrik Backman
- Caraval by Stephanie Garber
- All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven