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Shawna Blogs: 2019 Reading Goals

I’ve never set a reading goal so I wanted to try it out for 2019. I decided I would read 150 books this year. That equates to about 12 books a month. Then I remember I had 4 children 6 and under and I lowered my goal to 100 books, haha! That’s still a LOT of reading, but not near as insane as 150. Maybe that will be my goal for 2020! 

There are so many books I have waiting on my shelf to read and my basket that holds my library books is always full. The options are not the problem. The “problem” is that I don’t know what to choose! There are so many GREAT choices. So one way I help myself with this issue is through the reading challenges I am doing. These “challenge” me to read a particular type of book to check off the list and keep me on track to meet my goal.

How I keep track is through my bullet journal. I create a page for each challenge, draw some book shelves, list the topics, and then color in the spines each time I complete the book! 

The first challenge I am doing is the Modern…
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Hey Shawna, I loved your blog last week about how you choose your next book. It made me honestly laugh out loud as I could picture you looking through your bookshelves debating which one was THE one. It also got me thinking, how do I choose my next book?
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2019 Reading Goals

Every year I sit down and decide what my reading goals will be. This used to simply include a number - what is the NUMBER of books I want to read.

It was simple, this year I'm reading 40 books ... or 70 books ... or 100 books.

When I first started blogging I issued a challenge to myself and my readers, a Book Bingo where each square was a different challenge. Although many people participated, I didn't enjoy it. I chose what when in to every square ... but I didn't want to read those books.

A few years ago I stopped Book Bingo and just read. I read the books I wanted to read. The books I liked. I read twelve versions of Beauty and the Beast (this might be an exaggeration, but it was SO many) and read so many fantasy dystopian YA novels they all blended together.