Reading Goals for 2019

I’m a checklist kind of gal. So it is just sort of innate in me to want make a list and check things off that list. And that goes for my reading life too. I think that’s why I like reading challenges. πŸ™‚ Last year, I set some goals for my reading and found that I really liked doing that. It was a list. LOL But more importantly, it helped me achieve things in my reading life that I wanted to achieve. (I talk about last year’s reading goals HERE.) So I want to set goals for my reading in 2019. I was planning to participate in the Modern Mrs. Darcy reading challenge but I don’t think I will this year. I’m considering my 2019 reading goals as my own personal reading challenge. πŸ™‚

reading goals 2019 graphic

Here are my goals for my 2019 reading:

  • Read at least one history book.
  • Read at least one science book.
  • Read one poetry book.
  • Read a book about poetry.
  • Read one essay collection.
  • Read one play.
  • Read at least one memoir or biography.
  • Read at least two books from my own shelves.
  • Continue to read books on my list of classics to read. (Try to read at least 6 titles if possible. I’d really like to aim for 12.)
  • Choose one book I’d like to re-read.

There you have it! And since it’s my own personal reading challenge, I can make the rules. Ha! So books can count for more than one category. πŸ™‚ I have titles for some of these already in mind.


the new world
History Book
I plan to read The New World by Winston Churchill which is the next book in his series The History of the English-Speaking Peoples.


essays by e. b. white

Essay Collection
I plan to read Essays of E. B. White which I already have.




I will most likely read either Our Town by Thornton Wilder or The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. Both of these are on my list of classics I want to read. πŸ™‚


talking as fast as i can

I am definitely planning to read Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham. I just recently bought it and can’t wait to read it!




I do want to be sure to read at least 6 titles on my classics list. However, I am not limiting myself to only reading classics on my list. And my list will likely continue to grow as I find other classics I might want to read. πŸ˜‰ I do know that there are a couple on my list that I will be reading:

  • The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien – I just started reading The Fellowship of the Rings on January 1st. My husband and I are reading these together.
  • Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes – This is on my list. When Silvia announced that she was going to host a book club discussion for this novel on her blog, I knew I wanted to read along with her. So I am making it fit into my reading right now. πŸ™‚
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy – A book club read
  • I would like to try to cross off another ancient literature selection from my list. But we’ll see. That would mean one of the following:
    • Paradise Lost by John Milton
    • The Aeneid by Virgil
    • The Odyssey by Homer




I will most likely read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society at some point this year because it’s one I have read each year since I first read it. For this category, I will pick something else. Some of the ones I’m thinking about re-reading are:

  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  • A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline
  • At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon
  • The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry
  • The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim


Have you set any reading goals for 2019? Please share in the comments!

*Update:Β  I created a printable checklist for my personal reading challenge and talk about that HERE.

9 thoughts on “Reading Goals for 2019

  1. I love how you set your own challenge. I like that you include several categories. It’s always good to do that.

    You know I love the Giver Quartet.

    Many good books. (Brave of you to do Churchill, hahaha, I haven’t yet)


    • I love The Giver Quartet too! I’ve been wanting to read them again for awhile. πŸ™‚ The Churchill series….I’ve been wanting to read through this series for such a long time now. I have them on my shelf just sitting there waiting for me. Ha! So in 2018, I finally took the plunge and read the first one The Birth of Britain. It took me most of the year (because I read it off and on…ha!) but I got it read. I want to read The Daughter of Time though before I plunge into the second book The New World. The Birth of Britain closes with a chapter on Richard III.


  2. I like your categories! I have not read much nonfiction; history, biographies, memoirs. I definitely need to expand my horizons. I have read Birth of Britain and bits and pieces of the rest. A friend recently loaned me The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society after I mentioned to her that I had seen the movie and enjoyed it but I haven’t read it yet. I’ll be anxious to see what all you read this year!


    • Oh oh oh….do read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Linda! It’s one of my all-time favorite books! I had read it three times by the time I watched the movie. I loved the movie as a movie. But they left out some things that I thought were crucial elements to the storyline and they also changed some things. So you’ll find differences in the book and movie.


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    • Yes, I think I’m going to like having my own personal reading challenge this year. Although, I’m still being tempted to join in on another reading challenge. LOL But for now, I’m sticking to my own personal reading challenge. πŸ™‚


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