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The Read Harder Challenge

Hello friends. It’s nearing the end of 2018 which means a lot of plans for the New Year are starting to come together. So let’s talk about reading goals.

So, it’s not quite the end of the year yet but I wanted to talk about the reading goals I had for myself this year. Okay, goal. I wanted to read 40 books. I’m happy to say that as of today I’ve read 46! I think I can get to 50 by the end of this year.

Speaking of 50, my reading goal for 2019 is 50! Here’s the thing about reading goals for me… in theory, I could probably read closer to 65 books in a year; however, a lot of the books I read are 700+ pages and those usually take me close to 2 weeks to read. I’ve done it in a week before but that doesn’t happen often. If I was reading shorter books I could get through 2 a weekish. So my goal may SEEM low for how much I read, but it’s really still a significant amount of reading.

I tried doing pages read but the number doesn’t mean anything to me yet. I don’t know what a good goal is for that, you know what I mean? Right now I’m at 17,860 (or so). Maybe 20k is a good goal? I want to see what kind of numbers I pull in next year then I’ll revisit the page count thing.

The Read Harder Challenge

Another fun thing I like to do every year is Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge. They give you a 24 challenges to encourage you to pick up books you never would have otherwise. I never expect myself to do all the challenges but so far it’s been a fun way to read outside of my scifi fantasy bubble. So here’s how I did for 2018.

2018 Read Harder Challenge


So I think I did okay. Some of the books I read for this year I didn’t like much, like The Sisters Brothers and Milk and Honey BUT there are a few on here that I’ve been meaning to read for ages, especially Midnight’s Children and Kafka on the Shore. So this was a fun list.

2019 Read Harder Challenge

They announced the challenges for 2019 yesterday (see here) and I don’t know about this year you guys. Some of these are so incredibly obscure I don’t know how I’m going to find books for them, and some I’m just plain not going to do. Like a business book? There’s no way I’m wasting my time with a business book. Get real.

I’ve already kind of filled out a list of the what I MIGHT read for some of these. Maybe I’ll keep you guys updated on which ones I completely throughout the year.


Just kidding, maybe I’ll read How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age for the business book. Did you know there was a new one? I did not.

So a couple of things. First of all, let’s talk about LGBTQIA. What do the I and A stand for? I honestly have no idea. This acronym gets new letters every time I hear it. That should be an easy challenge though.

The hardest one I think will be the under 100 reviews on Goodreads. That’s actually kind of ridiculous because you can’t sort by number of reviews on Goodreads, or not that I know of. I’m probably not going to do that one. Historical romance I’m not going to do.

The rest I’m actually excited about. A lot of the books on my list are things I’ve been meaning to pick up for a while but I haven’t had a reason to bump them up on my TBR. I’m really excited to read Watership Down for the first time (seriously!) and The Yiddish Policeman’s Union (which, funny story, I picked for a book club I was in another lifetime ago and then I didn’t even read it.)

Let me know if you guys are participating in the Read Harder Challenge and what your reading goals are for 2019!

Here’s a cat.

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