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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 Mrs. Darcy book challenge. You can search for it on Instagram #mmdchallenge. Here are the books for this particular one:

*A book I’ve been meaning to read.
*A book about a topic that fascinates me. (Completed with The Tattooist of Auschwitz.)
*A book in the backlist of a favorite author.
*A book recommend. (Completed with Brain on Fire by Susannah Catalan.)
*3 books by the same author. (I will probably use Kristin Hannah.)
*A book by an author who is new to me.
*A book in translation. (The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe originally written in Spanish.)
*A book outside my genre comfort zone. (Completed with The Lost Girls by Heather Young.)
*A book published before I was born.

So you can see that just by those 12 topics above, you can really read a great spectrum of books!

The next challenge I am doing is one you can find again on Instagram, #theunreadshelfproject2019. There are two specific rules to follow for this challenge, which I love!
The book has to come from my unread shelf. I can’t buy a new one or borrow one to fulfill the challenge.
Finish the book or GET RID OF IT. Yikes!

Here are the topics for this particular challenge:

January- Any unread book. (Completed with The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.)
February- A book gifted to me. (Completed with Salt to the Sea by Ruth Sepetys.)
March- A book thats been on the shelf the longest. (This will be Night by Elie Wiesel.)
April- The book I most recently acquired. (My current read, which is Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva.)
May- A book I bought because of the movie adaptation. (This will be The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides because I want to read it before I know ANYTHING about the movie.)
June- A book about travel or set in a country I’ve never been to.
July- A book from a series. (SO many great choices!)
August- A book voted for me to read on bookstagram. (I guess I’ll be putting out a poll soon!)
September- A book I can buddy read with someone. 
October- A book that scares me (length/content/horror).
November- A book from my favorite genre. (More than likely will be a WW2 book.)
December- The shortest book on my shelf. 

Again, MORE opportunities to search my shelves for some great books!

The third challenge I am doing is called the Hope by the Book Reading Challenge. Since this is a challenge with a total of 48 topics, I encourage you to check it out on Instagram #HBTB2019reads to find the full list. So far the ones I have completed are:

*One-word title. (Completed with Education by Tara Westover.)
*Predominately red cover. (Completed with Dark Matter by Blake Crouch.)
*Two word title. (Completed with Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.)
*Written between 1900-1949. (Completed with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.)

I love doing these reading challenges because I love hunting for a book that will fulfill one of the challenge topics! I like lists and I love checking things OFF lists. Or in my case, coloring in the book spines in my bullet journal!



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 Mrs. Darcy book challenge. You can search for it on Instagram #mmdchallenge. Here are the books for this particular one:
*A book I’ve been meaning to read.*A book about a topic that fascinates me. (Completed with The Tattooist of Auschwitz.)*A book in the backlist of a favorite author.*A book recommend. (Completed with Brain on Fire by Susannah Catalan.)*3 books by the same author. (I will probably use Kristin Hannah.)*A book by an author who is new to me.*A book in translation. (The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe originally written in Spanish.)*A book outside my genre comfort zone. (Completed with The Lost Girls by Heather Young.)*A book published before I was born.
So you can see that just by those 12 topics above, you can really read a great spectrum of books!


The next challenge I am doing is one you can find again on Instagram, #theunreadshelfproject2019. There are two specific rules to follow for this challenge, which I love!The book has to come from my unread shelf. I can’t buy a new one or borrow one to fulfill the challenge.Finish the book or GET RID OF IT. Yikes!
Here are the topics for this particular challenge:
January- Any unread book. (Completed with The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.)February- A book gifted to me. (Completed with Salt to the Sea by Ruth Sepetys.)March- A book thats been on the shelf the longest. (This will be Night by Elie Wiesel.)April- The book I most recently acquired. (My current read, which is Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva.)May- A book I bought because of the movie adaptation. (This will be The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides because I want to read it before I know ANYTHING about the movie.)June- A book about travel or set in a country I’ve never been to.July- A book from a series. (SO many great choices!)August- A book voted for me to read on bookstagram. (I guess I’ll be putting out a poll soon!)September- A book I can buddy read with someone. October- A book that scares me (length/content/horror).November- A book from my favorite genre. (More than likely will be a WW2 book.)December- The shortest book on my shelf. 
Again, MORE opportunities to search my shelves for some great books!
The third challenge I am doing is called the Hope by the Book Reading Challenge. Since this is a challenge with a total of 48 topics, I encourage you to check it out on Instagram #HBTB2019reads to find the full list. So far the ones I have completed are:
*One-word title. (Completed with Education by Tara Westover.)*Predominately red cover. (Completed with Dark Matter by Blake Crouch.)*Two word title. (Completed with Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.)*Written between 1900-1949. (Completed with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.)
I love doing these reading challenges because I love hunting for a book that will fulfill one of the challenge topics! I like lists and I love checking things OFF lists. Or in my case, coloring in the book spines in my bullet journal!

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