I decided that in 2019 I want to read 52 books. Last year, I read 15 in 4 months. I did this without really trying; mostly on the train to and from work. I picked up To All The Boys I Loved Before because I loved the movie. It was a trilogy and I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would, thus a monster was created.
As a result, I’ve decided to really challenge myself with reading 52 books in 2019, averaging to one a week. Going from 15 books in 4 months to 52 books in 12 months will be an undertaking for me.
How I’m going to do it:
Each month, I’m going to make myself a book list with 4 books on it that I must read within that month. I like to think if I keep a book list it will help me stay on track. Looking forward, I think organization will be key. As some may know, I am a proud subscriber of the Book of the Month club, which means one book (so, one out of the 4 is already accounted for.) Additionally, I’m going to try to keep up with Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club. I’ve read two books from her list, and really enjoyed them. I think it will help keep things interesting. Therefore if it’s assigned to me, then I can dive in head-first while also crossing off another book for that month. I’ll do a recap of the all the books I read that month giving my overall thoughts on the book.
I’ve decided to set a few rules for myself to stay on track with this challenge:
1.) Pick out the books head of time. I have found that if I spend too much time picking the book, then I’ll never make time to read the book.
2.) If I start a book, I have to finish it, even if I don’t like it. I recently started Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (pre-2019 challenge), got maybe 60 pages in, and didn’t like it. I removed it from my kindle twice, but felt guilty for not finishing the book. That won’t happen in 2019. Even if it takes me longer to read it, I’ll finish it!
3.)Make time for reading. It’s important, and I’ve noticed that by making more time for reading I’m more relaxed overall; it’s a great way to wind down.
Here’s my January List:
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
The Choice by Nicholas Sparks
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelidis *Book of the Month pick*
The Library Book- Susan Orlean *Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick*
Bonus: My Sisters Grave by Robert Dugoni
The Summer I Turned Pretty-Jenny Han
I plan on checking in at the end of the month to do a recap of my thoughts about each book! Stay tuned! If you want to track my progress with me sure to add me on Goodreads!
I live in New York, representing the East coast portion of Words Between Coasts.