2019 Reading Goals

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It seems at the end of every year I find myself looking back at the whirlwind of months gone by, wondering where the time went and searching frantically for a time turner. As 2018 comes to a close I find myself turning more introspective and reflective, pondering the year behind me and also the year ahead. Time is clearly running out. So, I decided to sit down and plot out my 2019 reading goals with my favorite pen and a spare page from my journal.

Before we dive in, I would love to hear about one of your reading goals for 2019. Drop a comment below and share your plans.

Without further ado, here is my list of 2019 reading goals.

You can also watch my 2019 Reading Goals on YouTube

2019 Reading Goals

Read 10 Books Every Month (or 120 books a year)

For the past two years I have had the same reading goal: read 120 books for the year. I have yet to meet it.

In 2017 in read 111 books in total. In 2018 I’ve read 104 (so far). I will keep my goal of 120 because I know it’s possible for me to achieve. After all, I often read more than 10 books a month! However, in both 2017 and 2018 I had cross country moves from Virginia to New Mexico, and back again. I also became a Mrs. in September, marrying my best friend and partner in crime of six years. These were all incredible and meaningful life experiences that I wouldn’t trade for anything. It’s no wonder I was down on my monthly reading, I was busy living out stories instead of just reading them.

In 2019 I will try once more to reach my goal of 120 books. Do you think I can do it this time?

Read 6 Classics I Already Own

In 2018 I sat down to make a list of classics I wanted to read during the year. Out of the 12 listed I read only three.

I think making a list of 12 classics put perhaps too much pressure on the aim to actually read them. At that rate, I’d be reading one each month or have to binge read them all at once. Both of those are hard to fulfill. Reading classics is entirely mood based for me, especially because much of my other reading is based on reviews and release dates.

I adore classics, and I do read quite a few of them each year. That held true this year, but only three of them were from my list. However, when I made my 2018 list I had added quite a few books that I don’t yet own. That small fact only served to increase my failure rate. By listing books I don’t yet have I’m setting myself up to spend more time seeking out editions and copies I want to buy rather than spending that time actually reading them. In 2019 I’d like to remedy that by only adding classics we already own. Once I finish the ones on our shelves I can allow myself to branch out a bit more.

Read from Our Own Obscure Vintage Nonfiction Collection

For the first time since my university days I feel hungry for nonfiction, but not your modern day nonfiction. No, I’m craving something a bit older. My husband and I have an impressive vintage book collection, particularly in natural sciences and old-school etiquette. I think it would be so fun to sit down and actually read some of those old obscure books and see how much perception has changed.  Plus, I might learn some forgotten knowledge at the same time!

Read More Books About Literature & Writing

My entire life is built around books and writing, it’s only natural that I want to continue that education a step further in 2019 by reading relevant tomes on the subject I love most.

Read More Books with Male Leads

At the end of November, when my husband and I had finished reading Roger Lancelyn Green’s Robin Hood together, I realized it had been a very long time since I’d read a traditional hero story. What’s more is I realized that I missed it! After a bit more thought, the kind that sneaks up on you when you’re washing the dishes or taking a morning walk, I slowly realized that over the past year I have hardly read any books at all with male leads. I adore women’s fiction and certainly enjoy reading it, but I’m a reader who admires different perspectives. I’m not sure when or how this shift towards women’s fiction happened, but I’d like the scales to be a bit more even between both sexes in the books I read. I’ve just done a little calculation for the sake of transparency. Of the 104 books I’ve read so far in 2018, 18 of them have had a male lead (17%). I can do better.

Review Everything on GoodReads (even if it’s just a few lines)

At the end of 2017 I made a goal for 2018: record all your reads on GoodReads. I’m proud to say that I did accomplish this goal! GoodReads wasn’t something I used consistently before this year. My hopes for 2019 is to up that use a little bit more and utilize GoodReads as a tool to help me write more thoughtful reviews for more and more books. I’m making it my goal to review absolutely everything I read on GoodReads, even if it is just a few short lines and not the full-fledged, polished reviews I share here on the blog.


That’s it for my 2019 Reading Goals! What are yours? Drop me a line in a comment below! Feel free to leave relevant blog links or youtube links to your own goals list.

Have a wonderful rest of 2018, you little reader you.

Til next time,

Bex

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Bex Skoog

Bex Skoog

Bex Skoog is the creator of the 'Out of the Bex' website, a guide to a more thoughtful life through books and simple living. If she had three wishes they would be for teacups to never empty, to possess an unending supply of classic films, and have access to the world's greatest libraries. Bex lives in Virginia outside of Washington D.C. with her husband and hundreds of stray books.

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