Well, that escalated quickly.
After reading 126 books in 2017, I ended up reading 153 books in 2018, shattering my reading goals two years in a row. (And that doesn’t even count all the manuscripts I read for my day job at Lanternfish Press.)
With that in mind, I decided to set a goal for 150 books in 2019, a goal I think I can easily meet based on my reading habits of the past few years.
In 2018, I read #3 nonfiction books and %3 book in genres I don’t typically read, meaning I didn’t meet my goal of #7 nonfiction and %5 in other genres. This year, I’ll aim to read #7 nonfiction and %5 books in genres I don’t usually read (not counting nonfiction, of course) to see if I can hit my goals this year. I’ll also be participating in the Long Distance Reading Challenge created by my friend Amber, who works at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, NC.
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I got frustrated that nearly every #readingchallenge was for readers very different from me and my friends. We already make a point to read marginalized authors and stories, and genre fiction, and different age ranges. And it didn't feel like much of a challenge to read a book with a blue cover or a title with a number in it. HENCE the Long Distance Readership #LDRCHALLENGE2019 was born! Allowing for Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Raleigh to come together in bookish nerddom. Feel free to join @felizacasano, @london_emi, and me in our attempt to read a bit wider and catch up on things we missed while still staying true to our diverse preferences. There are even extra challenges for the overachievers! For 3 & 4, we each picked a book the other two have to read, which should be interesting. Get a few friends to do it with you and make the experience even greater!
You can find a record of my side of the challenge on my Instagram account–I’ll be keeping highlights in my Instagram Stories.
Let me know what your 2019 reading goals are in the comments!
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- [January] Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (Amalgam Monthly Book Club)
- The Girl King (ARC) by Mimi Yu
- Echo North (ARC) by Joanna Ruth Meyer
- Dragon Pearl (ARC) by Yoon Ha Lee
- One Week Friends, Vol. 1 by Matcha Hazuki
- One Week Friends, Vol. 2 by Matcha Hazuki
- The Calculating Stars* by Mary Robinette Kowal (Girls in Capes Book Club)
- Puella Magi Oriko Magica: Sadness Prayer, Vol. 3 by Magica Quartet and Mura Kuroe
- The Cerulean (ARC) by Amy Ewing
- The Wolf in the Whale (ARC) by Jordanna Max Brodsky (in progress)
- Bingo Love by Tee Franklin (Amalgam Monthly Book Club) (waiting)
- How Long ‘Til Black Future Month? Stories (ARC) by N.K. Jemisin (waiting)
- Crown of Feathers (ARC) by Nicki Pau Preto (waiting)
- Everfair* by Nisi Shawl (Girls in Capes Book Club) (waiting)
- Bloodleaf (ARC) by Crystal Smith (waiting)
- Four Dead Queens (ARC) by Astrid Scholte (waiting)
- The Women’s War (ARC) by Jenna Glass (waiting)
- The Life of Captain Marvel by Margaret Stohl (Amalgam Monthly Book Club) (waiting)
- Red Sister* by Mark Lawrence (waiting)
- Grey Sister* by Mark Lawrence (waiting)
- Holy Sister (ARC) by Mark Lawrence (waiting)
- Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson (in progress)
- Weregirl by C.D. Bell (waiting)
- Empire of Sand (ARC) by Tasha Suri (waiting)
- There Before the Chaos (ARC) by K.B. Wagers (waiting)
- Fireworks (ARC) by Shunji Iwai and Hitoshi One (waiting)
- Armistice by Lara Elena Donnelly (in progress)
- # Genghis Khan: His Conquests, His Empire, His Legacy by Frank McLynn (in progress)
- Vicious by V.E. Schwab (waiting)
- The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch (in progress)
- The Queens of Innis Lear (ARC) by Tessa Gratton (in progress)
- % Migritude by Shailja Patel (in progress)
So far, I’ve completed #0 nonfiction books and %0 books in genres I don’t usually read.
* purchased at Main Point Books in Wayne, Pennsylvania
Last updated 23 January 2019