My list of books I’d love to read in 2019 is a bit overambitious for a couple of reasons. I barely managed last year’s goal of 20 books, and, as evidenced by last year’s results, I am not so great with the whole “sticking to lists” thing. (That’s fine with me, though. If a new interest me keeps me reading, I’m all for veering wildly off course!)
That said, every book on my lists is there because at one point I was excited about it. The synopsis, or the cover, or some element of the story wormed into my brain and made me think, “I have to read that.” So I make these lists to remind myself so these titles don’t disappear in my endless Goodreads “Want to Read” shelf.
My general reading goal this year is 25 books, a number I really think I can reach. I’m finally out of my dreaded reading slump and finding the joy in reading again has been such a lovely experience. Of those 25 books, I am hopeful that some or most will be these beauties:
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, The Savior’s Champion by Jenna Moreci, and The Two Towers by the masterful J.R.R. Tolkien are all books I’ve started already and just need to finish. The rest, in no particular order, are as follows:
- The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
- Sky in the Deep – Adrienne Young
- The Great Hunt – Wendy Higgins
- Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
- The Thief – Megan Whalen Turner
- My Lady Jane – Cynthia Hand
- Dragonsong – Anne McCaffrey
- A Discovery of Witches – Deborah Harkness
- The Return of the King – J.R.R. Tolkien
- Grim Lovelies – Megan Shepherd
- Amber & Dusk – Lyra Selene
- Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo
- The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss
- Timeline – Michael Crichton
- And I Darken – Kiersten White
- An Enchantment of Ravens – Margaret Rogerson
- (Not Pictured) Geekerella – Ashley Poston
- (Not Pictured) Sherwood – Meagan Spooner
With their sequels in tow, these books should easily fill my 25-book goal for the year. But I fully expect to veer off the list from time to time, and of course I will share that with you at the end of the year when I reveal how well I succeeded (or how brilliantly I failed) in reading these specific titles.
I’d like to put in a word here about reading speeds. I have to confess that over the last year my love of BookTube has led to me wondering if I’m a slow reader. I felt my list of 20 (or 25, this year) books was small and sad, and that if I really loved reading like I’ve always claimed I do, I’d read 50, 80, 100 books or more a year and it would be easy.
I know, of course, that this isn’t true.
Comparison is such a jerk, isn’t it? If you have been feeling similarly small about the number of books you read, I’m giving you permission to let that go. If my list (which is dreadfully overambitious for me personally, I’ll remind you) makes you feel bad about your smaller goal for this year, feel free to ignore it or click away. Every book is an entire world and experience all on its own, and there is nothing wrong with taking your time to live it. And there’s nothing wrong with taking time to live real life in between. You can read for so many reasons, for depth or width or adventure or a break, and all of it is great and wonderful.
I hope you’ll share with me some of your reading goals this year! If you don’t make reading goals, what was your favorite read of 2018, or what are you looking forward most to reading this year?
Happy reading, friends!