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Bookish Confessions: Just Read!

Okay, seriously folks, we’re a month into 2019 whether I am ready for it or not.  It being February in New England, it is cold, snow is on the horizon, and the greys and browns of the landscape are, well, blah and uninspiring.  Being the summer girl that I am, I don’t believe in waking up before it’s light outside and I would prefer to hibernate in my bed with a slew of good books surrounding me and a hot cup of tea in hand.  That being said, it’s the perfect time to tackle the TBR (to be read) list.

I entered 2019 in a kind of limbo state where I feel neither here nor there. This is reflected in my reading plan for the year:  I want to read ALL the good books out there… kind of like the person who comes into the library asking if we have any “good books” here.  In the past, I printed or downloaded all the reading challenges I could find (GoodReads, BookRiot’s Read Harder challenge, Classics Club challenge, 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, etc) and charted my progress in both handwritten and electronic reading logs.  I had a crazy, convoluted reading schedule that involved reading many types of books at once at different times of day and sometimes in different formats.  In the infamous words of Susan Powter, “Stop the Insanity!” (insert gif)  I WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO READ ALL THE GOOD BOOKS IN THE WORLD.  And, that’s a good thing really, because it means I won’t ever run out of good books to read.

This year, I pledged on GoodReads to read 100 books, and if they happen to coincide with any other challenges out there, great.  That’s it… nothing too specific. I will simply read books that appeal to me and can ease, excite or inform my mind.  Maybe this will be the year I learn to merely skim a “required” book  (like a book club assignment) when it doesn’t happen to rock my world.  Let this be my reading manifesto for year 2019.

Happy reading!


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Bookish Confessions: Reading Resolutions

Ah, the start of a new year and traditionally, a time of reflection.  So, where am I at in my reading goals and trends?  Last year I participated in three reading challenges and this is how it stood at the close of 2017:

Classics Club 50 Book Challenge in 5 years — year 3 out of 5; 6 additional titles read this year for a grand total of 11 out of 50.  Have to step up the pace!

Pop Sugar 2017 Reading Challenge — 26 out of 40 categories read.  I didn’t really look at the list during the year, so not bad…

GoodReads 2017 Challenge — set at 100 books, with 108 read.  Yippee!

Although I continued to use my handwritten book journal citing the title, author, genre, and summary of the books I read, I did not track the place setting (state, country) like I did in 2016.

My reading goals for 2018 are to:

  • read 9 more classics this year (I really have to up the ante this year in order to reach the 50 book challenge by 2020.  Right now I am listening to Dickens’ David Copperfield which is 27 CD’s long (!), so it’s a good thing I find it humorous and am enjoying it.  
  • read more diversely and keep track of such things as setting, genre, author and characters’ nationality, ethnicity, gender, etc.   Rachel Manwell from Bookriot created a comprehensive reading log that I may use to track this data.
  • read 100 books in the year
  • keep PopSugar’s 2018 Reading Challenge book prompts in mind just for fun!

What are some of your reading goals for 2018?