Nineteen books in 2019 challenge

The thought of nineteen books to read and review excites me. In a bleak year, when reading more than a page mostly put me to sleep, I almost failed an eighty-plus-year-old driving licence vision test. But fortunately, two lots of cataract surgery later, I’m almost back!

My second cataract surgery was in mid-December. A few days later, I surprised everyone when I picked up a newspaper while tidying and found I could read tiny print without spectacles. My vision fluctuates, but improves every day. New glasses (beginning of February) will make all the difference.

This year, to celebrate a return to reading, instead of a list of things I’ll do and goals I’ll meet, I’m sharing my reading list for the year.

Not only do I plan to read these nineteen books in 2019, but I will also review them on my blog. As well as that, I’ll renew my commitment to the Australian Women Writers Challenge 2019, a challenge I sorely neglected in 2018, and post my reviews on Goodreads.  

Australian Women Wtiyrtd Challenge 2019 Badge

I missed so many new releases in 2018, and may never catch up, so I will do something different and nominate classes of books, rather than naming any. I do have a stockpile but hope to keep all options open for what the new year will bring.

My nineteen books in 2019

Here is my list, in no special order. If there’s overlap between categories, I’ll read another to make at least nineteen. I wrote a similar list a few years ago, and met my own challenge. Some of the categories are similar. I guess that means they reflect my reading habits and preferences.

  • The memoir of a friend (in publication)
  • a book on the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2019 shortlist
  • the biography of an Australian woman artist
  • a novel with a medieval theme
  • one from The Stella Prize shortlist 2019
  • an Australian history or historical novel
  • a book set in the Australian outback
  • something with a French or Spanish theme
  • a young adult novel
  • a ‘chick-lit’ novel
  • a ‘For Dummies’ book on I subject I want to learn about
  • a book about spirituality
  • speculative fiction
  • a book by an author from the Perth Writers Festival in February 2019
  • the writing of an Aboriginal woman
  • a shortlisted book for the Walkley Award for Best Non-Fiction Books 2019 shortlist
  • one with a flower (or flowers) on the cover
  • a book from the ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) Literature list
  • the debut novel by an Australian writer.

I have a very soft spot for the Walkley Award for Journalism in particular. My memoir, Other People’s Country, was a finalist in the best non-fiction book category. When I wrote it, I thought it was a memoir about living and working on a remote Aboriginal community in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. But some people thought it was journalism, others, history, and another group thought it was a book about Aboriginal health and community nursing. Versatile!

It has recently been reprinted and you can buy it here.It is also available on Amazon.

My list of nineteen book in 2019 is an odd assortment but also a challenge I’m looking forward to.  It would be fun if some readers of this blog took up a similar challenge also, and listed the books or categories of books they plan to read in 2019. Here’s the link to the Australian Women Writers Challenge sign up page.

14 replies on “Nineteen books in 2019 challenge”

  1. This is a good idea, choosing to name the categories! I always put up a list of actual books and then have to sheepishly admit that I didn’t read them all. I look forward to reading your reviews.

    1. Thanks, Emily. I’ve done it before and some amazing reads have crossed my path. Looking forward to reviewing again.

    1. Very funny, Christina! Of course you are the top of my list, early in February. I am dying to read your book. Not sure that I’m always orderly, life seems to be handing out curved balls lately. Hard to make sense or order of them.

  2. Wow! I like the idea of categories. I’ll probably have a mix of titles, categories and events for my pile. A great blog post idea, too!

    1. It feels right, seeing I haven’t read seriously for such a long time, Susan. And if felt like fun to work out what sorts of books might appeal this year. Some old favourites, though, as you’d expect.

    1. Yes, quite a lot, Sue. But I plan to cut down a bit on the volunteer work I do and that will make a whole day more in the week to read.
      I’m looking forward to it especially as I’ve always been such an avid reader.

  3. What a great list! You’ve thought of categories I wouldn’t have considered, such as a book from the ATAR literature list – such a good idea.
    Happy reading in 2019

    1. I love choosing reading this way, Fiona. It means I keep on reading more widely. It’s too easy for me to read the same author or the same genre an being lazy! I have had more hits on blogs about books on reading lists than any other category on my website. And they seem to keep going. There have been a couple of blogs about social issues that keep being revisited, as well, like one about child abuse.

  4. I’m glad you are re-committing to the AWW challenge this year Maureen. Thanks,

    I like your plan for 2019. It looks like a Reading Bingo – I rather like those, particularly if I can create my own. I hope you identify in your reviews which of these categories the book meets. Good luck, anyhow, with your goals.

    1. Thanks for your comment and your good wishes, Sue. My grab-bag of a reading list resulted from not reading for a long time, and not trying to keep up with reviews and new releases. I enjoy being part of the AWW challenge, and look forward to being part of it. Identifying reviews which fit each category seems like a good idea, that I wouldn’t have thought of, so thank you for that suggestion.

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