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New Year & New Challenges ….

Happy New Year World! Here’s wishing everyone a joyous, prosperous & peaceful 2019!

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I do not want to go yada-yada-yada about first blank page on the book of 365 days and such like, but I do think that trying to constantly improve and evolve oneself is a journey and whether, we embark on it on Day 1 of the year or or Day 198, really does matter, as long as we move forward with the journey! Now as most of you are aware, moving forward with a evolutionary journey for me especially involves reading and reading good books, that open the world to me, makes me think and generally and hopefully makes me become better! Thus, it is only natural that one of the things that I have planned for 2019, is to read more and read better and as a consequence write more and write better!

However, I am also aware that we should not aim so high that a fall is inevitable; dreaming is good, but it is equally important, to plan the steps to that will help you achieve the dream! Long and short of this meandering monologue is that while I really would want to read and read a lot more (in fact, I have set myself the target of 100 books this year, after spectacularly failing to meet the Reading Goal of 60 Books this year and in 2017 in GoodReads!) I also am expecting a continued heavy work load and now being a year older and wiser, unexpected thunderbolts from powers that be, that suddenly and completely disrupt life! Therefore, in the spirit of being ambitious, with a modicum of sense, I am signing up for only one challenge – The 2019 TBR Pile Challenge, hosted by Adam, over at Roof Beam Reader.

This challenge helped me immensely last year and while I was not able to read all the 12 books I had planned and listed, I still managed to read quite a lot and some of them were absolutely marvelous and enriching! Therefore, I continue the pursuit of excellence again this year and share with you the 12 Books for this challenge with the alternates –

  • January – The Moonspinners by Mary Stewart
  • February – Orely Farm by Anthony Trollope
  • March – Out of Africa by Karen Blixen
  • April – The End of History and The Last Man Standing by Francis Fuokuyama (I had this in last year’s challenge as well, but then gave up!)
  • May – The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne (Cleo, NEED HELP!!)
  • June –  A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
  • July – Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • August – Kim by Rudyard Kipling
  • September – Britannia Mews by Margery Sharp
  • October – Miss Hargreaves by Frank Baker
  • November – Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy
  • December – Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin

Alternates –

  1. And Quiet Flows The Don –  Mikhail Alexandrovich Sholokhov
  2. Alaska by James Michener

So that’s my list! I am hoping for a better record than last year, for sure, but even more importantly, I hope to read some enriching and engaging literature. What are your reading plans for this year or any other plans for that matter?

12 Comments Post a comment
  1. Mudpuddle #

    with all the stress at your workplace, it’s amazing you were able to read any books at all! i hope things ease up a bit this year and you are able to carve out some time to study the flowers and trees… good luck!

    January 1, 2019
    • That is one the best wishes ever! Thank You so much! I hope so too!!

      January 2, 2019
  2. So you went crazy with your Goodreads challenge and super-conservative with your blog challenges …. the opposite of me. I loved Out of Africa. I supposed I’ll try to contain myself until May for Tristram but I’ll have to see what the other possible read-alongers think. It’s probably a good idea with Moby Dick starting in February. I might join you for Wives and Daughters and Britannia Mews (which I actually own!!!) so please remind me. A great list! Happy reading for 2019!

    January 2, 2019
    • Hahahhaaa….yeah! I went crazy and then decided to be sane!!I am good with May for Tristram and I will for sure remind you about Wives and Daughters and Britannia Mews. Happy Reading Cleo!!

      January 2, 2019
  3. I see some books I loved in this list. And I have an unread copy of Orley Farm, so I may joking you for that one.

    January 2, 2019
    • oh! Jane! That would be lovely. I read in some essay that if you wanted to get a person to read Anthony Trollope, you must gift them Orley Farm. So I am super excited and with your company, it will become absolutely brilliant!

      January 2, 2019
  4. All the best for your 2019 reading! I saw Tristam Shandy at the thrift store today and almost bought it… but I resisted, as it scares me. 😛 However, I’m very likely to join you for Eugene Onegin in December!

    January 2, 2019
    • woohoo! please do Marian. I explicitly added it to the list based on your recommendation but I will need some help!

      January 2, 2019
  5. Oh Tristram Shandy! Love that book! Good luck reading your list and completing your lofty book goal of 100! Happy New Year!

    January 5, 2019
    • Thank You Stefanie! Wishing you an awesome and scintillating 2019!

      January 5, 2019

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