My Reading Goals for 2019

Happy New Year Everyone! Welcome to 2019! What will this coming year bring?

I will complete my work on the Morris Award Committee at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle at the end of January. I can’t say it enough, but this experience has been incredible – so much more than I anticipated. Seeing as how reading for the award absolutely dominated my reading for the past year, I am looking forward to reading anything that catches my eye. However, my TBR bookcase is overflowing with books that had caught my eye at one point, and I want to make a pointed effort to get that situation under control.

Goal #1: Read 50 of #MyOwnDamnBooks.

I really want to make a huge dent in that bookcase, and I think 50 will do that. But in order to make sure that really happens

Goal #2: Don’t buy every damn book that looks remotely interesting.

Goal #2a: Don’t bring home every damn ARC at ALA that looks remotely interesting.

I think you’ll agree that those two go hand in hand. I am SO GOOD at self-sabotage and I’m really going to make an effort to choose books a bit more thoughtfully this year.

Goal #3: Get back to those classics.

While I did move on from moderating The Classics Club, I am still a member. I’d like to make an effort to return to my list, and cross some more titles off. This also includes books on the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die list.

Goal #4: Challenge Accepted.

I chose a couple challenges that fit in with my other goals and I want to actually work to complete them. The first is the TBR Pile Challenge. The other is on Litsy, and it is an A-Z challenge. I chose to do a mix, so either the author’s last name or the title needs to start with each letter of the alphabet and I chose to also include only female authors. I will continue on the other long term projects as well, like The Classics Club, Reading All Around the World and the 1001 Books.

Goal #5: Read More Diversely.

Even though my reading was focused last year, I kept track of a couple areas of diversity in my reading. In particular: Female vs. Male author (as the author identifies), POC author or main character, LGBTQIA+ author or main character. I tried to be as accurate as I could, and did not come across any gender fluid or non-binary authors (to my knowledge) in the past year. Therefore, I’d just like to take those percentages from last year (I haven’t calculated them yet) and make them higher.

. Whew….. I think that’s it. Any thoughts or comments? What are your reading goals this year?

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  1. Good luck with these! I would love to hit 50 books off my shelves, but considering I maxed out at 57 last year that would be a miracle (I have 7+ books on hold at the library right now). I think the biggest shock in my diversity reading this year was 0 books in translation. I haven’t looked too closely, but I’m 99% certain that’s accurate. I’ll have to try a little harder this year.

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    1. Admittedly, 50 will be a push. I finished at 91 books in 2018, so I’m basically trying to read half from my own shelf. We’ll see how it goes, but I’m hopeful. Of course, I just added 15 books to my library wishlist but whatevs. I hadn’t even considered a focus on books in translation…. now you’ve got me thinking.

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