Happy New Year! Reading Goals

Happy New Year! How on earth is it 2019 already? Today I’m going to be sharing my 2019 reading goals to kick off the new year. 



Setting a Goodreads reading goal seems to be really controversial this year, but I like having one. I don’t feel particularly pressured by them, and I’ve been known to adjust them mid-year if my reading isn’t going as well as I had hoped. In 2018 I read 181 books. I’m setting my target for 2019 to 175. I do want to read some giant tomes this year though, so there’s a good chance I’ll end up lowering this. 

Conquering Mount Ted TBR

Like most book bloggers, I have a TBR that is out of control. I’ve worked really hard on reducing it this year, with a lot of reading and some ruthless culling. I started 2018 with 399 books unread in my house. I’m now down to 251. Ideally I’d like to get another 100 off this in 2019. I’ve stuck to my ban since November, and whilst I don’t plan to stay on a book buying ban, I am going to be restricting my book buying whilst I tackle the backlog. 

Reading Challenges

Hodderscape Reading Challenge 2019

This reading challenge is being hosted by Hodderscape, and it sounds like a really interesting one. This involves reading 12 books over the year, ideally one a month (but I highly doubt my reading will go that neatly!). The prompts are:

  • A book based on mythology or folklore
  • A non-fiction book by a SFF author
  • A work of sci-fi or fantasy in translation
  • A book being adapted for movie or TV in 2019
  • A novel featuring dragons
  • A work of sci-fi by a female or non-binary author
  • A book told from multiple character POVs
  • A book with a non-human protagonist
  • A retelling of a classic fairytale
  • A book set in a dystopian future
  • A book set on a different planet or space station
  • A book inspired by real world history

O.W.L.S. Readathon

Yes. I know you all did this in 2018 and I was super gutted I missed it, so I’m doing it this year and hoping Book Roast doesn’t mind (link will take you to the official readathon video). Officially, you have to sit 5 of the 12 O.W.L. subjects to get an outstanding, but I am a huge overachiever like Hermione, so I am going to attempt 8, and when I get through these, I plan to take my N.E.W.T.s later in the year. Here’s the list:

  • Ancient Runes – A book with a symbol on the cover
  • Arithmancy – A book with a number on the cover or in the title
  • Care of Magical Creatures – A book that includes magical creatures or features a magical creature on the cover
  • Charms – A fantasy book
  • Defence Against the Dark Arts – A book about / featuring secret societies / clubs
  • Herbology – A book with a nature related word in the title
  • Muggle Studies – A muggle non-fiction book
  • Transfiguration – A book that deals with transfiguration / shapeshifting or a similar theme, or that has a cat on the cover. 

Have you set any reading goals or challenges for 2019?



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  1. Happy New Year Charlotte! I hope you have a good one. I think I may have to sign up to do O.W.L.S because I was gutted to have missed it last year too though I may have to be an overachiever like you and attempt to complete 8!

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  2. The OWLS resdathon sounds great! If I didn’t think I’d be struggling to fit everything in as it is, I’d definitely fancy doing that one! Good luck!


  3. I loved doing the OWLS and NEWTS readathons. I’m hoping there will be more organised this year as I was really productive with my reading in those months. I’ve decided to lower my GR goal this year so that I feel less pressure (only from myself). It does seem to be a controversial thing these days but I say everyone should just do what they want to do 🙂

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    1. I loved seeing your updates for OWLS and NEWTS. Everyone should definitely do what they want to for reading goals. I tend to set mine to see how my reading is comparing to the previous year, but I do tend to lower or increase it if it looks like my goal needs it. I think last year’s started at 120 (which is roughly what I read the previous year).

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      1. OMG!! I am in denial 😁 l! I’m not even including my e-books because I know that is probably close to 100 lol! I am the worst with ebooks!! I’m pretty sure I am not near 400 though 😁

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  4. OMG! I just checked my shelf and have 81 fictional books I have not read! This led me to my non fiction shelf where I have 24 waiting for me. Not to mentioned also 14 mix audiobooks and 187 fiction ebooks! 306 total!!….still a ways from 400 though 😁!! Lol 😂

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