I’m going to try and refrain from marvelling at the fact that 2018 is almost over, and expressing my incredulity, because I do that every month and we all know that I can never believe that days actually pass. Wow, what a mind-blowing concept, Mikaela, time goes on. Well, I mean, depends how you look at it, timey-wimey stuff and all that, but from the standpoint of your everyday Joe Bloggs, days pass, as do months, and eventually, years do too. Now we’re teetering on the precipice of 2019, looking back at where 2018 has taken us, and looking forward to the hopes and dreams we place on 2019’s shoulders. I’m not a New Years resolution person, but over the years I’ve developed a liking for setting goals and/or challenges (call them what you will) so, here are my top five 2019 reading goals.
Read 20 Books
In 2018 I became one of these people who gets irked and mildly stressed out by reading goals. I never thought it would happen, but alas, here we are. I wrote a long-winded blog post about my feelings on Goodreads goals recently, and have decided to decrease my reading goal each year to twenty books. I see this as a minimum and will strive to read more than twenty, but without a beige coloured website breathing down my neck.
Continue Reading Agatha Christie’s Works
I’m looking forward to being back at my old library in Australia because they don’t charge me to reserve books, so I won’t be reduced to going into the library hoping that the next book I want will be on the shelf. Hopefully, this way I’ll be able to make a dent in Agatha Christie’s works, instead of just reading four like I did this year. For those of you unaware, I‘m trying to read all of Agatha Christie’s works, starting with Poirot, then Marple, and then everything else. I don’t have a finish date in mind, because I’m all about reducing the pressure I put on myself.
Finish All Sherlock Holmes stories
If you’ve followed me for a while, you may know that I love Sherlock Holmes, but I haven’t read every one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories (I know, *gasp*). In 2018, I reread one of the four volumes of Sherlock Holmes, and I’m going to try my best to finish the remaining three in 2019.
Read All of Shakespeare’s Plays
If we’re friends on Goodreads you may have seen a lot of updates from me on your feed the other day as I added a long list of Shakespeare’s plays to my ‘Want to Read’ shelf (if we’re not friends on Goodreads, add me!). I recently realised that I have only ever read three of Shakespeare’s plays, and I’m astounded by myself. I really enjoyed reading Shakspeare when I was a young teenager, so I hope that I enjoy his works as much now. I just downloaded The Complete Works of William Shakespeare eBook from Gutenberg for free, and yes, maybe I also just put the Knickerbocker Classics Edition of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare on my Booktopia Wishlist. I’m ready and rearing to go!
Read More Classics
I say this every year, and I never seem to do it. It’s like that one New Years resolution that everyone sets and never sticks to, but instead of ‘exercise more’ or ‘eat healthier,’ I hope to read more classics, and then I read like, one. Granted, each one is one more than I had read before. I may have read ten before, but now I’ve read eleven, you get me? Hopefully 2019 will be the year I finally get to some of those classics I’ve been trying to read for years. Then again, probably not.
What are your 2019 reading goals?