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Reading goals in 2020

It has been a good couple of years for myself in the reading department. At the start of 2018 I made a decision to do at least some reading, from an actual book, every weekend. I wasn’t able to make every weekend in 2018 because I started a few weeks into January already, but I did manage the rest of the year. With that, I managed to cumulative about 28, depending on how you count bundled stories.

I have continued this trend into 2019 and am on pace to have a complete year of weekend reading. It’s going to come out to about 23 for the year, which is intentional. I wanted to slow down and split my overall available time a bit more between books and podcast consumption.

That brings us to 2020 though. For this upcoming new year, I wanted to see how documenting what books I have, and try to plot out which I want to try to consume. Below is the list of books I presently have at home, and none have been started yet. I need to make sure to leave room to accommodate any new books I may purchase. As many know, readers have two habits, reading books, and collecting books to eventually read.

  • A Dance With Dragons – George R.R. Martin
  • Aliens Steel Egg – John Shirley
  • An Absolutely Remarkable Thing – Hank Green
  • Anubis Gates – Tim Powers
  • Arcana – Musicians on Music – edited by John Zorn
  • Bedknob and Broomstick – Mary Norton
  • Better Than Life – Red Dwarf – Grant Naylor
  • Cinnamon and Gunpowder – Eli Brown
  • Complete Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Countdown to Lockdown – Mick Foley
  • Different Seasons – Stephen King
  • Doctor Sleep – Stephen King
  • Dracula – Bram Stoker
  • Everybody Writes – Ann Handley
  • Everything ( A Book about Manic Street Preachers ) – Simon Price
  • Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
  • Feed – Mira Grant
  • Free Culture – Lawrence Lessig
  • Furiously Happy – Jenny Lawson
  • Girl in a Band – Kim Gordon
  • Jeff Buckley – Dave Lory/Jim Irvin
  • Misery – Stephen King
  • Nightflyers and other stories – George R.R. Martin
  • No Cunning Plan – Tony Robinson
  • NOS4A2 – Joe Hill
  • Page Turner – Barbara Kyle
  • Pirate Cinema – Cory Doctorow
  • Pyrates – George MacDonald Fraser
  • Rowdy – Roddy Piper Story – Ariel Teal Toombs
  • Salem’s Lot – Stephen King
  • Self Help – Al Snow
  • Slaughterhouse 5 – Kurt Vonnegut
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes – Ray Bradbury
  • Take a nap, Change your life – Sara Mednick
  • The Armageddon Rag – George R.R. Martin
  • The Art of slow writing – Louise DeSalvo
  • The Complete Cthulhu Mythos Tales – H.P. Lovecraft
  • The Gunslinger – Stephen King
  • The Hike – Drew Magary
  • The Last Man – Mary Shelley
  • The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet – Becky Chambers
  • The Pirate Hunter – Richard Zacks
  • The Wizard of Oz (first 5 novels) – L. Frank Baum
  • The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones – George R.R. Martin
  • Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson

It’s definitely a daunting list, with at least three of the books also being collections of multiple stories. That said, the ones in bold are the ones I am presently eying. On the topic of Goodreads challenge, I think I will stick with 20 books again, and if I go above and beyond, awesome.

Looking at the resulting bolded list, it’s appearing that it’ll be a biographically heavy year.


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