Here I am with my 2nd post of the year and of my epic comeback! Or at least, that’s how I like to look at it 😉 I am here to share with you some of my main reading goals for 2019! These are going to be fairly general goals ending with a list of authors/books that I want to read this year, that I’ve been meaning to read for quite some time.
- Since I am a Goodreads junkie, I will start with my Goodreads Reading Challenge! Last year, I didn’t meet my GR Reading Challenge goal…le sigh. I had finished the year having read 55 books, setting me just 5 books short of my goal! But alas, a new year means I can start again! I am being realistic and setting my goal to 60 books again. Now obviously, I am hoping to overshoot that goal, but I am going to keep it there until I can reach that goal again.
- This was a rather random goal that I had set for myself and slightly in jest with my husband, but I set out a personal goal to read 100 books during his first year of graduate school. Why? Well because he’s back in school again, it means that there is a lot more quiet time at home either because he’s off at school or because he’s home and needs that quiet time to study. So I figure this means that this is a great time for me to just bask in my hobbies and the things that fill my spirit with joy! He started school back in September of 2018 and up to this point, I have read…12…books. Not totally great nor on par to help me reach my goal of 100, but I guess a start? 🙂 That means that I have till June of 2019 to read 88 books…That’s 28 more books than my GR Reading Challenge…haha!! So, we’ll see how well this goal goes for me.
- I would like to continue to read more diversely. Last year, I set out a personal goal of reading at least 1 book each year written by a woman of color and I think, for most of the year, I was pretty consistent with this goal. I would like to continue to read and promote women of color authors, but I would also like to continue to broaden my reading to include not only authors from other marginalized communities, but also stories from marginalized communities. As a woman of color living with a hidden disability, I do think that it is partly my responsibility to read responsibly and to promote these books to continue to broaden modern literature.
- I would like to push myself out of my reading comfort zones. My favorite and go-to genres are fantasy and contemporary, usually in the YA realm. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this, I do want to push myself to read other genres to broaden my reading tastes. Thanks to Book of the Month, I did read a lot more adult literary fiction which I loved and am excited to continue!! I would specifically really like to try to read more Adult Fantasy, particularly High-Fantasy.
- Lastly, I have a list of authors/books that have been on my “to-read” list for quite some time now that I would like to finally get to:
- “Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon – I have bought, sold and re-bought this book so many times. I have been told by a number of people (including my mother-in-law) that I would love this book, so I want to FINALLY just sit down with this and dig into the story.
- Anything by Brandon Sanderson, specifically the Mistborn trilogy – Brandon Sanderson is a prolific adult high-fantasy writer and all of his stories appeal to me, so I don’t know why I haven’t done it yet. I might be slightly intimidated, but this is the year that I push past that!
- “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” by Laini Taylor – I have read her Strange the Dreamer duology and LOVED IT, so there should be no reason why I wouldn’t love her original, Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. But…that might just be the reason why I’m nervous to get started. But, I already own the book so I might as well kick myself in the pants and get to reading!
- Anything by Haruki Murakami – I really don’t know why I haven’t read anything by Haruki Murakami. I rarely ever hear negative things about his books and he’s one of my favorite authors, which means we own a majority of his books. This is one that needs to get remedied ASAP.
- “The Bone Season” by Samantha Shannon – I think I haven’t gotten to this series because I’ve heard some mixed reviews, but I don’t know why I’ve let all that keep me back. Again, another book that I already own so I might as well just block out the haters and see for myself what I think about this book and series.
So those are my 5 main reading goals for 2019! What are you main reading goals for the year? Are there any other books/authors that I should get to in 2019? Let me know in the comments and I’m happy to add them to my always growing TBR list! 😀
Happy reading all!!