After a winter respite, let’s start 2019 with a new reading goal
We’re more than halfway into January and it’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted new content in this space. I decided to take a blogging break in November and December while I recovered from major surgery, but the new year rolled around and it’s taken me a few weeks to come out of my holiday hibernation and get back into the flow of things – namely, announcing the start of my 2019 Goodreads Reading Challenge. But, before we get to the list, let’s look back at the past two years’ challenges for a moment:
2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge 50 books
- Books actually completed: 40 (I’ll take it).
2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge 50 books + atleast 50% by female authors
- Books actually completed: 21…
Yes, you read that right. Despite a productive start, I didn’t even make it halfway through my reading challenge for the year. Life got in the way. Hard. However, I am pleased to say that all but one of those reads were by female authors or co-authors, knocking out my goal of making sure atleast 50% of my chosen reads were by female authors. <<— a goal I plan to repeat this year.
So you must be wondering why on earth I would set a challenge thats even larger than the ones I didn’t complete the last two years?
Because it sounds like fun.
And it’s ok if I don’t make it through this list. It’s ok if you don’t make it through. If you told me you “only” read 21 books last year, I’d high-five you because that is pretty awesome, regardless of what your goal was. Let’s do this.
What are you in for?
52 weeks. 52 books. Tracked on Goodreads.com. Don’t worry about checking these off in order (because I’m definitely not going to). Instead, check these off each week in order of your own preference, choosing reads that challenge you or simply shake up your interests. It’s a great way to get through that ever-growing TBR pile that I know you all have stacked on your bookshelves, nightstands, coffee tables, and even in your Audible account — audiobooks totally count! Just as I did last year, I’ll be aiming to make sure that atleast 50% of the books I read + listen to are by female authors.
I’ll be checking in every now and then to update you on what reads I’ve accomplished and, as always, give you a candid review of what I thought of each book. Have any favorite reads you’d like to suggest? I’m all ears! Send me your recommendations and share your thoughts in the comments.