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For the past few years I’ve set up a reading plan at the beginning of each new year. In most of those plans I set up goals involving books I thought I should read rather than books I wanted to read. And most of those years I failed to meet the goals of books I thought I should read.
Therefore, this year I’m going to set up my reading plan a bit differently. Two blog posts from the past year helped shape my thoughts about this:
The first made me realize that there are some authors and series that I do want to catch up with. The second comprises recently published books that I just didn’t get around to before 2019 came to an end. In addition, I’ve also recently started participating in The Literary League monthly book group here at my retirement community, so I need to include time for reading those books.
So for 2020 I’m setting up a reading plan with two parts:
Part I: Specific Challenges and Goals
1. Goodreads Challenge
Since I easily exceeded my 2019 goal of 50 books, I’m cautiously raising my 2020 goal to 55.
2. The Classics Club
Even though I just met my goal of 4 books read from this list last year, for 2020 I’m increasing my goal to 6. If I don’t increase my efforts, I might not get through my Classics Club list in my lifetime.
3. 2020 Book Blog Discussion Challenge
Although I’m staying away from most challenges that require me to read books in specific categories, I’ve signed up for this challenge to motivate myself to write more substantive blog posts in 2020. I’m aiming to write 2 discussion posts per month.
Part II: The Calendar
I’m setting myself specific monthly challenges. I hope that these projections will allow me sufficient time each month to read other works, such as my monthly book club selection and my monthly choice from Book of the Month, in addition to new releases.
The Jackson Brody novels by Kate Atkinson:
- Case Histories
- One Good Turn
- When Will There Be Good News?
- Started Early, Took My Dog
- Big Sky
The Tony Hill/Carol Jordan series by Val McDermid:
- The Mermaids Singing (1995)
- The Wire in the Blood (1997)
- The Last Temptation (2002)
- The Torment of Others (2004)
- Beneath the Bleeding (2007)
- Fever of the Bone (2009)
- The Retribution (2011)
- Cross and Burn (2013)
- Splinter The Silence (2015)
- Insidious Intent (2017)
- How The Dead Speak (2019)
Since we will be traveling for much of these two months, I’m leaving this spot open for catching up on previous goals, starting new projects, or simply indulging myself by reading what I feel like reading.
Since time seems to get shorter as we approach the end-of-year holidays, I’m also leaving this time slot open. I plan to spend this time on projects such as, but not limited to, the following:
- comparison: Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf & The Hours by Michael Cunningham
- the works of Shirley Jackson
- a study of second-person narrative
- the works of Patricia Highsmith
- a look at evil children in literature
- a rereading of Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout followed by a reading of the sequel, Olive, Again
- a study of some novels featuring Older Adults in Literature
- a rereading of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale followed by a reading of the sequel, The Testaments
- notes on slow reading
How about you?
Do you usually set up a reading plan at the beginning of the year? If so, feel free to leave a link in the comments.
If you don’t already have a reading plan for 2020 but are interested in developing one, here are some resources that might help:
What I propose is a new reading goal based on the amount of time you spend reading this year, rather than the number of books you read from cover to cover. I’m excited to give this a try next year. Here are some of the reasons why.
© 2020 by Mary Daniels Brown