2019 Reading Challenge – The Year of Finishing!

Happy New Year!

It’s that time again when we review the year we’ve just finished and look forward to the year ahead. One thing that means for me, is setting new reading goals. I accomplished so much more than I ever thought possible in 2018. I’m really excited to see what I can do in 2019.

One thing I decided I wanted to do in 2019 is to finish up at least some of the series I’ve started in the last couple of years. Two years ago my focus was on series books, and everything I read was part of a series. Many of those remain unfinished, as do several that I started this year. It is time to finish them. Or at the very least, continue with them with the intention of eventually finishing them.

I also decided that I’m not crazy enough yet and have opted to participate in not one year-long reading challenge, but two. While waiting for the 2019 Popsugar Reading Challenge list to be released, I checked out the Around the Year in 52 Books (or ATY) 2019 Reading Challenge list. This may have been a mistake, because I discovered I could fit many of the books I already wanted to read into this list too.

So I now have a total of 105 books I plan to read in 2019. This will be a huge stretch for me, and not something I intended to do. The up side of this is that since most are series books, I can binge read the whole series without guilt, or worry that I will throw off my reading schedule.

Besides the two reading challenges, I set for myself three other reading goals for 2019. One, read at least one “classic” novel. Two, read at least three books from my backlog of “borrowed” books. Three, read at least three books from the Newbery Honors list. I think I’ve got these goals well covered:


  • A Tale of Two Cities
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  • War and Peace
  • I, Robot
  • Around the World in Eighty Days

Borrowed books:

  • Grave Peril
  • The Clinic
  • Time and Stars
  • Twisted
  • The Last Innocent Man

Newbery Honors:

  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon
  • The Wednesday Wars
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry!
  • Ella Enchanted
  • Joyful Noise
  • The Tombs of Atuan

My biggest reading goal for 2019 is to make a dent in the huge backlog of unread books on my own shelves, both print and digital. This is one reason why I think attempting two reading challenges might be doable. While I haven’t fully decided on all the books I will read, here’s the break down on what I have chosen so far.

  • 65% are off my physical bookshelves (in the interest of full disclosure, two are new books being released in 2019 that I will purchase)
  • 15% I own on ebook or audio
  • 19% I’ll borrow from the library
  • 1% remains undecided

So there it is, my reading goals for 2019. At 57%, the list is still skewed slightly toward men authors over women. It is predominantly books I already own, but I will still be frequenting my local library. I will finish fourteen series I’ve previously started and make progress on seven more. To be fair, I’ll start on another fifteen, but who’s counting?

I’ll be posting the full reading lists for the Around the Year and Popsugar reading challenges in the coming week. Though, because there are so many books to read, I think I’ll allow myself more flexibility this year with these lists. For my best chance at success, I need to be able to allow myself more freedom to change this plan as the year goes on and other books clamor for my attention.

What are your reading goals for 2019?

2019 ATY Reading Challenge list
2019 Popsugar Reading Challenge list

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