New year, new book list. That's how the saying goes, right? Y'all. I've branched out and gotten creative with this year's book goals and I'm pretty excited about it.
Instead of just making my usual master list, I've decided to also participate in a reading challenge and to incorporate a mystery jar. A mystery jar? What's that? Well, after creating my master list (including the reading challenge within that list), I went around my house and chose books I've gotten at the Book Shelter, series that I love, books I've been wanting to re-read, or books that almost made the cut for the master list, wrote them down on tiny slips of paper, rolled them up, and put them in this little jar. Throughout 2019, I'll be drawing at random and reading whatever is on the slip. There are 40 slips of paper total in the jar, but those 40 slips actually represent about 70 books. I don't hold any delusional ideas of getting through the entire jar, but I'd love to get through at least 10 slips. I think this is going to be a super-fun way of mixing it up this year, and, if it goes well, this may be a permanent fixture in my reading life.
Now that I've explained my little mystery jar of bookish fun, let me explain the reading challenge. Since the very first year that I started making these book lists, I've seen these reading challenges all over the internet. I've always wanted to participate in one, but since I was new to the whole list-making and blogging scene, I wanted to really figure out my rhythm and see what I was capable of before jumping into a challenge. Now that I have four years of book lists and blogging under my belt, I decided it was finally time to incorporate a challenge into my list and I chose the Modern Mrs Darcy 2019 Reading Challenge. This is a fun way to structure your reading, and I would encourage you to do a challenge yourself. Modern Mrs Darcy has free printables and everything to help you get started and her challenge is very manageable.
But enough yakking, let's get to my actual list already! Here we go...
My Base List
My Utmost for His Highest : Oswald Chambers
The Knowledge of the Holy : A.W. Tozer
Humility : C.J. Mahaney
The Holiness of God : R.C. Sproul
The Last Founding Father : Harlow Giles Unger
John Quincy Adams : Harlow Giles Unger
As You Like It : William Shakespeare
King Lear : William Shakespeare
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall : Anne Brontë
All the Light We Cannot See : Anthony Doerr
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone : J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets : J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban : J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire : J.K. Rowling
Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge
a book you've been meaning to read
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn : Betty Smith
a book about a topic that fascinates you
The Problem of Pain : C.S. Lewis
a book in the backlist of a favorite author
Sisterchicks on the Loose! : Robin Jones Gunn
a book recommended by someone with great taste
Orphan Train : Christina Baker Kline
three books by the same author
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix : J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince : J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows : J.K. Rowling
a book you chose for the cover
Crime and Punishment : Fyodor Dostoevsky
a book by an author who is new to you
A Man Called Ove : Fredrik Backman
a book in translation
The Count of Monte Cristo : Alexandre Dumas
a book outside your (genre) comfort zone
1984 : George Orwell
a book published before you were born
David Copperfield : Charles Dickens
So my base list and the reading challenge make up a master list of 26 books for 2019. My goal for this year is 36 books. Loosely, one book from my base list, one book from the challenge, and one book from the mystery jar each month. We'll see how it goes. As you can see, I'm finally joining the rest of the known universe in reading the Harry Potter books. I always kinda knew this day would come and here we are. I've got friends reading The Count of Monte Cristo (probably the book that intimidates me most this year) and All the Light We Cannot See with me so that should be fun. And I'm really excited about some of my more contemporary choices this year.
All in all, I'm psyched to get reading in 2019. I'd love to see what you plan to read or hear about your 2019 resolutions in the comments. Happy New Year!
Have you read any of the books on my list? What do you think of my mystery jar?