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Elizabeth (Alaska) | 11717 comments Please post your 2018 goals as soon as you begin to formulate them!


message 2: by Ed (last edited Apr 03, 2018 03:10PM) (new)

Ed Lehman | 2336 comments 2018 Goals:

1) Read at least 100 books. 42 of 100
2) Read at least 25 more books on Boxall's list. 9 of 25
3) Read at least 20,000 pages during the year. 10646 of 20,000 (53.2%)
4) Listen to books while exercising for at least 75 hours during the year. 37:04 of 75:00 (4500)= 49.4%
5) In conjunction with Goal #4- Lose at least 15 pounds.
6) Complete my goal to read a book published each year of the 20th century and beyond. (Begun in 2016) Years still needed:
1901- maybe My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin
1904- maybe The Golden Bowl by Henry James
1913-maybe O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
1920-probably The Guermantes Way by Marcel Proust
1927-maybe The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
✔1938- The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories by Ernest Hemingway
1943-maybeAnd Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
1948
✔1962- probably Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings by Jorge Luis Borges
1976
1977
✔1978- probably Collected Stories by Ivan Bunin
1997- perhaps Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
2000- perhaps The Heart of Redness by Zakes Mda (but many options on my TBR)
2018
Note, this dovetails with WRC task see https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/... post 145
7) Continue to reduce my backlog of Magazines and Community newspapers. Read at least 150. At least 30 of those should be magazines I read cover-to-cover* (such as The New Yorker).
12 of 150 total; 0 of 30 cover-to-cover*.
San Diego Reader-2; AARP-2; Mission Times Courier-2; USD Magazine-1; Vacations-1; Impact-2; Westways-1; American Way-1.
8) Keep track of male & female authors with a goal to not finish the year with less than 40% of either gender. M 144 (81.8%): F 32 (18.2%)
✔9) Virtual Travels- Virtually Visit through my readings the same number of countries as 2017 or more =116. So far: 132 of 116 (See post #3below)
10) Varied Authors- Read authors associated with at least 40 different countries. (See post #3 below) So far=12 of 40
11) Complete the 52 weeks of the Around the Year in 52 Weeks Challenge. (See post #10 in this thread) 26 of 52
12) Complete the Pop Sugar challenge.(See post #11 in this thread and post #9 in this one: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/... )
23 of 50
13) Complete the A to Z challenge using the initials of novel authors for pre 2006 (19 of 26) and keep track of post-2006 fiction books (0 of 26) and Non-fiction (8 of 26) as well without expecting to complete the last two. (See post 17 in this thread)
14)(a)Complete the A to Z Title challenge. (20 of 26) (See post #18 in this thread)
(b)This dovetails with post #9 at https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/... which however has a different time frame 2/1/18 to 1/31/19 and requires a minimum of 125 pages per book: 14/26
(c) It also dovetails with https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/... post #8 which requires that the Titles be on my TBR prior to 2/1/18. Currently at 14/26
(d) and with WRC challenge starting 3/1/18 to 2/28/19- see post 11 at https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/... Currently at 9/26
15) Read at least 20 books on the 1001 Children’s Books I Must Read Before I Grow Up List. 1/20 see post #3 below.
16) (a) Receive at least three of the RwS quarterly Rewards.
✔Received Most Strategic Reader spot Winter & random B&N gift card.
(b) Place in the top 50% of the participants in the Seasonal Reading Challenge OR win one of the contests at least three times.
✔SRC Winter- ranked 42/187- top 22.5%
17) Make progress on other GR challenges:
(17a)Wacky Reading Challenge's (WRC) Monthly Word Search: Jan. -0 of 20 words plus 0 of 9 carryovers plus August 2017 words 0 of 20.
(17b) WRC's US States Challenge https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/... post #173 - Started 1/2018 at 0/50 Now at 3/50
(17c) WRC's Bucket List Challenge 2 of 12 See https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/... post 24
(17d) Seasonal Reading Challenge (SRC) I Heart Cat's Challenge Start at 33 of 53 See post #119 at https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/... Now at 42 of 53.
(17e) SRC's The Awesomeness of Dogs Challenge Start at 24 of 46 Now at 35 of 46- See post #108 at https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...
(17f) My own word search list: Jan: start with p.1: 0 of 4; p.2: 0 of 31
(17g) Read the World's Challenge to read books set in each country: See https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/... post#6. Starting with a blank slate on January 1, 2018. Currently at 15 of 197.
(17h) Progress on the Wacky's POI Challenge #2: Debbie (Doc)'s Journey https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...
See post #69 starting at 0/136 on 1/19/18. Now at 29/136.
(17i) Progress on the All in the Cards Challenge See post 1044 at https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/... Starting at 0/399 on 1/20/18. Currently at 30/399
(17j) Make progress on the Author Alphabet Fun Challenge See post #120 at https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/... Starting 1/21/18 at 1 of 24.
(17k) Make progress on the Page Number Fun! Challenge See post #562 at https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/... starting 1/21/18 at 0 of 70. Currently 19/70.
(17l) Make progress on the POI Spell Challenge #1 See posts #157- 163 at https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/... Starting at 0/516 on 1/22/18. Now at 24/516.
(17m) Make Progress on Completist Club goals: See Dickens at post 70 at https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...
and Alexandre Dumas at post 5 of https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...
and Anthony Trollope at post 15 at https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...
17n) Progress on the Hidden Gems Challenge...see post#54 at https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/... Started at 0/50 on 1/26/18. Currently at 17/50
17o) Progress on the Misfit Challenge (Word search) 0/100 from 2/1/18 to 5/31/18) at https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/... post #11
17p) Make progress on the Audiobook Narrator Challenge see post 80 at https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/... Starting 1/26/18 at 7/26
17q) Make progress on the Around the World Random Travel Challenge- see post #306 at https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/... Begun 1/1/18. Currently at 1/20.
17r) Make progress on the How Many Names Can You Find Challenge See post #10 at https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...
A total of FOUR names can be used per book read...no more. The names can be either character names or author names
Female Names 0/100
Male Names 0/100 From 1/01/18 to 12/31/18
17s) Make progress on the Song Title Word Search Challenge- See https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/... post # 19 starting at 0/185 on 1/29/18.
17t) Make progress on the Audiobooks Challenge...see post #369 at https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/... 2 book at 5.5 hours
17u) Make progress on the Hot Springs National Park challenge at post # 4 at https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/... Begins 4/1/18
Currently at 0/10
17w) complete the Ohio Spell Challenge 04/01/18 - 06/30/18. See post#7 at https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...
17x) Complete Historical Landmarks of Ohio challenge see post 16 at https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/... 4/1/18 to 6/30/18
0/10
17y) Complete the ELLIE challenge. 04/01/18 - 06/30/18 See post #5 at https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/... Currently at 0/5.
17z) Complete the Alpha author challenge with dates 04/01/18 - 03/31/19 -Book must have been on my TBR prior to 04/01/18.
- See See post #4 at https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...
Currently at 0/26
17z1) Complete WRC: Characters, A to Z (2018)
Date: 04/01/18 - 03/31/19 See post 5 at https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...
0/26 Completed

17z2) Complete the WRC Book Tag Challenge #11
April 1 - June 30, 2018- See post #5 at https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...
Completed: 0/10
17z3) Participate in the Interactive Genre Challenge...my claimed book is Rain and Other South Sea Stories- see https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...
17z4) Complete the All Chhallenges Member Task Challenge Fairlee Date: 04/01/18 - 04/30/18 - See post #8 at https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...

17z5) Make progress playing Snakes & Ladders at https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...- started 4/1/18.

17z6) Find at least 75 books mentioned in other books 4/2/18-12/31/18:
1. Don Quixote mentioned in The Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon
2. The Laws of Plato in The Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon

17z7) Complete the WRC Nooks and Crannies Challenge to read 24 PHYSICAL books I own within a year. Starting on April 3, 2018 to April 3, 2019. See Post #251 at https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...

(18) Book Riot Challenge. See post #21 below. 11/24

Non-Reading Goals:
19) One of the reasons I am cutting back some of my reading goals is that I want to watch more award-winning films. So my goal is to watch films which have cumulatively won or been nominated for 200 Academy Awards; and separately 100 Golden Globes. As of 1/25/18 at 19/200 and 11/100.
20) Post at least 750 Waymarks during the year and post at least 1250 visits to Waymarks. Starting at 13,539 Posts and 20,362 Visits.
21) Complete 75 additional hours of exercise which does not fit into Task #4. 5:49 of 75:00 (4500)= 7.8%
22) Increase the number of available hours on the DVR by watching all recorded shows. Starting with just 9 hours of recording space available 1/1/18. 7 hrs as of 1/8/18.
23) Reach 160,000 SparkPoints in Spark People https://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/s... (Starting at 154,589, so need 5,411 points. Currently at 154,634 (.008%)
24) Make progress watching the 221 Our Gang/Little Rascal short films. Starting at 12/221 as of 1/13/18.
25) Make progress on the 1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die List which actually has 1199 movies on the list as of 2016. Start at 181/1199 (15.1%). Currently at 182/1199 (15.2%)

240.4;240.8F;240.6M;

All challenges also listed at https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...


message 3: by Ed (last edited Apr 09, 2018 08:36AM) (new)

Ed Lehman | 2336 comments Details for my goals Above:
Goal#2-Boxall:
1.The Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy
2. Amok and Other Stories
3.The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells
4. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
5. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
6.North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
7. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
8. Blue of Noon by Georges Bataille
9. Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings by Jorge Luis Borges
(total=259)

✔Goal #9. Virtual Travel: 132 of 116
Russia-27; Congo-1; Algeria=20; France-17; Italy-12; Austria-4; Switzerland-2; UK-18; Mexico-3; Bosnia-Herzogovina-1; Norway-2; Sudan-3; USA-12; Iceland-2; Germany-6; Netherlands-2; Portugal-3; Spain-7; Argentina-8; Paraguay-1; El Dorado*-1; Surinam-1; Turkey-4; Tanzania-2; Kenya-1; Czech Rep.-3; Poland-3; Lithuania-1; Belarus-1; Guernsey-1; Israel-2; Greece-2; Lebanon-1; Denmark-2; Iraq-2; Kuwait-1; Afghanistan-1; Ireland-2; Belgium-1; Monaco-1; Hungary-1; Romania-1; Finland-1;; Sweden-1; Egypt-2; Morocco-1; Tunisia-1; Botswana-1; Ethiopia-1; Malagasy Rep.-1; Malawi-1; Mali-1; Mauriitus-1; Namibia; Seychelles-1; South Africa-3; Uganda-1; Zambia-1; Zimbabwe-3; Jordan-1; Oman-1; Saudi Arabia-2; Syria-1; U.A.E.-1; Yemen-1; China-2; Mongolia-1; Bhutan-1; Iran-1; Nepal-1; Sri Lanka-1; Turkmenistan-1; Uzbekistan-1; Laos-1; Malaysia-1; Myanmar-1; Philippines-1; Singapore-1; Thailand-1; Vietnam-1; Australia-1; New Zealand-1; Cook Islands-1; Fiji-1; French Polynesia-1; Micronesia-1; Palau-1; New Guinea-1; Tonga-1; Samoa-1; Western Samoa (USA)-1; Canada-1; Belize-1; Costa Rica-1; Guatemala-1; Honduras-1; Panama-1; Bolivia-1; Brazil-1; Chile-1; Colombia-1; Ecuador-1; Peru-1; Uruguay-3; Venezuela-1; Antarctica-1; Anguilla-1; Antigua & Barbuda-1; Bahamas-1; Barbados-1; Bermuda-1; Bonaire-1; British Virgin Islands-1; Cayman Islands-1; Cuba-1; Dominica-1; Dominican Rep.-1; Grenada-1; St. Vincent & the Grenadines-1; Guadeloupe-1; Jamaica-1; Martinique-1; St. Kitts & Nevis-1; Puerto Rico (USA)-1; Saba-1; St. Bart's-1; St. Lucia-1; St. Martin-1; Trinidad & Tobago-1; US Virgin Islands-1; Mauritania-1; Nigeria-12; Ukraine-2.

States: LA-2;CA-3;MD-3;GA-2;IL-2;OR-2; DC-4;NY-6;MA-3;MT-2; NJ-3;FL-3; KY-2;LA-1. NV-2; MN-2; AK-1;AZ-1; CT-1; DE-1; HA-1; ID-1; IN-1; IA-1; ME-1; MI-1; MS-1; MO-1; NH-1; NM-1; NC-1; OH-1; PA-2; RI-1; SC-1; SD-1; TN-1; TX-1; UT-1; VT-1; VA-2; WA-1; WV-1; WI-1; WY-1

Former entities: Belgian Congo-1; ViceRoyalty of Peru-1; Ottoman Empire-1; British Colony of South Africa-1; British Colony of Rhodesia-1; Babylon-1; Caliphate of Cordoba-1.
*=Imaginary places

Goal#10: Varied Authors: Countries=12 of 40
Russia-37; Czech Rep.-1; Algeria-27; Austria-4; UK-26; Norway-1; Sudan-3; USA-20; France-4; Lebanon-1; Argentina-42; Nigeria-13.

Goal #15: Books on the 1001 Children’s Books I Must Read Before I Grow Up List.
1.A Parcel of Patterns by Jill Paton Walsh
2. The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr

Goal #17a- Completed the 20 words for September 2017 in 34 days from 12/1/17 to 1/3/18 using 12 different sources.

Goal#19: Academy Awards: 19 of 200
Golden Globes: 11 of 100

1/2/18- The Shape of Water- 5 GG nominations & 2 GG Wins
1/9/18- A River Runs Through It- 1 AA Win; 2 AA Nominations; 1 GG Nomination.
1/25/18-Wuthering Heights- 1AA Win & 7 AA Nominations.
2/12/18-A Room with a View 3 AA Wins & 5 AA Nominations; 1 GG Win & 2 GG Nominations.


message 4: by Kazen (last edited Jan 22, 2018 08:47PM) (new)

Kazen | 619 comments Edit: I'm going with un-goals this year!

- I will not set a hard number of books or pages to read.

I’m still going to put a number in the Goodreads challenge to give myself some kind of pace to measure by, but I will edit it whenever I start getting stressed out.

- I will not join any challenges that dictate what books to read (with one exception).

RwS is the one exception. :) I'm leaving the door open to challenges that are time-based such as Dewey's, 24-in-48, Bout of Books, and so on.

- I will not update my Dewey Decimal and 20th Century lists monthly.

It doesn’t matter when I crunch the numbers so I can wait until the end of the year if I want. Time and peace gained, no harm done.

- I will not hold myself to these goals if they’re not working for me.

So far, so good!


message 5: by Valerie (last edited Dec 29, 2018 06:25PM) (new)

Valerie Brown | 2306 comments The one goal I know for sure, and have actually picked out books for is.... the Classic author challenge. Except for 2018 I am subverting it a little and making it ->as much as possible<- a 'classic science fiction' author challenge. It works for 21/26. I spent time going through the list to see how many are available through either the 'real life' library or overdrive. The answer is not many.... so, I may have to upset the plan as the year goes on.

Formalized goals (essentially the same as 2017):

1. read 100 books
Dec. 9 105/100 (there will be more before year end as well)

2. read at least 1 big fat classic ----> well, I can't really count The Goldfinch even though it fulfills the jumbo quotient. I think this will not be achieved this year. *Update Dec. 9: I did read Doctor Zhivago, however even though it seemed to drag on for 1000 pages it really isn't a 'big, fat' classic in my view. On to next year with this goal!

3. the A-Z classic author challenge - see above
Dec 29 26/26 ----> yay! A completed goal!

4. **for REAL - this has to happen!!** read at least 40 of the piled up books (I now have approx. 81!!! that can't fit on my real life shelves) **AND** donate to spring + fall book sales
Mar 4: backslid on this goal.... donated 10 or 12 books, bought 25!! at the spring book sale.
Aug 17: read 16 in the pile.... but the fall book sale starts Monday!

Dec. 9: This is terrible.... I now have 92!!!! in the 'pile'. OMG, I have a problem.

5. series:
a) catch up with most recent installments in Jussi Alder-Olsen Dept. Q series, Elly Griffiths Ruth Galloway series, Alan Bradley Flavia de luce series (if any) ---->yes for AB
b) read books 7 to 16 of Alexander McCall Smith No. 1 Ladies Detective agency ------>only got to #7
c) get back to Louise Penny
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series - done in fall season

6. read at least 2 non- fiction per quarter
Dec. 29 = 12 NF This is a goal I did well on!


message 6: by Elizabeth (Alaska) (last edited Dec 31, 2018 06:34PM) (new)

Elizabeth (Alaska) | 11717 comments Reserving my space! Not sure what other goals I might have other than continuing the long term goals I set last year, so have moved them here. I suspect I'll want to set something specific this year for each of them. (But changing the range to correctly match the centuries.)

1. As last year, read more Trollope. Can I get to 7 this year? [2/7] (All time 36/47)
2. Don't forget dear Balzac and keep plugging away at him - try for 5 this year and don't be laggard! [5/5] (All time 41/98)

Remember, Balzac and Trollope help the 19th Century goal, too.

3. Read 20 titles by women pub'd in the 20th Century (unread years). [33/20]
Long Term: Each year of 20th C for women authors, but count starts 1/1/17. [46/100] all time.
Bookmarked: 20th Century women writers
4. Read 15 titles pub'd in 19th Century (unread years) [6/15]
Long Term: Each year of 19th C for all authors, but count starts 1/1/17 [19/100] all time.
Bookmarked: 19th Century Writers


message 7: by Bea (new)

Bea | 1501 comments I want to finish old games. For RwS, that means finishing the subchallenges: Dominoes, Five Years, A Counting Game, and the current Reading Globally. For other groups, that means finishing old challenges.

Other than that, I am not sure that my goals are going to be centered on reading.


message 8: by Rosemary (new)

Rosemary | 2779 comments I think I only have one goal which is to get up to 550 books on the 1001 list. That sounds like more than half, but it really isn't, because there are different editions and the total is over 1300.

Currently I'm at 526 so that would be 24 next year if I don't read any more this year. I've read 26 so far this year.


message 9: by Lagullande (last edited Oct 08, 2017 03:12PM) (new)

Lagullande | 959 comments I think I will likely have similar goals to this year, but maybe I should make them a bit more "slimline" (e.g. instead of reading all the Bailey's Prize shortlisted books, read just 5.) That way, I might actually make a bit more progress.

So, I will probably have something based around (I will firm up later):

1. Bailey's Prize shortlisted books

2. Booker Prize shortlisted books

3. Books by Nobel winners

4. Books by Dickens

5. Books on my TBR

6. "Books of the Week" in The Guardian (because I want to read more newly published works)

7. Read more RwS Group Reads (because I usually only read max one per season, and I suspect there is actually great variety to be found in the suggestions there).

I think achieving these may be at the expense of any high scores in RwS and SRC challenges.


message 10: by Ed (last edited Apr 04, 2018 07:23PM) (new)

Ed Lehman | 2336 comments See https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...

27 of 52

✔1. A book with the letters A, T & Y in the title- The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds by Paul Zindel
2. A book from the first 10 books added to your To Be Read list- probably The Berlin Stories: The Last of Mr Norris/Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood (which would be the same as PS #13
3. A book from the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards - The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story by Douglas Preston
✔4. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #1 Earth (in title, cover, content, setting, author...)- 1,000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz
✔5. A book about or inspired by real events- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
✔6. A book originally written in a language other than English- The Wedding of Zein by Tayeb Salih
✔7. A gothic novel- Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
8. An "own voices" book*- perhaps Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood
9. A book with a body part in the title (heart, bones, teeth, skin, blood, etc)- probably The Hand of Ethelberta by Thomas Hardy-
10. An author's debut book (their first book to be published)- perhaps The Chosen by Chaim Potok or The Reader on the 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent or The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
11. A literary fiction- perhaps Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs or The Arabian Nights or The Forty-Five Guardsmen by Alexandre Dumas
12. A book set in Africa or South America- ?
✔13. A book with a plot centered around a secret (forbidden love, spies, secret societies, etc)- A Streetcar Named Desire
14. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #2 Fire -perhaps Under Fire by Henri Barbusse
✔15. A book with an unique format/writing structure- Brand by Henrik Ibsen- a play written in verse.
✔16. A narrative nonfiction- Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken
✔17. A book you expect to make you laugh- Crackpot: The Obsessions of John Waters by John Waters
✔18. A book with a location in the title- perhaps - Women of Algiers in Their Apartment by Assia Djebar
19. A book nominated for the Edgar Award or by a Grand master author (books & authors)- perhaps Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Høeg or The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
✔20. A book rated 5 stars by at least one of your friends- An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine (Elizabeth-Alaska)
21. A book written in first person perspective-
✔22. A book you have high expectations or hope for- The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
23. A medical or legal thriller- perhaps The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith or Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence
24. A book with a map- perhaps Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver or The Field Guide by Holly Black
25. A book with an antagonist/villain point of view - could be same as PS #9- perhaps Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys or And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
✔26. A book with a text only cover- Brainswitch Out of Depression: Break the Cycle of Despair by A.B. Curtiss
✔27. A book about surviving a hardship (war, famine, major disasters, serious illness, etc)- probably A Parcel of Patterns by Jill Paton Walsh
28. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #3 Water- perhaps The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley or Black Water by Joyce Carol Oates
29. A book with a "Clue" weapon on the cover or title (lead pipe, revolver, rope, candlestick, dagger, wrench)- probably The Monkey's Wrench by Primo Levi
✔30. A short book- Blue Octavo Notebooks by Franz Kafka
31. A book set in a country you'd like to visit but have never been to- probably Tent of Miracles by Jorge Amado
32. An alternate history book- perhaps Watchmen by Alan Moore or The Plot Against America by Philip Roth or How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
33. A book connected (title, cover, content) to a word "born" in the same year as you - my word= "gobsmacked"- probably Crackpot: The Obsessions of John Waters by John Waters
34. A suggestion from the AtY 2018 polls, that didn't win but was polarizing or a close-call perhaps Crossing by Jan Yoors- -(from 6th mini-poll): A book whose title or author's last name starts with Q, X, Y, or Z
✔35. A book featuring a murder- The Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy
36. A book published in the last 3 years (2016, 2017, 2018) by an author you haven't read before-
37. A Women's Prize for Fiction winner or nominee (link1, link2)- perhaps My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
✔38. A science book or a science fiction book- The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells
✔39. A book with a form of punctuation in the title- Atala / René by François-René de Chateaubriand
40. A book from Amazon's 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime - perhaps Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen or Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll or The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson or Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth
41. A book by an author with the same first and last initials- perhaps The Lonely Londoners
42. A book that takes place on, in, or underwater- perhaps- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
✔43. A book with a title that is a whole sentence- The Tongue's Blood Does Not Run Dry: Algerian Stories
✔44. A ghost story- The Spanish Tragedy by Thomas Kyd
✔45. A book that intimidates/ scares you- War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
46. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #4 Air- perhaps Coming Up for Air by George Orwell or Dead Air by Iain Banks
✔47. A book where the main character (or author) is of a different ethnic origin, religion, or sexual identity than your own- The Savage Night by Mohammed Dib
✔48. A book related to one of the 7 deadly sins (pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, sloth)- Athalie by Jean Racine
49. A book from one of the Goodreads Best Books of the Month lists - perhaps By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham or Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading by Nina Sankovitch
✔50. A book with a warm atmosphere (centered on family, friendship, love or summer)- North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
✔51. An award-winning short story or short story collection- Amok and Other Stories by Stefan Zweig
✔52. A book published in 2018- Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House (also on years needed list)


message 11: by Ed (last edited Apr 04, 2018 07:26PM) (new)

Ed Lehman | 2336 comments Pop Sugar plan: See post #9 at https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...

24 of 50

1. A book made into a movie you've already seen- And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (possibly same as 52 weeks #25)
2. True Crime- The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson (same as 52 Weeks # 16)
3. The next book in a series you started- planning Updike, Dos Passos, Ian Fleming or Proust
4. A book involving a heist- probably Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
5. Nordic noir- probably Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Høeg (1001 List)
✔6. A novel based on a real person - Athalie by Jean Racine
✔7. A book set in a country that fascinates you- An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine-set in Lebanon.
✔8. A book with a time of day in the title- The Savage Night by Mohammed Dib
✔9. A book about a villain or antihero- The Revenger's Tragedy by Thomas Middleton
✔10. A book about death or grief- Atala / René by François-René de Chateaubriand
✔11. A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym- Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
12. A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist-perhaps They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera or Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
13. A book that is also a stage play or musical- probably The Berlin Stories: The Last of Mr Norris/Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood (which could also be used for 52 wks#2.
✔14. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you- The Tongue's Blood Does Not Run Dry: Algerian Stories by Assia Djebar
✔15. A book about feminism- Women of Algiers in Their Apartment by Assia Djebar- same as 52 Weeks #18.
✔16. A book about mental health- The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds by Paul Zindel
✔17. A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift- The Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy
✔18. A book by two authors- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
19. A book about or involving a sport- perhaps Basketball Jones by E. Lynn Harris
✔20.A book by a local author- Brainswitch Out of Depression: Break the Cycle of Despair by A.B. Curtiss
21. A book with your favorite color in the title-probably The Green Man by Kingsley Amis- same as 52 Weeks #44.
✔22. A book with alliteration in the title - A Parcel of Patterns by Jill Paton Walsh
23. A book about time travel- perhaps The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
✔24. A book with a weather element in the title= The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories by Ernest Hemingway
25. A book set at sea- probably 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and other Classic Novels by Jules Verne - same as 52 Weeks #42
✔26. A book with an animal in the title- The Go-Away Bird and Other Stories by Muriel Spark
27. A book set on a different planet- perhaps Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente
28. A book with song lyrics in the title-probably Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
29. A book about or set on Halloween- maybe A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny
✔30. A book with characters who are twins- The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster
✔31. A book mentioned in another book- The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells mentioned in Jack of Spades by Joyce Carol Oates
32. A book from a celebrity book club- probably One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
✔33. A childhood classic you've never read-The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
✔34. A book that's published in 2018- Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff
35. A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner- (same as 52 Weeks #3) perhaps The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story by Douglas Preston Conversation Starters by Douglas Preston or Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney
36. A book set in the decade you were born- A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth- same as 52 Weeks #1
✔37. A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn't get to- War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
✔38. A book with an ugly cover- Brand Brand by Henrik Ibsen by Henrik Ibsen
39. A book that involves a bookstore or library- perhaps Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew J. Sullivan
✔40. Your favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, or 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenges- from 2015 challenge- Read a Non Fiction Book- Blue Octavo Notebooks by Franz Kafka

2018 Popsugar Advanced Reading Challenge

1. A bestseller from the year you graduated high school- perhapsDusklands by J.M. Coetzee
2. A cyberpunk book-perhaps The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks
3. A book that was being read by a stranger in a public place-perhaps Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
✔4. A book tied to your ancestry- Candide by Voltaire
5. A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title-Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
✔6. An allegory- The Crucible by Arthur Miller
7. A book by an author with the same first or last name as you- probably a play by Edward Albee- maybe Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
8. A microhistory- perhaps The Last Man Who Knew Everything: Thomas Young, the Anonymous Polymath Who Proved Newton Wrong, Explained How We See, Cured the Sick, and Deciphered the Rosetta Stone, Among Other Feats of Genius by Andrew Robinson
9. A book about a problem facing society today- maybe- Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
10. A book recommended by someone else taking the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge- perhaps Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck or The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George


message 12: by Karin (new)

Karin Reserving my space in case I come up with a goal or two (some years I do, some years I don't).


message 13: by Karen Michele (new)

Karen Michele Burns (klibrary) | 4416 comments My main goal is going to be to read books I have purchased recently for challenges and not gotten to read yet!


message 14: by Megan (last edited Dec 31, 2018 11:06AM) (new)

Megan (gentlyread) | 358 comments Annual and ongoing goals:

✔ Read at least 5 books from the Tournament of Books shortlist, out in January
March 31 Update: Complete. I've read nine.

✔ Read at least 5 works of non-fiction
March 31 Update: Nearly complete. I've read four.
June 29 Update: Complete. I've read nine so far this year.
October 4 Update: Continuing to exceed. I've read twelve.
December 1 Update: I ended the year with thirteen.

✔ Read deeply: 50% of what I read is by authors I'm already familiar with (backlist! gaining a deeper understanding of favorite authors! etc.!)
March 31 Update: 15/38 = 39%. I'll be working on this.
June 29 Update: 32/78 = 41%. Inching upward!
October 4 Update: 66/124 = 53%. Hoping I can keep this up!
December 31 Update: 85/160 = 53% for the year!

✔ Continue reading books for my 21st 20th century project (currently at 58/100 years covered). The specific goal is to read at least 12 a year, ideally at least one a month. (I got my centuries wrong there. I promise I'm not reading books from the future.)
March 31 Update: On track. I've read three this year, so I'm at 61/100.
June 29 Update: Still on track. My YTD is seven, making my total 65/100.
October 4 Update: Still on track. Nine so far, with a total 67/100.
December 31 Update: I ended the year with fourteen, for a total of 72/100.

For 2018 specifically:

✔ Match or exceed the number of short story collections I read in 2017 (7)
March 31 Update: On track. I've read two so far.
June 29 Update: Still on track. My current total is four.
October 4 Update: Exceeded! I've read eight.
December 31 Update: I ended the year with eleven. Smashing success, in terms of both numbers and enjoyment.

✔ Read a new-to-me Nobel Laureate in Literature
March 31 Update: None yet.
June 29 Update: Complete. I read Who Killed Palomino Molero? by Mario Vargas Llosa.


message 15: by Lagullande (last edited Jul 02, 2018 02:52PM) (new)

Lagullande | 959 comments Lagullande wrote: "I think I will likely have similar goals to this year, but maybe I should make them a bit more "slimline" (e.g. instead of reading all the Bailey's Prize shortlisted books, read just 5.) That way, ..."

So, I have firmed up on my goals for 2018:

1. BAILEY'S/ORANGE: Read the 2018 shortlist, plus 5 other winners of the Women's Prize for Fiction Prize. (Bailey's Shortlist Challenge)

2. BOOKER: Complete reading the books shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 3 years.

3. NOBEL: Read something written by 3 Nobel Literature Laureates new to me.

4. DICKENS: Finish Little Dorrit, and read at least one 2018 Group Read in The Old Curiosity Club

5. TBR: Reduce my TBR shelf to 25 books. Currently at 55. (These are books I have on hand in the house. Not the same as my "Wishlist" shelves which are books I don't have copies of yet.)

6. GUARDIAN: Read 1 of The Guardian's "Books of the Week" per month (because I want to read more newly published works).

7. GROUP READS: Ensure that I have read 25% of the 2018 Group Reads in all my GR groups.

8. LOST 2017: Complete reading the 10 books that had been on my GR shelves the longest at 1/1/2017 (LOST 2017)

9. LOST 2018: Read the 10 books that have been on my GR shelves the longest at 1/1/2018 (after those on LOST 2017).


This looks like about 125 books. I usually manage 100 a year, so I will have to be clever about doubling up with some.


message 16: by Beth (new)

Beth Robinson (bethrobinson) | 1099 comments I am working towards meeting some other personal goals in 2018 that will, unfortunately, dramatically cut down on my reading time for awhile after this winter season. So in the spirit of modest and meetable goals....

Each month I want to read at least
- one SF&F award winner
- one culturally expanding book
- one science or business related non-fiction book


message 17: by Ed (last edited Apr 04, 2018 07:28PM) (new)

Ed Lehman | 2336 comments Keeping track of my Alphabetical Author challenges here:

Pre-2007 Fiction 20 of 26
A-(2)-Assia, Djebar - Women of Algiers in Their Apartment; Alameddine, Rabih- An Unnecessary Woman
B(4)-Bronte, Emily- Wuthering Heights; Bataille, Georges- Blue of Noon; Jorge Luis Borges- Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings; Ivan Bunin- Collected Stories
C-Calvino, Italo- Invisible Cities
D(2)-Djebar, Assia - The Tongue's Blood Does Not Run Dry: Algerian Stories; Arthur Conan Doyle-The Hound of the Baskervilles
E- Cyprian Ekwensi- Restless City and Christmas Gold, with Other Stories
F-Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand- Atala / René
G-Gaskell, Elizabeth- North and South
H-Hemingway, Ernest- The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories
I-Ibsen, Henrik- Brand
J-(2)- Jill Paton Walsh- A Parcel of Patterns; John Webster-The Duchess of Malfi
K(2)-Kafka, Franz- Blue Octavo Notebooks; Thomas Kyd- The Spanish Tragedy
L- Leo Tolstoy- War and Peace
M(3)-Mohamed Dib- The Savage Night; Middleton, Thomas- The Revenger's Tragedy; Arthur Miller-The Crucible
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P- Paul Zindel- The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds
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R-Racine, Jean- Athalie
S (3)-Salih, Tayeb- The Wedding of Zein; Shaffer, Maryann- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society; Muriel Spark-The Go-Away Bird and Other Stories
T(3)- Tolstoy, Leo- The Kreutzer Sonata; Tom Stoppard- Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead; Thomas Middleton- The Changeling
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V-Voltaire- Candide
W(2)-Wells, H.G.- The Island of Dr. Moreau; Williams, Tennessee- A Streetcar Named Desire
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Z-Zweig, Stefan- Amok and Other Stories;

Post-2007 Fiction:
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Non-Fiction: 9 of 26
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B-Becky, Wendy-Sister Wendy's 1000 Masterpieces
C-A.B. Curtiss- Brainswitch Out of Depression: Break the Cycle of Despair
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F- Al Franken- Al Franken, Giant of the Senate
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K-Kafka, Franz- Blue Octavo Notebooks
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M-Michael Wolff- Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House
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P-Piper, David- The Illustrated History of Art: Art Through the Ages, Including: Medieval and Early Renaissance Art, the Sixteenth Century, the Baroque Era, Eastern Art
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S- Patricia Schultz-1,000 Places to See Before You Die
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W-Waters, John- Crackpot: The Obsessions of John Waters
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Z-Zaid, Gabriel- So Many Books: Reading and Publishing in an Age of Abundance


message 18: by Ed (last edited Apr 04, 2018 07:29PM) (new)

Ed Lehman | 2336 comments And my Alphabetical Titles here: 21 of 26


A(4)-Amok and Other Stories by Stefan Zweig; Athalie by Jean Racine; Atala / René by François-René de Chateaubriand; Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken
B(3)- Blue Octavo Notebooks by Franz Kafka and Brand by Henrik Ibsen; Brainswitch Out of Depression: Break the Cycle of Despair by A.B. Curtiss
C(5)-Crackpot: The Obsessions of John Waters by John Waters; Candide by Voltaire; The Crucible by Arthur Miller; Collected Stories by Ivan Bunin; The Changeling by Thomas Middleton
D- The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster
E--The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds by Paul Zindel;
F- Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff
G(3)- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer; Georges Bataille- Blue of Noon; The Go-Away Bird and Other Stories by Muriel Spark
H- The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
I (2)- The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells; The Illustrated History of Art: Art Through the Ages, Including: Medieval and Early Renaissance Art, the Sixteenth Century, the Baroque Era, Eastern Art by David Piper
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K- The Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy
L-Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings by Jorge Luis Borges
M-The Miser / George Dandin - Volume I by Molière
N-North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
O-1,000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz
P-A Parcel of Patterns by Jill Paton Walsh
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R(3)-Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard; The Revenger's Tragedy by Thomas Middleton; Restless City and Christmas Gold, with Other Stories by Cyprian Ekwensi.
S(5)- The Savage Night by Mohammed Dib; A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams; So Many Books: Reading and Publishing in an Age of Abundance by Gabriel Zaid; The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories by Ernest Hemingway; Sister Wendy's 1000 Masterpieces by Wendy Beckett
T- The Tongue's Blood Does Not Run Dry: Algerian Stories by Assia Djebar
U-An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine
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W-(4) Women of Algiers in Their Apartment by Assia Djebar ; The Wedding of Zein by Tayeb Salih; War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy; Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
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message 19: by Karen Michele (new)

Karen Michele Burns (klibrary) | 4416 comments Karen Michele’s 2018 Quality Over Quantity Plan

Note to Self:
As I read toward these goals, I need to remember not to over plan or over commit. I feel guilty and like I’m back in school as a student or teacher if I can’t complete my goals. Then I lose some of the true joy of reading! 2018 is my year to enjoy mood reading!

Goal 1: Read Books I Own

I’m trying hard to downsize my book collection, but I see great books on Goodreads that my library doesn’t have and I end up buying more. This wouldn’t be such a problem if I would actually read what I buy, hence this is my first goal.

Goal 2: Challenges and Games

*Reading with Style
Participating in RwS Challenge fits into the “Quantity Over Quantity” title of my plan.
*Literary Fiction by People of Color
The group reads and discussions in this group keep me in touch with the wider world and with current issues in the US.
*Precinct 81
This is a private group with a lot of game challenges and is based on a love of mysteries and thrillers, a genre I love. I’m led to the quality books through this group and the group reads.

Goal 3: Roundtable Reads and Projects

Participating more in The Roundtable fits into the “Quantity Over Quantity” title of my plan. After spending years as a high school librarian where my mindset was to get through lots of books to help with reading advisory for my students, I need to work on changing that goal. I find myself still stuck in that mindset in retirement and I want to settle down and enjoy my reading more.

*Tournament Participation
Read the books that make the list that I have never read and consider re-reads of some of my favorites.
*The Novel Participation
I purchased the book when I joined the group, but haven’t done much more than browse through it, so I plan to read a chapter a week. Read some of the novels cited, especially when they fit into my other goals.
*Mount TBR
This will fit well with “read books I own”. I may only claim the ones that have been on my TBR for a while for the points challenge.
*The Challenge
The Roundtable Challenge always leads me to quality books!

Goal 4: Many Moods Reading

This is an important section of my plan. I need to let myself go back to the reading days where I grabbed something and read it just because it fit my mood at the time, not because it fit into my challenges, so that’s where these categories come in.

*10 Best of 2017 Lists
I like keeping up with current books and so I will choose books I haven’t read from some of the 10 best lists floating around and those posted at the Roundtable.
*Series Satisfaction
I have lots of series in progress that I want to continue or finish. Many of these are Scandinavian mysteries, a definite favorite.
*Author Oeuvres
When I find an author I enjoy, (both living and classic writers) I tend to want to complete the author’s oeuvres which can be a challenge depending on the extent of their body of work. This goal is to keep me on track with these completist efforts.
*Prizes
I enjoy reading books from prize shortlists and winners each year, specifically The Man Booker Prize, The Pulitzer, The NBA, and also translated book awards, other members’ recommended award lists from around the world, women’s prizes and some YA prizes.
*I Like Big Books
A big part of the idea of “Quality over Quantity” is remembering how satisfying a big book can be. I have many on my list to get to and must give myself permission to take the time. My first priority in this category is:

Middlemarch


message 20: by Cory Day (new)

Cory Day (cors36) | 1205 comments I'm basically copying over my goals from last year and adding a little in the tracking of diversity in the authors and protagonists I read. Maybe this year I'll actually hit my non-fiction target that I didn't even try to hit last year....

1) No more than 50% books by white authors
2) 12 non-fiction books (1/month)
3) 3% translated books
4) Continue to track (as much as possible) gender, race, LGBT, religion of authors/protagonists to increase diversity in my reading
5) Begin to track (as much as possible) disability in authors/protagonists to increase diversity in my reading

That's it. The author stats can be difficult - not every author wants their personal information to be public.


message 21: by Ed (last edited Apr 22, 2018 08:34PM) (new)

Ed Lehman | 2336 comments As if I need another challenge..but adding the 2018 Book Riot challenge to my list in post #2. See https://bookriot.com/2017/12/15/book-...
12/24

✔1.A book published posthumously- Blue Octavo Notebooks by Franz Kafka
2.A book of true crime
✔3.A classic of genre fiction (i.e. mystery, sci fi/fantasy, romance)- The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells
4.A comic written and drawn by the same person
✔5.A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa)- The Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy
6.A book about nature
7.A western
8.A comic written or drawn by a person of color
✔9.A book of colonial or postcolonial literature- Women of Algiers in Their Apartment by Assia Djebar
✔10.A romance novel by or about a person of color- Atala / René by François-René de Chateaubriand- romance between Atala (half American Indian and half-Spanish with Chastas- a Natchez Indian)
11.A children’s classic published before 1980
✔12.A celebrity memoir- Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken
13.An Oprah Book Club selection
14.A book of social science
✔15.A one-sitting book- A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
16.The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series
17.A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author
18.A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image
✔19.A book of genre fiction in translation- War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
✔20.A book with a cover you hate- Brand by Henrik Ibsen
21.A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author
✔22.An essay anthology- Crackpot: The Obsessions of John Waters by John Waters
✔23.A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60- An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine
✔24.An assigned book you hated (or never finished)-Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë-loved it but hadn't finished when assigned in college (or was it high school?)


message 22: by Bryony (new)

Bryony (bryony46) | 235 comments Books and authors I want to prioritise & general goals for the year

General goals:
🌙 Complete the Around the Year in 52 books challenge (10/52)
✨Complete the 2018 Book Riot Read Harder challenge (2/24)
💯 Read at least 100 new books (16/100)
🌍 Start an "Around the World" challenge and read books set in or by authors from at least ten different countries
📚 Read at least five non-fiction books (6/5) ✔️
🗓 Read at least five books published in the 19th century or earlier (2/5)
📰 Read at least five books on the Guardian 100 greatest novels list (1/5)
👩🏼‍🎓Complete the required reading for my Reading & Studying Literature course

Books to prioritise (books I planned for 2017 but didn’t get around to):
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
Swing Time by Zadie Smith
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

Authors to prioritise:
Salman Rushdie
Sebastian Faulks
Ian McEwan
Iain Banks

Series to continue with:
The Wallander series by Henning Mankell
The Hercule Poirot series by Agatha Christie


message 23: by Lagullande (new)

Lagullande | 959 comments Progress Update at the end of the first quarter:

1. BAILEY'S/ORANGE: Read the 2018 shortlist, plus 5 other winners of the Women's Prize for Fiction Prize.
Finished 1 previous winner, plus 6 on 2018 longlist

2. BOOKER: Complete reading the books shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 3 years.
Finished 1 previous winner

3. NOBEL: Read something written by 3 Nobel Literature Laureates new to me.
Finished 1

4. DICKENS: Finish Little Dorrit, and read at least one 2018 Group Read in The Old Curiosity Club
Finished 65% of The Pickwick Papers

5. TBR: Reduce my TBR shelf to 25 books. Originally at 55. (These are books I have on hand in the house. Not the same as my "Wishlist" shelves which are books I don't have copies of yet.)
Finished 7, but added more so current TBR is 67 :-(

6. GUARDIAN: Read 1 of The Guardian's "Books of the Week" per month (because I want to read more newly published works).
Finished 3

7. GROUP READS: Ensure that I have read 25% of the 2018 Group Reads in all my GR groups.
Finished 5 books. Current percentage: 18.1%

8. LOST 2017: Complete reading the 10 books that had been on my GR shelves the longest at 1/1/2017.
No progress

9. LOST 2018: Read the 10 books that have been on my GR shelves the longest at 1/1/2018 (after those on LOST 2017).
Finished 3


Elizabeth (Alaska) | 11717 comments Update (because it's the halfway mark in Spring)

Trollope: He awaits, but I have 1 for certain in Reading the Decades and another possible this season, but I'm falling behind if I'm going to make 7 by the end of the year

Balzac: 1 posted this season and another in Reading the Decades. This is better than last year, and we'll see what the rest of the year presents.

20thC Women: I'm pleased with my progress. 8 so far this year and another 3 minimum for Reading the Decades. That will put me past the halfway mark on my goal of 20 for the year.

19thC: The Spring challenge has helped in this, but 4/15 is still lagging. There are other possibles after I finish Reading the Decades - Trollope and Balzac get 2 birds with one stone!


message 25: by Lagullande (new)

Lagullande | 959 comments Progress Update at the end of the second quarter:

1. BAILEY'S/ORANGE: Read the 2018 shortlist, plus 5 other winners of the Women's Prize for Fiction Prize.
End of 1Q2018: Finished 1 previous winner, plus 6 on 2018 longlist
End of 2Q2018: No more winners read (except 2018) so still at 1 previous winner read, plus 4 on 2018 shortlist


2. BOOKER: Complete reading the books shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 3 years.
End of 1Q2018: Finished 1 previous winner
End of 2Q2018: 2 previous winners read, plus 1 shortlisted


3. NOBEL: Read something written by 3 Nobel Literature Laureates new to me.
End of 1Q2018: Finished 1
End of 2Q2018: Still only read 1


4. DICKENS: Finish Little Dorrit, and read at least one 2018 Group Read in The Old Curiosity Club
End of 2Q2018: Finished one Group Read, The Pickwick Papers

5. TBR: Reduce my TBR shelf to 25 books. Originally at 55. (These are books I have on hand in the house. Not the same as my "Wishlist" shelves which are books I don't have copies of yet.)
End of 1Q2018: Finished 7, but added more so current TBR is 67 :-(
End of 2Q2018: Finished another 4, but current TBR now up to 69 :-((


6. GUARDIAN: Read 1 of The Guardian's "Books of the Week" per month (because I want to read more newly published works).
End of 1Q2018: Finished 3
End of 2Q2018: Finished another 1


7. GROUP READS: Ensure that I have read 25% of the 2018 Group Reads in all my GR groups.
End of 1Q2018: Finished 5 books. Current percentage: 18.1%
End of 2Q2018: Finished another 2 books. Current percentage: 22.0%


8. LOST 2017: Complete reading the 10 books that had been on my GR shelves the longest at 1/1/2017.
No progress

9. LOST 2018: Read the 10 books that have been on my GR shelves the longest at 1/1/2018 (after those on LOST 2017).
End of 1Q2018: Finished 3
End of 2Q2018: Finished another 1



Elizabeth (Alaska) | 11717 comments Lagullande wrote: "5. TBR: Reduce my TBR shelf to 25 books. Originally at 55. (These are books I have on hand in the house. Not the same as my "Wishlist" shelves which are books I don't have copies of yet.)
End of 1Q2018: Finished 7, but added more so current TBR is 67 :-(
End of 2Q2018: Finished another 4, but current TBR now up to 69 :-(("


This is why I abandoned such a goal last year. It was an epic failure. I have sorta kinda promised myself to buy only those books that fit the current challenge and therefore will read soon, but I'm not even 100% keeping to that promise to myself


Elizabeth (Alaska) | 11717 comments The one shining spot in my 2018 goals is my reading 20th Century women goal. I've read 16/20 at the end of June. With Listopia Tag, I'll have 3 more, and I have at least 2 other pencilled in for the summer season.

I am lagging behind on my other 3 goals. It is possible I'll make the 19th Century goal of 15 years, but probably not reach my Trollope and Balzac goals.


Elizabeth (Alaska) | 11717 comments Woo Hoo!

3. Read 20 titles by women pub'd in the 20th Century (unread years). [20/20]

And I have more planned for the year. Not so good on the 19th Century/Trollope/Balzac goals, but I really embraced this one!


message 29: by Ed (new)

Ed Lehman | 2336 comments Elizabeth (Alaska) wrote: "Woo Hoo!

3. Read 20 titles by women pub'd in the 20th Century (unread years). [20/20]

And I have more planned for the year. Not so good on the 19th Century/Trollope/Balzac goals, but I really emb..."



Great job Elizabeth! I'm lagging awfully on my goal to read at least 40% women authors:

M 248 (74.3%): F 86 (25.7%)

You probably noticed I haven't been clogging up this thread with all my updates as I used to do. I moved all my challenges here https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...

Added so many other challenges since I set up that thread. At some point I'll compile a summary to update my progress here.


message 30: by Valerie (new)

Valerie Brown | 2306 comments Elizabeth (Alaska) wrote: "Woo Hoo!

3. Read 20 titles by women pub'd in the 20th Century (unread years). [20/20]

And I have more planned for the year. Not so good on the 19th Century/Trollope/Balzac goals, but I really emb..."


It's always nice to accomplish at least one goal! :)

Your post nudged me to review my progress, which I hadn't done since March! The one goal that I've accomplished is reading at least 2 non-fiction per quarter. I've read the year's worth (8), and could quit now if desired but I probably won't! Especially since I have one penciled in for next season's sub-challenge.

The biggest fail is my 'problem' with the library book sale. I tried briefly to talk myself into staying away, but I know I will be there on Monday when it starts.....


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Valerie Brown | 2306 comments Ed wrote: "Elizabeth (Alaska) wrote: "Woo Hoo!

3. Read 20 titles by women pub'd in the 20th Century (unread years). [20/20]

And I have more planned for the year. Not so good on the 19th Century/Trollope/Bal..."


All those challenges are amazing, Ed. I think I would just get confused!


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Ed Lehman | 2336 comments Valerie wrote: "Ed wrote: "Elizabeth (Alaska) wrote: "Woo Hoo!

3. Read 20 titles by women pub'd in the 20th Century (unread years). [20/20]

And I have more planned for the year. Not so good on the 19th Century/T..."


LOL...when I finish a book...it takes quite a while to check it off (if appropriate) in each challenge...but it is a healthy exercise to satisfy my self diagnosed OCD. Well..at least it doesn't do anybody any harm...other than waste time.


Elizabeth (Alaska) | 11717 comments Valerie wrote: "I've read the year's worth (8), and could quit now if desired but I probably won't! Especially since I have one penciled in for next season's sub-challenge."

I admire your nonfiction goal, and am just not there yet. Maybe another year. I can promise a place for one/some next season, which will be posted soon.


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Valerie Brown | 2306 comments Elizabeth (Alaska) wrote: "Valerie wrote: "I've read the year's worth (8), and could quit now if desired but I probably won't! Especially since I have one penciled in for next season's sub-challenge."

I admire your nonficti..."


Oh good! Depending on the task/subject I enjoy non-fiction (there is some I just can't read like true crime).

I specifically added that goal 2 years ago because I noticed a real pendulum swing in my reading and didn't want to fall into that again. In other words, for about 10 years I only read non-fiction and then one day I woke up and realized I missed fiction. I started back in with fiction, joined GR, and then was exclusively reading fiction! Setting a goal helped bring a bit more of a balance.


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Elizabeth (Alaska) | 11717 comments Ed wrote: "Update:

I completed my goal to read at least 100 books in 2018.... and I also read 10 children's books that I don't add to that total."


Well done!


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Lagullande | 959 comments If I'm going to achieve any more of my Personal Reading Goals for 2018, then I'm going to have to really focus my reading for the rest of the year.

So far, I'm claiming to have "finished" 2 of my 9 goals:

3. NOBEL: Read something written by 3 Nobel Literature Laureates new to me.
DONE - Selma Lagerlof, Patrick Modiano and Svetlana Alexievich

4. DICKENS: Finish Little Dorrit, and read at least one 2018 Group Read in The Old Curiosity Club
I haven't finished Little Dorrit but I have read two of the Group Reads (Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist), so I'm taking this as a win.


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Rosemary | 2779 comments Rosemary wrote: "I think I only have one goal which is to get up to 550 books on the 1001 list. That sounds like more than half, but it really isn't, because there are different editions and the total is over 1300.

Currently I'm at 526 so that would be 24 next year if I don't read any more this year. I've read 26 so far this year."


I'm now at 562, so I've achieved my goal :)


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Valerie Brown | 2306 comments Rosemary wrote: "Rosemary wrote: "I think I only have one goal which is to get up to 550 books on the 1001 list. That sounds like more than half, but it really isn't, because there are different editions and the to..."

Wow! Well done!


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Rosemary | 2779 comments Thanks, Valerie! I did read a lot of them when young and studying literature. But I think I have been reading at least 25 a year since I joined Goodreads. I won't read all 1300+, if only because some are too hard to obtain, but I would like to reach 1001. That would be another 17.5 years at 25 a year, so it depends how long I live and remain of sound mind!


Elizabeth (Alaska) | 11717 comments Well done, Rosemary! I love seeing progress on such long term goals.


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Lagullande | 959 comments I have finished a third of my nine goals:

2. BOOKER: Complete reading the books shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 3 years.
I completed the shortlists for 1975, 2011, 2014 - 7 books


Elizabeth (Alaska) | 11717 comments Lagullande wrote: "I have finished a third of my nine goals:

2. BOOKER: Complete reading the books shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 3 years.
I completed the shortlists for 1975, 2011, 2014 - 7 books"


Very good!


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Valerie Brown | 2306 comments Just did what will probably be my final update on 2018's goals. I'm generally pleased with how my reading went this year. However, I really have to do something about the increasing number of books in the 'pile' (that don't fit on our shelves). I have some slotted in for this winter season, so here's hoping for a mega finish! ha, ha....


Elizabeth (Alaska) | 11717 comments Valerie wrote: "Just did what will probably be my final update on 2018's goals. I'm generally pleased with how my reading went this year. However, I really have to do something about the increasing number of books..."

Nice!

I gave up on the decreasing number of books - I know the feeling!


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Lagullande | 959 comments A fourth one of my nine goals is finished :-)

9. LOST 2018: Read the 10 books that have been on my GR shelves the longest at 1/1/2018 (after those on LOST 2017).


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Lagullande | 959 comments And a fifth one done (thank you, Michelle Obama):

6. GUARDIAN: Read 1 of The Guardian's "Books of the Week" per month.


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Valerie Brown | 2306 comments Well, I was wrong above - I just made a late breaking update on my goal progress (above). I finished the A-Z Classic Author challenge tonight (with Lord of the Flies).


Elizabeth (Alaska) | 11717 comments Valerie wrote: "Well, I was wrong above - I just made a late breaking update on my goal progress (above). I finished the A-Z Classic Author challenge tonight (with Lord of the Flies)."

Very nice! That seems a hard one to me.


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Ed Lehman | 2336 comments Valerie wrote: "Well, I was wrong above - I just made a late breaking update on my goal progress (above). I finished the A-Z Classic Author challenge tonight (with Lord of the Flies)."

Way to go Valerie! I'm going to miss it by one this year (two if I don't finish my current book by tomorrow night).


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