2019 Reading Goals

It’s a new year, which means it’s time for some new reading goals! Starting a new year feels like a chance to start fresh. I like setting goals each year for my reading, because I like challenging myself. I don’t succeed at all of them, but I’ve set some goals in the past that have turned into wonderful habits.

Here are my reading goals for 2019:

Continue Reading (At Least) One Nonfiction Book a Month. I think this is my favorite reading goal that I’ve ever set for myself. 2019 is the third year I will have done this, and I absolutely love reading so much nonfiction. It has really changed who I am as a person, and I’ve discovered some new favorites I might not have picked up otherwise. I haven’t missed a single month in two years, and I am not planning on breaking that streak any time soon. I would like to read more nonfiction this year. My goal is about 25 percent nonfiction total (and, ideally, two or three biographies). We’ll see if I can accomplish it.

Finish the Complete Works of Shakespeare Before I Turn 30. Yes, this year, I am turning 30. I’m honestly looking forward to it (my 20s were not great, and I’m excited to leave them behind). I didn’t finish any of those “books to read before you’re 30” lists (not even the one I made for myself), but I am determined to finish the complete works of Shakespeare before my 30th birthday. I have eight plays left, and five months in which to read them, so I think I can definitely accomplish this one.

Read More Lesser Known Books. This past year, I’ve noticed that I’ve been gravitating towards more popular books. Which is fine; some of them are really great. But I love the idea of discovering those hidden gems, both for myself and so I can share them with you. I am setting myself a goal of reading at least one relatively unknown book a month, but I think I’m going to wait to start this one until I get through Shakespeare so my monthly reading lists don’t get too crazy. Hopefully I’ll fit in a few before then, but I’m not going to pressure myself.

Read More Diverse Books. I am a huge proponent of reading as diversely as possible, but I didn’t do all that well with this in 2018. Only about a quarter of the books I read could be counted as diverse in some way, which I’m not happy with at all. I would like to aim for at least half in 2019, because there are some great diverse books on my TBR that I’d love to get to.

Stop Being Afraid of Big Books. I have actually liked most longer books I’ve read. But I don’t read all that many of them, even though I have several I’m really excited about. They don’t scare me, per se, but I am put off by the time it takes to read them, simply because I feel like I have to read enough books to keep up with this blog. But this year, I learned it’s not the end of the world if I don’t read quite as much as I want to. And I also tend to read multiple books at once, so if it takes me longer to make my way through that Napoleon biography while I read a few shorter books on the side, that’s okay, too.

Read 100 Books. This year, I set my Goodreads reading goal at 100 books, which I’ve been able to accomplish four years in a row now. I don’t anticipate having a problem with this one, but I know 100 books is a lot, especially if I read all of the longer books I hope to read this year.

I think these are fairly manageable goals. They’re things I really want to work on this year, and I’m hopeful that I can actually accomplish all of these.

Do you have any reading goals for this year?

18 thoughts

  1. I started 2019 off with a 656 pager, and I don’t know whether to be proud of myself or terrified I won’t reach my reading goal. Much like you, I get put off by how long they take to read. Happy 2019x

  2. These are great resolutions, and I hope that you’ll achieve all of them wonderfully! Some big books are really good (Les Misérables for one), but I understand getting put off from reading them… hopefully you’ll find some big books that you’ll enjoy! My goal is to read about 50 books, and that’s the only bookish goal I have at the moment, to be honest.

    1. Thanks! I completely agree. And Le Mis is definitely on my list! I’m not sure I’ll get to it this year, but maybe next year. Good luck with your goal!

  3. I also want to read at least one nonfiction book a month this year. Here’s hoping we’re both successful with that goal! Happy 2019 reading!

    1. Thanks! I keep buying books that look interesting, but gravitating towards the more popular books instead. Need to read some of the overlooked books on my shelf. Let me know if you decide to participate, too!

  4. These are some really great goals- especially reading the complete works of Shakespeare! hehe I like the “stop being afraid of big books” as well- I should try that 😉 Good luck with all of these! And happy new year!

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