I’m an enthusiastic listener of the podcast “What Should I Read Next” and a big fan of host Anne Bogel. The podcast centers around one guest, their likes and dislikes as far as books are concerned, and recommendations from Anne based on that information. I look forward to it every week and have added many books from it to my to-be-read list. Today, Anne announced the 2019 Reading Challenge on her website, Modern Mrs. Darcy.
This reading challenge changed my reading life. At the beginning of 2018 I decided I wanted to get back into reading. I used to love, and have time for, reading. Then I had kids. Any extra time I had was time to sleep, not read. Now my kids have a regular sleep schedule and are in preschool most days. And I use my extra time to read. But I had a hard time figuring out what to read because there are just too many choices. The 2018 reading challenge helped me immensely in narrowing down my list, focusing on what I wanted to get out of a book, and getting me to read things I might not have picked up. As a result, combined with joining a book club late in the year, I went from reading three books in a year to sixteen books in 2018!
I’m so excited about the 2019 challenge that I’ve asked for a new notebook for Christmas to use as a reading journal. And also because I like notebooks. There’s even a little packet you can download from the challenge website with pages for a reading journal. You have to provide an email address to get access, but the pages are so cute and I’ll probably end up taping them into my journal to keep me organized and motivated.
Just at a quick glance, I think my favorite categories on this year’s challenge are a book in translation and a book by an author new to me. One of my favorite books I read in 2018 was in translation, The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George, which was one of the books mentioned on an episode of “What Should I Read Next.” I’m also looking to branch out of the familiar and read something by somebody I haven’t read before. This challenge is great for expanding horizons!
Now to get planning…half the fun is figure out what books to read. Who’s with me?!