I may as well just cut to the chase and say my 2019 reading goal is to read 52 books.
For the mathematically-challenged, that’s one book a week. A nice round number.
I tried to do this a couple years back and after about three weeks I gave up. And that was before I had a toddler and was also writing novels of my own. Oh poor, sweet, ‘I’ve-got-all-the-time-in-the-world’ Jen. You could have done read as much if you’d only sorted yourself out.
Anyway. One of my other goals for 2019 – even though I refuse to set New Year’s Resolutions, because calling them ‘goals’ is way different – is to improve my writing. And I know that the best way to improve my writing is to read as much as I can, especially in the genre/style that I want to write.
So here I am.
I have a massive to-read pile, and I’m terrible at actually reading the next book on the pile. Usually I hum and ha for a bit, pick up one and start it before quitting and starting another, before eventually settling on the one I actually want to read. I really envy people who can just pick up the next one on their list and go with it. I always find I’m so picky, so dictated by how I’m feeling at the time. But until I find another method, this will have to do.
Authors I’m hoping to read this year include:
- Sophie Kinsella (she’s my all-time fave and I’ll re-read a bunch of hers)
- Jane Costello (I’ve only read one of hers so far and am excited to check out the rest)
- Sarah Morgan (ditto above)
- Christina Lauren (ditto above)
- Sally Thorne (ditto above)
- Catherine Robertson (an NZ author I’ve been meaning to check out)
- Kirsty Greenwood
- Lindsey Kelk
- Helen Hoang
- Jasmine Guillory
- Paige Toon
- Taylor Jenkins Reid
- Fiona Gibson
- … among many others.
I also want to read a bunch of non-fiction books on writing craft, marketing yourself as a writer, building an author platform, self-publishing, editing… phew!
Oh and I’ve got a few books on motherhood and unschooling to check out too. Somewhere in there.
Most of my actual books either come from the library or from charity shops when I stumble across them, which means a lot of my reads aren’t all that current. I also have a huge Kindle library that I tend to forget about (because I much prefer the real thing, though there are some great titles on my Kindle).
My thinking is to try and get myself to read one of each of the following each month:
- A recent release (in the last 2 or so years) in contemporary romance/romcom or chick-lit
- Something from my charity shop pile
- A non-fiction title
- Something from my Kindle pile
But knowing me I’ll just choose whatever I most I feel like reading next. I guess it doesn’t matter as long as I’m reading!
Now that I’ve written all this out it seems awfully ambitious. Because I’m also raising a toddler full-time, editing and publishing two of my own novels this year, as well as writing two more new novels this year. Well, that’s the plan anyway.
I’m going to need some serious laser-focus. And I’ve pretty much quit watching TV. For now. At least.
What are your reading (and other) goals for 2019? Any new (or new to you) authors you’re excited to check out?