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My 2019 Reading List and a Plan to Meet My Most Ambitious Reading Goal Ever

by Andrea Updyke

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Here are the books on my 2019 reading list from fiction to memoirs and a plan for how I hope to meet my most ambitious reading goal ever.

Have you made a 2019 reading list or do you like to wing it? I recently learned about the Goodreads reading challenge and I have set a vary ambitious (for me) goal of reading 50 books in 2019, which is about one book per week. Can I do it? Maybe.

Last year I made it through much of my 2018 reading list and added a few more. But I have no idea how many books I actually read because some of them were library books and some have already been donated. I didn’t keep track.

This year I have a plan to make it happen and keep myself accountable. If you’re like me and want to read more but it doesn’t come naturally, maybe these ideas will help you too. And if you are trying to decide what to read in 2019 (also like me) I have a few ideas.

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Here are the books on my 2019 reading list from fiction to memoirs and a plan for how I hope to meet my most ambitious reading goal ever.

2019 Reading List Plan

It’s one thing to want to read more, but doing it is an entirely different story. I decided I needed a 2019 reading list plan if I am going to read a book a week. Like most other good things in my life, I have to be intentional about making them happen because I really really like doing nothing apparently.

My 2019 reading list plan boils down to a few tools; apps, memberships and planning. Here’s how I am going to use them.

Reading Apps

I decided to set a goal of 50 books using the Goodreads Challenge within the app. I already know this will be helpful for me because I enjoy crossing things off a list and being able to add a book to my “read in 2019” list and see the little bar move is like eating candy. I also like that Goodreads connects to Kindle making it even easier when I am reading digitally.

Speaking of Kindle, that’s another app I plan to rely on heavily. I have a Kindle but I also have the app on my phone. This isn’t revolutionary, but I do find that I can read a few pages on my phone while in carpool or waiting for other things.

Last year as my boys were reading faster than ever, we maxed out our library limits by checking out books with the Overdrive/Libby app. I also used it for myself but didn’t realize I couldn’t go back to see my reading history. I honestly have no idea what I read some months. That said, I love how easy it is to check out books and they automatically return themselves after 2 weeks. No fees!

Book Club Memberships

I have used Audible off and on for the past year and I still have a couple books to finish before I start up again. I like Audiobooks in certain cases but not always. When I fly though, there is nothing better than an audio book! I’m a nervous flyer and I like not hearing every single sound on the plane.

For 2019, a friend referred me to Book of the Month Club and I decided to give it a shot! I love this concept because they narrow selections down to 5 books in several different categories based on reader reviews.

I get overwhelmed easily and have definitely chosen bad books with great covers so I need a little guidance in this area. You can get more than one book a month at a discount (14.99 for the first book and 9.99 for add-ons) so it’s really customizable.

Planning to Read

Y’all know I am a planner. It’s the only way I really get things done. I plan vacations for months in advance, I meal plan. Planning good. So for my 2019 reading list goals, I want to read one book a week so I don’t get behind.

I also know that I am prone to book-hopping so I am committing to myself that I will read only one book at a time before moving on to the next. (this is a big one!) Years ago I learned the only way to change your habits is by knowing yourself and being honest about what you really need. And what I need is to stop book-hopping.

I am also trying to rotate through different genres so I don’t get stuck in one type of book. I typically prefer non-fiction and memoirs to fiction, but I don’t hate fiction and I think it’s a different experience so I want to sprinkle those in too.

Overall, I am excited about my goals and guess what? I’ve already read three books in 2019 by following this plan! My 2019 reading list isn’t complete, but here are the books I have read and some that are still on my shelf. Here we go!

2019 Reading List: Memoirs

Maid was the second book I read this year and my first book of the month book. Y’all it rocked my world for two straight days. While my heartbreak and struggle in my 20s wasn’t quite as extreme as the author’s, I echoed many of her emotions and her storytelling really brought some of that right up to the top. It was an emotional and ultimately healing read.

Maid book cover

The third book I read was Choose Your Own Disaster and sadly, this one did nothing for me. Dana Schwartz is pretty dang funny on Twitter and I thought, hey my 20s were disastrous too! Maybe I will relate and laugh.

Unfortunately, the “choose your own” part of this book was too disjointed to really get into the story and I found that I couldn’t really relate much at all.

In Pieces by Sally Field is high on my list of memoirs to read. I have admired her since I was a child and my hope for this book is that it will be like sitting down for coffee and listening for hours. I’ll let you know.

2019 Reading List: Non-Fiction

Boundaries with Kids was the first book I read in 2019. What can I say? After 2.5 weeks with my kids I may or may not have been feeling a little….crowded. Anyway, this is a faith-based book with some solid wisdom on setting and keeping boundaries with kids. I say faith-based to let you know there is mention of biblical teaching but if you aren’t interested in that part, there is plenty more to this book that will apply to all parents.

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women has been on my list for so long, I forgot it was there! When I remembered what it was about I got excited to read it all over again. This is a true story of women who worked directly with radium before we knew how ill it could/would make them. We take so much of our modern lives for granted. This one sounds fascinating.

Radium girls book cover

Parent on Purpose is another parenting book and this one was written by a blogging friend of mine. I’m excited to read it because based on articles she has already written, I think we have similar parenting styles. Plus her kids are much older than mine so I’m looking forward to a glimpse of things to come.

The Road Back to You is a book a friend recommended to me that’s been collecting dust on my kindle and yes, it wss on my list last year. It’s an “in the weeds” sort of look into what makes us tick. I can really get into this sort of thing but my head has to be in a particular place for the journey and I’m not there yet. If you are addicted to Myers-Briggs and have ever heard the word enneagram, this is the book for you. I don’t know why I feel so overwhelmed by this one but I still want to read it.

Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World….are you sensing a theme here? These are the books I like to sprinkle in when life feels too busy to indulge myself with reading so I make sure it’s productive and serves a purpose. Am I the only one who does that?

Rhinestone Jesus is from the same author as the previous book and as someone who was raised in the modern church, I can already identify with that showy type of Christianity. As in, not interested. This year I want to focus on my personal faith more and I’m hopeful this will be a nice start. We’ll see.

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2019 Reading List: Fiction

When it comes to fiction, I have no idea what my “style” is but I know what it isn’t and that’s romance novels. I just can’t get through them and have always found them boring. I gravitate toward YA dystopian writing or Sci-Fi or some other kind of fiction with a mystery attached.

Where’d You Go Bernadette caught my eye because it’s being made into a movie (releasing this year) and it sounds fun. Mom disappears, 15 year old daughter tries to find her, comedy and drama ensues. I’m in.

The Woman in the Window is my next book of the month pick, and coincidentally will also be a movie. Dark and twisty and full of paranoia. Did she really see what she thought she saw? I have to find out.

Because y’all know I love my Disney movies, I have to read Artemis Fowl before the August film is released. I think the boys will like it too and it seems like a quick read. I like that the protagonist is a criminal. That’s a fun twist for a kids’ book.

Artemis Fowl Movie Poster

Everything Everything is another one that’s been on my shelf for some time. I met the author at a Mom 2.0 conference and I’ve been meaning to read it ever since.

The Frame Up – I downloaded this to Kindle on a whim because it sounded interesting. Comic book fan learns that someone is recreating crime scenes from her favorite comic book and becomes the LAPD’s best—and only—lead. She recognizes the golden arrow left at the scene as the calling card of her favorite comic book hero. Geek culture. Superheroes and villains. It could get fun. This is book one of a series so the jury is still out on whether or not I keep going.

2019 Reading List: Audio Books

Troublemaker – Full disclosure, I started this memoir/Scientology tell-all from Leah Remini last year but I didn’t finish it. I’m hot and cold with audio books. Having been raised in Clearwater, FL though which is a huge hub for Scientologists, I remain fascinated by her experience so I am going to see it through.

This Will Only Hurt A Little – I’ve heard a lot of great reviews of this memoir from Busy Phillips so when I had an extra Audible credit, I snatched it up. I can’t wait to listen!

Kick Ass with Mel Robbins – I really liked the concept of the 5-Second rule and this audio follow up is a little bit book and a little bit podcast. This follow-up to The 5-Second Rule – available only in audio – takes the classic talk-show format and elevates it to a premium audio experience. Listen to private coaching sessions between the celebrated motivational speaker and people like you – people who want better relationships, to be healthier and more productive, to get unstuck from the destructive habits holding them back, and to take action on their dreams.

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Clearly, this doesn’t add up to 50 books but I think it’s a pretty well-rounded start. And that leaves room for suggestions!

I’d love to know what you are excited to read this year. Have you set a goal? Does reading come easily to you or do you need to plan for it? Let me know and we can encourage each other. Happy reading!

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Gretchen K January 22, 2019 - 3:47 pm

I set a goal on Goodreads a few weeks ago too – but I only committed to 12 – lol. I love your selection. I just finished Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield and LOVED it. I want to read Rhinestone Jesus too – sounds really good!

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Andrea Updyke January 23, 2019 - 12:07 pm

I’m already starting to wonder if I set the bar too high lol! I’ll have to check out Once Upon a River. That one is new to me!

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