Dear 2019…Please be good to me!

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2019 is here! 2019 is here!! Hooray!! I cannot begin to express how happy I am that 2018 is FINALLY over. Fact: 2018 did not like me! Thankfully, it was not one of the most difficult years I’ve ever faced but it was complicated nonetheless. The company that I worked for and absolutely loved, closed its doors. So after three years I found myself back on the job market. Not at all what I was expecting but well…there you have it. The upside is that I got a lot of writing done in those couple of months. I’m closer now to finishing my book. We’ll see what happens in the next six months. Wish me luck!

In keeping with New Year’s tradition, I sat down at my nifty breakfast nook table on the morning of December 31st, 2018 to write out my plan, goals for 2019. One of which is to do a better job of keeping up with my book-review blog. I’m also committed to doing more yoga this year; not just on Saturday mornings. One of my 2018 resolutions was to read 12 books of 400-pages or more. It turns out I start to lose interest and my patience at around 250 pages into one particular subject. In the end, I ended up reading 52 books of varying lengths and subjects; some surpassed the 400 page count (holy cow Goldfinch!), others barely made the 200 page count. I could have read more but chose instead to focus on writing my book.

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This year, I am aiming for a minimum of 60 books regardless of the length. It seems like with every year that passes, I fall in love more and more with reading. I liked it 20 years ago. Now, I must have it or I’ll go mad. I recently dated someone that didn’t appreciate my passion…so…we’re no longer a “we”. Ha! Just kidding. But I’m serious. He was eating into my reading time and getting in the way of my passion. What is the likelihood of two bibliophiles finding and falling for each other? Sounds like heaven on earth and they say God doesn’t like competition. So it may be an unrealistic dream. We shall see…

Here are my favorite five books for 2018 by order of ranking (#1 being the best):

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  1. The Unsettling of America by Wendell Berry
  2. Blue Nights by Joan Didion
  3. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  4. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer, Annie Barrows
  5. End the Fed by Ron Paul

 

As for my 2019 reading list, I think I’ve got some interesting ones lined up. Here are some just to name a few:

Of course, I plan to add many along the way. Any good recommendations? I’d love to hear which were your favorites from last year. Does anyone have a unique New Year’s resolution? I’d love to hear from you! I hope 2019 is an excellent year for you!!

Much love,

Globetrotter Momma

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. Book Admirer says:

    Neverwhere continues to be my favorite Neil Gaiman book. I am planning to read Educated this year as well.

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    1. Don’t you just love him? I fell in love with Neil Gaiman’s writing the moment I read Stardust. I hope I like Neverwhere as much as you do. Thanks for commenting. 🙂

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  2. Good luck with your target 👍🏻

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    1. Thanks! I appreciate it! 🙂

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  3. mycharmednyclife says:

    Love this list-curious to hear more about your book and writing as well!!!

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    1. Thanks! Let me know whether you get a chance to read any of them. My book is about a girl and her ex-step-father and how despite the divorce from her mother, they remain good friends over the years.

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  4. grabaspine says:

    Great goals. Good luck on the book writing. I could never do that. I read 50 books this last year, but I’m not nearly as ambitious this year. Found myself at the end just worrying about the number of books vs actually enjoying them. I chose joy and that’s why I barely made the mark.

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    1. Yeah, I’ll admit that I did that towards then end as well. I got distracted with quite a few pretty darn bad books and then fell behind on my count to date. I had to catch up at the end of the year. One thing I’ll be doing a lot less of this year is following mainstream (GoodReads) recommendations. Every time a book seems to make it big and everyone is raving about it, I think “Well everyone says it’s all the rage so it MUST be good”. Then when I pick it up and read it, it doesn’t seem to work out for me. “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt, “Anything is Possible” by Elizabeth Strout, “Kafka on the Shore” by Haruki Murakami , “The Magic of Thinking Big” by David J. Shwartz are all just some examples of well-liked mainstream books that did not resonate with me.

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      1. grabaspine says:

        I agree. I’m not that interested in reading books just because other people said great things about them. I’d be my own arbiter.

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  5. Anne Brock says:

    Have you read Where the Crawdads Sing? So good! I’ve got Educated in my list too.

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    1. No, I haven’t read it. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for the recommendation. 😉

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