2019 Goals – Categorically Speaking

Now I will post some goals for next year: my goal for 2019 is at least 100 books.


I plan on reading an average of one nonfiction and one fiction ARC from NetGalley each month, for a total of 12 each in a year.

Total: 24, Running Total: 24

Award Winners


I plan on completing 2018 and 2019 shortlists for the Man Booker Prize and the Wellcome Book Prize. Pictured above are the books on 2018 shortlists that I do not plan to have already completed. The Wellcome Book 2019 Prize longlist will be announced in February, the shortlist in March, and the award winner in April. The Man Booker 2019 longlist will likely be announced in July, the shortlist in September, and the winner in October. Depending on how I’m doing on last year’s shortlists, I may read some of the longlisted books as well.

Total: 12, Running Total: 36


I am currently trying to educate myself with a variety of literary, philosophical, and historical studies. The categories are:

a. Scripture
b. Philosophy
c. World Literature
d. Meaning of Life
e. Judaism
f. History
g. Self Help
h. Myth

Total: 8, Running Total: 44

The Well-Educated Mind


I’m still working on the Well Educated Mind project, based on the list of books and discussion question suggestions in Susan Wise Bauer’s book, The Well Educated Mind.

Total: 12, Running total: 56

Miscellaneous Fiction

Total: 22, Running total: 78

Miscellaneous Nonfiction

Total: 22 Running Total: 100

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