2019 Reading Plans

Time to look forward and make plans for the new year. I’ve already started doing so for my personal life, so now I’d like to focus on my bookish life.

I anticipate being a bit busier this year, so my reading plans will be tailored to that expectation. My Goodreads reading goal will be something manageable for me, about 40-50 books (still deciding), and I won’t participate in as many year-long reading challenges as I did last year (so goodbye to Book Riot Read Harder Challenge and Library Love Challenge.) I will also try to ignore the temptation to participate in readathons that pop up throughout the year. I kept making TBRs for them in 2018 but failed miserably at them all. I don’t want to go through that again.

So no readathons, no Book Riot Read Harder Challenge, and no Library Love Challenge (though I’ll continue to visit my library). My top-most goals will be:

to spend less
to read more of my own books
to complete some series

But here are the other stuff I plan to do:

Goodreads reading goal
50 books

I keep increasing my annual reading goal by 5 books. I know I can hit this despite being busy because 40-50 books in a year seems to be my average. (But I have my fingers crossed that I’ll surprise myself by reading double this amount.)

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2018 Reading Wrap-Up: Fourth Quarter

This was not a great quarter for reading. Compared to my other quarterly wrap-ups, this one is abysmal. I only got through five books and only one of them received five stars. Surprisingly, the book that received the lowest rating was one I was waiting for years to reread. It was a childhood favorite , but unfortunately, it didn’t hold up well to a reread. On the other hand, the book with the highest rating was one that intrigued me but I wasn’t sure I would like because of how spooky it was at times. So basically nothing went as expected this quarter. Anyway, here are my stats:

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Magical Readathon: Christmas at Hogwarts

As a Harry Potter fan, I was beyond excited when I saw this readathon announced on Book Roast, a booktube channel. It’s creative and a fun, bookish way to celebrate the upcoming Christmas holiday, especially since I expect to be otherwise bored or just plain exhausted. (Hopefully the later because that would mean I have something to do.)

The Magical Readathon: Christmas at Hogwarts will be held from December 17-26, which is a little over a week long. However, I’ll break that rule and just dedicate my whole December to this readathon, if I participate, because I think I’ll read at a slower pace due to being busy and/or exhausted.

This readathon is structured like a “Choose Your Own Adventure” story, which is pretty cool. Participants start with the prompt at the top, “Finish your coursework,” and must choose a path to follow in order to “Attend the Christmas Feast,” which is the last prompt. Reading activities are associated with each prompt (see below).

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2018 Reading Wrap-Up: Third Quarter

Oh man! I read some great stuff this quarter, so it was difficult to choose books for “best of” and “favorites” categories below. It’s been a while since I’ve had such a problem, but I’m glad for it. It was a good quarter for reading.

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2018 Reading Wrap-Up: Second Quarter

The second quarter of the year has come and gone and during that time I read 16 books, only 2 of which were rereads. I consider that a success since I was quite busy during the second quarter.

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2018 Reading Wrap-Up: First Quarter

The first quarter of the year has just ended and my reading is off on a good start. I messed around and read 21 books this quarter, completing approximately half of my Goodreads Reading Goal of 45 books.

I didn’t expect this to happen and certainly didn’t plan for it. But I tend to read more when worried or upset and this quarter had a lot of frustrating ups and downs in my personal life, so maybe that’s why I completed so many books. But anyway, I’m glad the quarter ended on this positive note. Here are the stats:

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2018 Reading Plans

With those reflection posts out the way, it’s time to make plans for the new year. My hope is that it’ll be a thrifty year, reading-wise, because my plan is to mainly read more of the books I own and to buy less books. I’d like to cut the amount I spent on books last year by more than half.

Surprisingly to me, I did pretty well on my reading goals in 2017 and managed to complete 4 of the many reading challenges I participated in. Usually, I’d only successfully complete 1 or none. I’ve also been debating whether or not it makes sense for me to participate in reading challenges since I’m never an active participant in them. I do not create separate posts for updates or follow up on the hosts’ blog to state my progress or engage in conversations on Twitter about what I’m reading for the challenge and how well it’s all going. I basically just state that I’m participating then go off and do it all on my own (or not do it, which is usually the case) like the loner I am.

However, I do find it fun to state that I’m participating and make TBRs (though I never follow them) so….I’ll continue with my mad process. Speaking of which, here are the reading challenges I’ll participate in this year and the books I’ll read for them:

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