150 Books in 2019

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!

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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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  1. okorafor_binti_book1_pb[January] Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (Amalgam Monthly Book Club)
  2. The Girl King (ARC) by Mimi Yu
  3. Echo North (ARC) by Joanna Ruth Meyer
  4. Dragon Pearl (ARC) by Yoon Ha Lee
  5. One Week Friends, Vol. 1 by Matcha Hazuki
  6. One Week Friends, Vol. 2 by Matcha Hazuki
  7. The Calculating Stars* by Mary Robinette Kowal (Girls in Capes Book Club)kowal_calculating stars
  8. Puella Magi Oriko Magica: Sadness Prayer, Vol. 3 by Magica Quartet and Mura Kuroe
  9. The Cerulean (ARC) by Amy Ewing
  10. So I’m a Spider, So What? (light novel) Vol. 1 by Okina Baba
  11. [February] * Monstress, Vol. 1 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
  12. Monstress, Vol. 2 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
  13. Monstress, Vol. 3 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
  14. franklin_bingo love v1Bingo Love by Tee Franklin (Amalgam Monthly Book Club)
  15. Crown of Feathers (ARC) by Nicki Pau Preto
  16. Puella Magi Oriko Magica: Sadness Prayer, Vol. 4 by Magica Quartet and Mura Kuroe
  17. Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
  18. Zero Sum Game by S.L. Huang
  19. Say I Love You., Vol. 1 by Kanae Hazuki
  20. Say I Love You., Vol. 2 by Kanae Hazuki
  21. shawl_everfairEverfair* by Nisi Shawl (Girls in Capes Book Club)
  22. The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie
  23. [March] Riverland (ARC) by Fran Wilde
  24. Inuyasha, Vol. 53 by Rumiko Takahashi
  25. Inuyasha, Vol. 54 by Rumiko Takahashi
  26. Inuyasha, Vol. 56 by Rumiko Takahashi
  27. Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun, Vol. 1 by Izumi Tsubaki
  28. Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun, Vol. 2 by Izumi Tsubaki
  29. Life of Captain Marvel V1The Life of Captain Marvel by Margaret Stohl (Amalgam Monthly Book Club)
  30. % Unmarriageable* by Soniah Kamal
  31. Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun, Vol. 3 by Izumi Tsubaki
  32. Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun, Vol. 4 by Izumi Tsubaki
  33. Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun, Vol. 5 by Izumi Tsubaki
  34. Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun, Vol. 6 by Izumi Tsubaki
  35. Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun, Vol. 7 by Izumi Tsubaki
  36. Hurley_Geek Feminist Revolution# The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley (Girls in Capes Book Club)
  37. Sisi, Empress on Her Own [AUDIO] by Allison Pataki
  38. Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun, Vol. 8 by Izumi Tsubaki
  39. Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun, Vol. 9 by Izumi Tsubaki
  40. Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun, Vol. 10 by Izumi Tsubaki
  41. Because of Miss Bridgerton [AUDIO] by Julia Quinn
  42. The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn
  43. The Lady Most Likely… by Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Connie Brockway
  44. The Passionate One by Connie Brockway
  45. The Reckless One by Connie Brockway
  46. The Ravishing One by Connie Brockway
  47. Potent Pleasures by Eloisa James
  48. Midnight Pleasures by Eloisa James
  49. Enchanting Pleasures by Eloisa James
  50. Much Ado About You by Eloisa James
  51. Someone to Love by Mary Balogh
  52. [April] Someone to Hold by Mary Balogh
  53. Someone to Wed by Mary Balogh
  54. man-eaters-vol-1-tp_b904fdfe95Man-Eaters, Vol. 1 by Chelsea Cain & Kate Niemczyk (Amalgam Monthly Book Club)
  55. Your Wicked Ways by Eloisa James
  56. The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn
  57. Someone to Care by Mary Blaogh
  58. Born to be Wilde by Eloisa James
  59. An Offer from a Gentleman by Julia Quinn
  60. The Further Observations of Lady Whistledown by Julia Quinn, Suzanne Enoch, Karen Hawkins, and Mia Ryan
  61. Longbourne [AUDIO] by Jo Baker
  62. Lady Whistledown Strikes Back by Julia Quinn, Suzanne Enoch, Karen Hawkins, and Mia Ryan
  63. Four Nights with the Duke by Eloisa James
  64. In Bed with a Highlander by Maya Banks
  65. Seduction of a Highland Lass by Maya Banks
  66. Talk of the Ton by Eloisa James, Julia London, Rebecca Hagan Lee, and Jaqueline Navin
  67. A Kiss at Midnight [AUDIO] by Eloisa James
  68. Never Love a Highlander by Maya Banks
  69. Colters’ Woman by Maya Banks
  70. Colters’ Lady by Maya Banks
  71. Fight Club 2-cover[May] Fight Club 2 by Chuck Palahniuk (Amalgam Monthly Book Club)
  72. When Beauty Tamed the Beast [AUDIO] by Eloisa James
  73. The Duke’s Disaster by Grace Burrowes
  74. Tremaine’s True Love by Grace Burrowes
  75. % A Case of Bier by Mary Daheim
  76. Kiss Me, Annabel by Eloisa James
  77. The Taming of the Duke by Eloisa James
  78. Dao_Forest of a Thousand LanternsForest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao (Girls in Capes Book Club)
  79. The Adventure Zone, Vol. 1: Here There Be Gerblins by Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, and Carey Pietsch
  80. The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red* by Martha Wells
  81. Seven Blades in Black (ARC) by Sam Sykes
  82. The Tempting of Thomas Carrick [AUDIO] by Stephanie Laurens
  83. Teeth in the Mist (ARC) by Dawn Kurtagich
  84. Ranma 1/2 #1-2 by Rumiko Takahashi
  85. Ranma 1/2 #3-4 by Rumiko Takahashi
  86. Ranma 1/2 #5-6 by Rumiko Takahashi
  87. Ranma 1/2 #7-8 by Rumiko Takahashi
  88. Ranma 1/2 #9-10 by Rumiko Takahashi
  89. Ranma 1/2 #11-12 by Rumiko Takahashi
  90. Ranma 1/2 #13-14 by Rumiko Takahashi
  91. [June] It Happened One Night by Stephanie Laurens, Mary Balogh, Jacquie D’Alessandro, and Candice Hern
  92. It Happened One Season by Stephanie Laurens, Mary Balogh, Jacquie D’Alessandro, and Candice Hern
  93. MBH V1My Brother’s Husband, Vol. 1 by Gengoroh Tagame (Amalgam Monthly Book Club)
  94. Pleasure for Pleasure by Eloisa James
  95. Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
  96. Ten Things I Love About You by Julia Quinn
  97. The Lost Duke of Wyndham by Julia Quinn
  98. To Sir Phillip, With Love by Julia Quinn
  99. Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn
  100. inkmistress-coulthurstInkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst (Girls in Capes Book Club)
  101. Mr. Cavendish, I Presume by Julia Quinn
  102. # Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune [AUDIO] by Bill Dedman & Paul Clark Newell, Jr.
  103. The Countess by Lyndsay Sands
  104. The Heiress by Lyndsay Sands
  105. Knight of My Dreams by Lyndsay Sands
  106. The Duchess War by Courtney Milan
  107. Heartwood Box (ARC) by Ann Aguirre
  108. The Unbound Empire by Melissa Caruso
  109. [July] In the Woods (ARC) by Carrie Jones and Steven E. Wedel
  110. bitch-planet-v1Bitch Planet, Vol. 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick & Valentine De Landro (Girls in Capes Book Club)
  111. Jade City by Fonda Lee
  112. Jade War (ARC) by Fonda Lee
  113. Roanhorse_Trail of Lightning[August] Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse (second reading) (Amalgam Monthly Book Club)
  114. Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse
  115. Gods of Jade and Shadow (ARC) by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  116. Brimstone Angels by Erin M. Evans
  117. Bury the Lede (ARC) by Gaby Dunn and Claire Roe
  118. Ladycastle by Delilah S. Dawson, illustrated by Ashley A. Woods and Becca Farrow
  119. The Tea Dragon Festival (ARC) by Katie O’Neill
  120. Mer by Joelle Sellner and Abby Boeh
  121. Lesser Evils by Erin M. Evans
  122. The Adversary by Erin M. Evans
  123. Mehrotra_MarkswomanMarkswoman* by Rati Mehrotra (Girls in Capes Book Club)
  124. Mahimata* by Rati Mehrotra
  125. [September] Foxfire, Wolfskin and other Stories of Shapeshifting Women (ARC) by Sharon Blackie
  126. Saga, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  127. Saga, Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  128. Saga, Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Amalgam Monthly Book Club)Saga_vol3
  129. My Hero Academia, Vol. 13 by Kohei Horikoshi
  130. My Hero Academia, Vol. 13 by Kohei Horikoshi
  131. My Hero Academia, Vol. 13 by Kohei Horikoshi
  132. My Hero Academia, Vol. 13 by Kohei Horikoshi
  133. My Hero Academia, Vol. 13 by Kohei Horikoshi
  134. My Hero Academia, Vol. 13 by Kohei Horikoshi
  135. My Hero Academia, Vol. 13 by Kohei Horikoshi
  136. My Hero Academia, Vol. 13 by Kohei Horikoshi
  137. Huang_01_Zero Sum GameZero Sum Game* by S.L. Huang (second reading) (Girls in Capes Book Club)
  138. Null Set* by S.L. Huang (waiting)
  139. The Way of the Househusband, Vol. 1 by Kousuke Oono
  140. Steeltide (ARC) by Natalie C. Parker (waiting)
  141. Fire in the Blood by Erin M. Evans (in progress)
  142. A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine (in progress)
  143. Lalani of the Distant Sea (ARC) by Erin Entrada Kelly (waiting)
  144. The Tiger at Midnight (ARC) by Swati Teerdhala (waiting)
  145. Upon a Burning Throne (ARC) by Ashok K. Banker (waiting)
  146. Patron Saints of Nothing (ARC) by Randy Ribay (waiting)
  147. The Fated Sky* by Mary Robinette Kowal (waiting)
  148. # Genghis Khan: His Conquests, His Empire, His Legacy by Frank McLynn (in progress)
  149. Red Sister* by Mark Lawrence (waiting)
  150. Grey Sister* by Mark Lawrence (waiting)
  151. Holy Sister (ARC) by Mark Lawrence (waiting)
  152. The Ten Thousand Doors of January (ARC) by Alix E. Harrow (waiting)
  153. BTTM FDRS_danielsBTTM FDRS by Ezra Claytan Daniels and Ben Passmore (Amalgam Monthly Book Club) (waiting)
  154. Steel Crow Saga (ARC) by Paul Krueger (waiting)
  155. My Brother’s Husband, Vol. 2 by Gengoroh Tagame (waiting)
  156. So I’m a Spider, So What? (light novel) Vol. 2 by Okina Baba (in progress)
  157. Emrys_01_Winter TideWinter’s Tide by Ruthanna Emerys (Girls in Capes Book Club) (waiting)
  158. How Long ‘Til Black Future Month? Stories (ARC) by N.K. Jemisin (waiting)
  159. The Wolf in the Whale (ARC) by Jordanna Max Brodsky (in progress)
  160. Vicious by V.E. Schwab (waiting)
  161. There’s Something About Sweetie (ARC) by Sandhya Menon (waiting)
  162. Bloodleaf (ARC) by Crystal Smith (waiting)
  163. Four Dead Queens (ARC) by Astrid Scholte (waiting)
  164. The Women’s War (ARC) by Jenna Glass (waiting)
  165. The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan (in progress)
  166. In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex [AUDIO] by Nathaniel Philbrick (in progress)

So far, I’ve completed #2 nonfiction books and %2 books in genres I don’t usually read.

* purchased at Main Point Books in Wayne, Pennsylvania

Last updated 19 September 2019