I’m a book nerd.
There! I said it!
As a book nerd, I enjoy the website – and app – Goodreads. It allows me to create virtual bookshelves of all the books I’ve read, those I am currently reading, or those I want to read. And I can create my own bookshelves to sort books into categories of my choosing.
In 2016, I found a reading challenge online that had a list of books to read that included things like a bestseller, a biography, a book and its prequel, a book that takes place on an island . . . the list even included a book with a blue cover! All told there were about 42 “categories” on that list. I came close but didn’t quite complete it. In 2017, I simply set a number goal for myself on Goodreads (another feature I love – tracking how close I am to my goal!) and worked my way through books by favorite authors and only explored a few that were new to me. But I did it – 50 books in a year! And I really could have done much more reading in the summer.
It’s time to set my goal for next year but I wanted to do something a little different in 2018. I’ve upped the total number of books – going for 60 this year – and I’ve decided to break those 60 into 12 genres/categories with a goal of reading five books in each group. Took some doing to come up with 12 genres. Mostly because I had to stretch beyond my normal reading choices. But I did it! The 12 groupings are:
- Biography or Memoir
- Based on a Legend or Fairy Tale
- Self Help/Spiritual Growth
- Science Fiction
- Goal Setting/Work Focus related
- Political Intrigue
With the categories set, it was time to do some digging. In the mystery and fantasy categories, there are some authors I already love so I can fill those up quite easily. Science Fiction? Political Intrigue? There, I’m treading into unfamiliar territory. And this technology-dependent age, I did what most of us would do – I did some searching on the internet! I spent a chunk of Christmas Eve compiling a “possible titles” list. Yes, I’m planning well in advance, but I leave for a trip on the 28th and, if I want to start on January 1st, I will need to take a title or two with me on the trip. You can see my list below. And if you have any must-read titles you’d like to share, please leave them in the comments!