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With the month of January comes a new year, and with a new year comes new bookish resolutions. My reading goal for 2018 was to read 100 books. I fell short by 13. For 2019, in addition to attempting to cut my To Be Read pile in half, I’ve decided that instead of focusing on the number of books I want to read, I’m going to try and focus on reading more of specific genres.

In the last two or three months of 2018, I fell in love with investigative journalism. During 2019, I’d like to try and read at least one book from this genre a month, in addition to two or three shorter longform pieces online (if any longform piece can be called “short,” haha). My interest in different subjects varies. Lately, I’ve been very engaged with works on historical events and the U. S. Congress. My most recent read in this genre was The Agenda by Bob Woodward. It’s one I would definitely recommend, and I’m looking forward to reading more of Woodward’s work in the future.

I’ve also decided to dive into The Sandman, a comic series written by Neil Gaiman and drawn by a variety of artists. I adore Gaiman’s fiction and essays, but I’ve never read any of his comics before, so I’m excited to begin this year! It’s a massive series with a massive number of spin-offs, and I can’t wait to try it. I’m fairly confident it will become a new favorite.

Since I’ll be focusing more on reading specific books and genres this year, I’m going to set my number of books to read for 2019 fairly low. The number I’ve settled on is 52. One book a week should be an easy challenge to keep up with while I’m working on specific reading projects. I’m significantly more excited to go into this reading challenge than I have been to start those in years past. If it goes well, I will probably stick with this style of bookish resolution in the future. In 2018 I felt like I was reading more to meet my 100 book goal than to get any enjoyment out of the stories. While I did read a lot, it wasn’t as fun as reading usually is. Hopefully focusing more on genre goals than on number goals will make the year’s reading challenge more enjoyable again.

What are some of the difficulties you face when attempting to reach a reading goal? How do you make sure the challenge stays fun and doesn’t become a chore?

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