2019 Reading Goals

Happy New Year!

This is the time, when the year is so young, that many sign up for reading challenges and set reading goals for the year ahead.

I am terrible with reading challenges, though. I have the best of intentions at the beginning of the year but then I tend to lose discipline and just follow my own reading interests. It’s not that this is a bad thing. In fact, it’s good to give yourself the freedom to freely read whatever strikes your interest, but it’s also good to set goals and try to challenge yourself. The key here is balance.

I didn’t do very well in completing my reading goals for 2018… hey, these things happen, but I was reading. πŸ™‚ Looking forward, I have a few ideas of what I would like to read, but I’m going to keep it pretty open.

The only reading challenge, or event, I plan on participating in this year is the Wales Readathon. And, I’m considering joining Nick’s 2019 Chapter-a-Day Read-Along. I don’t think I will commit to all four books, but I would like to read Don Quixote and The Count of Monte Cristo. Aside from these events, there are a few reading goals I’d like to aim for in 2019:

  • I’d like to read through the Narnia series by C.S. Lewis
  • I’d like to read the Earthsea series by Ursula K. Le Guin (This was inspired by Witch Week 2018’s read along book of The Other Wind. I would like to start at the beginning.)
  • I’d like to start reading Alison Weir’s The Six Wives of Henry VIII
  • I would like to read more Native American History
  • I would also like to try to read more fantasy (besides the Earthsea series and Narnia)

We will see how this plan unfolds. The key is to have fun, discover some new authors, enjoy a series or two that I missed out on as a kid and learn some new things along the way.

Happy Reading in 2019!

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12 thoughts on “2019 Reading Goals

  1. Yay, I’m so glad you are inspired to read the Earthsea series — when I did that this year it was amazing! The one-volume edition that’s just come out is well worth buying — it has all the novels, plus stories, introductions and essays. I still haven’t gotten through all of those “extras.”

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  2. I’m looking forward to reading the Earthsea series this year! I didn’t realize that one-volume book had all those extras. I’m going to have to look a little closer at it the next time I’m in the bookstore. That might be worth getting for all those “extras”. πŸ™‚

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  3. Happy New Year, Paula! Yes, I’m definitely still planning on joining. I’m glad you gave us such advance notice. March will be here before we know it. πŸ™‚

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  4. So good to know you’re planning to read the Earthsea series, you won’t regret it, I’m sure! And Cervantes—I’ve still to read Don Quixote though I’ve read a few of the kinds of medieval epics that inspired it—you may be interested to know that Silvia Cachia is planning a readalong of DQ on her blog (https://silviacachia.wordpress.com) this year.

    Anyway, Buona fortuna for your reading this year, looking forward to reading about it here!

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  5. Thanks, Chris! I have a feeling that I’m going to really enjoy the Earthsea series. I’m going to start with that before Narnia. Witch Week has inspired me to read on yet again. πŸ™‚

    And thanks for letting me know about the read along. That sounds great! I will definitely check out her blog. πŸ™‚

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  6. Hi, Laurie! You know, it was your recent post on The Magician’s Nephew that made me want to start reading Narnia in 2019. I’m sure I said this after watching the movies, but it’s fresh in my mind now. πŸ™‚ I hope you enjoy Lewis’ space trilogy!
    And, yes, “see” you around…March will be here soon! πŸ™‚

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  7. Yay for Din Quixote, obviously. I have read and loved 4 or 5 Narnia books. And you won’t believe it, I read Alison Weir’s The Princes in the Tower, and found it dry. I hope the Henry V one is better.

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  8. I enjoyed the Narnia movies and I’m sure the books are even better! Hmmm, that’s too bad about your Alison Weir experience. I’ve actually read good things about The Wives of Henry VIII so far but I guess I will find out. πŸ™‚

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