My 2019 Reading Goals
In 2018, I wanted to make reading a priority. Well I ended up reading 189 books, so I think we can safely say that reading was a priority for me. That is definitely not normal, but ever since I discovered romance, I easily fly through them, because I need to know that everyone ends up with their happily ever after. My goal for 2019 is to read 100 books. I think that will be a reasonable number, but I’ll probably watch a lot of Netflix too (looking at you, Season 3 of The Crown).
I definitely want to continue reading more diversely, especially women of color. I started doing that last year and will continue to seek out more authors whose backgrounds differ from mine. I’m also going to try and read more books by men, not necessarily old classic by white men, though I do plan to tackle War and Peace this year. But I am interested in reading more men of color. So if you have any good recommendations, please let me know.
In 2018, I did not do such a hot job with reading books I already owned. Finding romance definitely did not help the situation. I do not even want to know how much money I gave to Amazon last year because of romance. So this year, I tallied up all my unread physical books and Kindle books and started a specific Unread Shelf on my Goodreads. Y’all, that number is 120; it was 122, but I finished The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and Down with Love yesterday. That is way more than I started off last year with! I will say that library book sales make up the majority of the physical books. I also have three series in that number, so if I can knock out those, the number will come down. I am following #theunreadshelfproject2019 on Instagram to see what others are reading. So maybe if I hold myself accountable through that, things will go better than last year.
I haven’t put myself on a book-buying ban (yet!), but I did cancel my Book of the Month subscription. Over the two-plus years I did it, I have only read 7 or 8 of the books I picked out; all the other ones I have still have yet to read or even skipped months. I’m just trying to be more intentional about books that I buy and what I’m spending money on. I know I’ll still end up buying books, but I want to make sure the books I buy are ones I will read soon or are for a specific reason. Although check back in six months and see how it’s all going.
What are your reading goals for 2019?