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Did I Fulfill My Reading Plan for 2019?

Earlier this month I posted about 10 Reading Regrets of 2019, a list of 10 particular books that I’m sorry I didn’t get to this year.

But how did I do in terms of my overall reading plan for 2019, which I composed back in January?

Let’s take a look. Here are the sections of my plan, with my summary comments highlighted in purple.

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First, because I read so many books last year, I’m boldly going to increase my annual Goodreads challenge to 50 books for 2019.

I’ve already exceeded that goal. Since I still may finish another book or two, I’ll wait and include the exact number in my 2019 year-in-reading wrap-up.


Second, I’m going to avoid any other particular reading challenges and instead just encourage myself to read in the following categories:

1. translations

I didn’t do as well as I had hoped in this category.

  • The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin, translated by Ken Liu  
  • A Nearly Normal Family by M.T. Edvardsson, translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles

2. science fiction

I’m satisfied with this number, though it’s really nothing to brag about.

  • The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin, translated by Ken Liu   
  • The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton   
  • Recursion by Blake Crouch

3. speculative fiction

Again, I’m satisfied here.

  • Watership Down by Richard Adams 
  • The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton   

4. memoir

I had hoped to read a lot more in this category, some of which have been on my TBR shelf for years.

  • Becoming by Michelle Obama 
  • Darkness Visible by William Styron

5. biography

Really? Only one?

  • Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin

6. general nonfiction

This result qualifies as an epic failure.

  • The Great Pretender by Susannah Cahalan

7. plays

I think I should just give up on this category. I honestly don’t enjoy reading plays anymore.

  • The Iceman Cometh by Eugene O’Neill    

8. poetry

Ditto.

9. books by local authors

I can live with this result.

  • The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni
  • No Exit by Taylor Adams 
  • My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni 
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple  
  • The Eighth Sister by Robert Dugoni  
  • The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison 

10. books by people of color or about other cultures

This is another epic failure.

  • The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin, translated by Ken Liu   
  • A Nearly Normal Family by M.T. Edvardsson, translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles

Third, I’m going to make the effort to cross off at least four titles from my Classics Club list.

I just made my minimum.

  • Watership Down by Richard Adams 
  • The Iceman Cometh by Eugene O’Neill  
  • Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing by May Sarton
  • Darkness Visible by William Styron

© 2019 by Mary Daniels Brown