It’s halfway through 2019, which means it’s time for another reading goals check in! I feel like I’ve been doing pretty well, but let’s jump in and see if that’s actually the case.
Be sure to check out my first-quarter goals review to see how I’ve been doing since March!
My 2019 Reading List:
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry. I read this one fairly early on in the year, and I really enjoyed it. It wasn’t a favorite, but still a great historical fiction novel.
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. I haven’t read this one yet, but I might try and get to it this summer.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. I am planning on reading this before the movie adaptation is released (I think in September or October?). I’m actually really curious to see how I feel about it, because I didn’t love The Secret History as much as everyone else seems to.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. I’m honestly surprised I haven’t read this one yet, but I will soon! I think it might make good summer read.
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. I did read this, and, unfortunately, didn’t love it. It was good, but I think I was just expecting more based on the hype.
Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson. I really enjoyed this one, particularly the audiobook, which is read by Edward Herrman (aka Richard Gilmore).
Botanical Shakespeare: An Illustrated Compendium by Gerit Quealy. This was interesting, but not quite what I was expecting. Still a fun addition to my Shakespeare reading.
Becoming by Michelle Obama. Obviously, I loved this one. I mean, it’s Michelle Obama. It was also really inspiring, and I’m very glad I read it. Highly recommend!
The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery. I did read this one, and really liked it. It was just fascinating, and definitely made me love octopuses even more.
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. I enjoyed this one. It’s not a must-read, but I would recommend it.
How Am I Doing?
Seven out of ten books read! I finished the entire nonfiction reading list, which is great. I think I’m definitely on track to finish my reading list this year, and I’m really happy about it!
My Five-Star Predictions:
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. I finally read this and I loved it so much! It’s easily one of my favorite books now. Definitely a five-star read!
Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson. I liked this one slightly less than Isaacson’s da Vinci biography – which just might be because of the science vs. art contrast (I still haven’t fully wrapped my head around the theory or relativity) – but I still loved it. Also five stars.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. I haven’t read this one yet, but I think it would make a great fall or winter read, so I might save this for later in the year when I can curl up with a cup of tea.
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Read this, loved it. I’m still thinking about it. Another five-star read.
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. I did read this one. And I didn’t love it. It just wasn’t my cup of tea, and I didn’t really get the hype. I didn’t dislike it, but it wasn’t as amazing as I was expecting it to be. I still gave it four stars, though.
How Am I Doing?
Not bad. Out of the five books on my list, I’ve read four and gave three of them five-star ratings. I’m really looking forward to reading The Nightingale later this year!
2019 Reading Goals:
Continue Reading (At Least) One Nonfiction Book a Month. I’ve definitely done really well with this goal! I don’t even have to think about it anymore because I’ve gotten so much better at picking up nonfiction books that sound interesting to me. My unofficial goal for the year was to read around 25% nonfiction, and I’m currently at 27%, so not too bad.
Finish the Complete Works of Shakespeare Before I Turn 30. I actually accomplished this one! Including reading all the sonnets. It felt great, but it was also kind of weird to not have any Shakespeare left to read. Check out my ranking of all Shakespeare’s plays to see what I thought of them all!
Read More Lesser Known Books. This one is actually quite a bit harder to judge than I thought, but I think I’m doing pretty well. I want to read some more backlist books that fit into this category, but I do have a few of those already on my reading list for the year.
Read More Diverse Books. This goal is one I need to work on more. I’m currently at around 20% diverse books, which definitely could be better.
Stop Being Afraid of Big Books. I’m doing pretty well with this one, actually. I’m still reading plenty of smaller books, but I have read quite a few big books this year, including a few I’ve been putting off for years (namely The Pillars of the Earth and Vanity Fair). I’m also currently reading The Priory of the Orange Tree and will likely pick up at least a couple more big books later this year.
Read 100 Books. As of my writing this post, I have read 84 books so far this year, and am 36 books ahead of schedule! I will likely hit my goal of 100 books in the next month or so, which is amazing. I’m considering increasing my goal to 150 for the year.
How Am I Doing?
I think I’m doing fairly well! I need to work on reading more diverse books, but the rest of my goals are either complete, almost complete, or on schedule. I’m pretty happy with how I’m doing so far.
Did you set yourself reading goals for this year? How are you doing so far? (Don’t worry, we still have time to catch up!)