Happy New Year! Another year of reading and adventure is upon us and I couldn’t be more excited! I always look forward to my yearly bookish resolutions post not only because it gets me excited for the new year but also because these ‘guidelines’ motivate me to read more books out of my comfort zone.
1.Read around the world: [Europe, Africa, North America, South America, Asia, Oceania and Antarctica] Since last year I didn’t do so well on this challenge, I’m giving it a second attempt and hopefully read at least five books from every continent.
2.Read a book over a thousand pages: This is turning out to be a sort of tradition of mine to read at least one humongous book on my tbr. In previous years I managed to read The Count of Monte Cristo and Les Misérables and this year I’m debating between War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy and It by Stephen King.
3.Read more translated fiction, because I think it is important for us to step into another person’s viewpoint, one with different cultures, traditions and history, and learn more about their experiences.
4.Participate in #Classicscommunity 2020 Reading Challenge hosted by the lovely Lucy from lucythereader on Youtube. This is basically a reading challenge for anyone who loves classics, where you can set your own reading goals or take part in the baseline challenge to read at least 12 classics during the year. You can share your progress on Instagram using the tag #classicscommunity or on the Goodreads Group. This challenge starts with a two-week long readathon from January 1st-15th, where we will attempt to read as many classics as we can!
5.Goodreads Reading Challenge: Last year my aim was to read 70 books, which I somehow managed to finish! This year I decided to set the goal to 75 but honestly, it’s the quality of the books that really matters.
6. Authors I want to read more from: Virginia Woolf, Daphne du Maurier, the Brontë sisters, Stephen King, Ali Smith, Thomas Hardy and Charles Dickens.
7.New authors I want to discover: Dorothy Whipple, Kristin Hannah, Iris Murdoch, Jon Krakauer, Edgar Allan Poe and Evelyn Waugh.
8.POPSUGAR Reading Challenge: As an incentive to read more diverse books, I decided to participate in this reading challenge. I plan on printing their list and tape it on my bedroom wall so I won’t forget about it like I always do! Their prompts are quite interesting so I’m very excited to take up the challenge!
9.Book I really want to read:
- Dracula by Bram Stoker
- The Go-Between by L.P. Hartley
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
- The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh
- The Confession by Jessie Burton
- The Five Untold Lives of the Women killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold
- Where the Crawdads sing by Delia Owens
- Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
- Atonement by Ian McEwan
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
2020 Book Releases I’m looking forward to:
- The King of Crows by Libba Bray (Feb 4th)
- The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel (Feb 15th)
- Glass Town by Isabel Greenberg (Feb 6th)
- The Animals at Lockwood Manor by Jane Healey (Mar 5th)
- Things in Jars by Jess Kidd (Apr 4th)
- Summer by Ali Smith (Jul 2nd)
Are there any books you’re looking forward to read in 2020? I hope you all have a lovely new year! x