It’s a new year so a new chance to direct my reading challenges. I feel stifled if I have too many categories to fill, so I’m not going to do anything fancy. If you like direction in your reading, I’ll link to a couple of specific reading challenges out there you can join at the end of the post.
I’ve stopped trying to read a specific number of books, although I set my Goodreads goal for 125 again. I’m going to count novellas and novels this year, but not graphic novels. Goodreads counts everything, so my total tends to be higher there. I will keep track of all my new books with a 2019 books tag.
The only categorical reading challenge that has stuck with me is my Reading the Alphabet Challenge. Once again, Mr. Curiosity will participate with me. We can’t get Miss Adventure to join us. Maybe next year. We are adding one new category this year – a title beginning with a number, so I’ll have 49 books to read to complete this challenge (X, Y, and Z are combined in a single category).
I feel like I’ve caught up on my series, so I’m not going to do that challenge again. Instead, I want to read some Pulitzer Prize winners. I want to read at least 10 books that have won a major literary award (I’ll be focusing on the Pulitzer Prize winners, but the Man Booker or something similar would also count) for an Award Winning Challenge. It’s something I did back in 2013 and 2015 and I’m ready to do it again.
Finally, instead of a reread or series to focus on, I want to focus on reading books set in multiple locations. I’m not going to set a specific goal, but I will be keeping track of what countries and U.S. states the books I read are set in. I’ve got some maps to color in and hope to make it quite colorful by the end of the year. I’ll keep track of it in a Countries visited list.
For some categories to guide your reading check these out:
Gathering Books is reading women this year and has quarterly reading themes
Modern Mrs. Darcy has ten categories for a book a month (one category is three books by the same author)
Book Riot provides 24 categories that are designed to expand your worldview by reading and push you out of your comfort zone
Hopefully, you can find something to read between all of these choices!