Reading Goals for 2020

Yes… it’s early, and I haven’t done a recap of my 2019 reading yet, because we still have over a month to go! Still, I thought I’d go ahead and share this while it’s on the brain.

Read What I (Already) Own

That’s right… I have a large number of books (20+), both fic and non-fic, which I haven’t read or only partially read. I’ve made so little progress with the Mount TBR Challenge in the last few years, it’s clear I need to focus on this mountain far more strictly. πŸ˜‰ Happily, the ones I own are pretty diverse in genre and topic, so if I go about it in the right order, I won’t get bored!

Read More Poetry

I’ve been writing poetry on-and-off for ten years—nowadays, I write a poem nearly every day. But I don’t read it as often as I used to or should.

If you have any suggestions of poets to read, do share! I am pretty well-versed (no pun intended) in Dickinson, Wordsworth, and Longfellow, and am looking to branch out.

Keep Reading with Others

This year I’ve participated in not one but FIVE readalongs. It was one of the best decisions of 2019.

  1. The Vindication of the Rights of Woman – Ruth
  2. The Four Loves – Cleo
  3. Moby-Dick – Brona
  4. The Art of Loving – Cleo
  5. The House of Mirth – Cleo

I’m considering hosting two readalongs in 2020: Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl and Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad + An Image of Africa by Chinua Achebe (criticism of Conrad’s novella). They are all short books under 200 pages. Let me know if you have any interest…

Keep Reading Non-Fiction

As of today, I’ve read more nonfiction this year than fiction, which is terrifically unusual. Though I want to maintain a focus on classic literature, I plan to continue reading plenty of non-fic, because I’ve learned so much from it.

And—that’s all. You know I’m bad at challenges, so a sort of unspoken rule for me at this point is not to sign up for challenges. 😳 That said, I’m hoping to make a dent in my Classics Club list (which should happen organically if I stick to these goals).

9 thoughts on “Reading Goals for 2020

  1. haiku are enlightening… i wrote about a thousand of them some years back and it really helped me to a sort of realization as regards reality and the sensory experience… one of them won an award from a Japanese Zen monastery but the one they liked i didn’t think was very good, haha… anyway, Basho, Issa, Shiki, Buson are the most cited composers, one might say, but there are many others, some of them outstanding… Basho once said if a Haiku poet can write one good one in his lifetime he should consider himself as a true poet… the works of R.H. Blyth are the best intro to the art…

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    • Wow, what an experience! πŸ™‚ May I ask if you’ve published (or thought about publishing)?

      As far as ranking goes, it’s often like that, isn’t it? In college, I submitted a few poems to the campus arts journal; of course, the editors published my least favorite of the bunch. I never did understand that.

      I will definitely look into those poets. I love the minimalism of haiku but for whatever reason have only written 2 or 3 (and not read any yet).

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  2. Well, every year I actually read SOMETHING from the pile of books I already have but I’m always adding new ones, especially around Christmas because my kids usually buy me books, so it’s an ongoing project. I’m usually reasonably good at completing challenges but this year I don’t think I’ll even finish my own Christian Greats Challenge unless I get a move on. πŸ™‚

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    • Banana buying is something of an art form. πŸ™‚ As for history books, I can never understand why they are so LONG. It’s as if the author demands/expects exclusive attention!

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