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2019 Reading Goals and the Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

Greetings, my children.

It’s that time of the year again (very late I might add) for me to set myself some reading goals and embark on my next reading challenge. As the most unsurprising person ever… I am taking part in the Alphabet Soup Reading challenge for the third year in a row (maybe this time I’ll actually complete it). I’m kind of madly in love with this challenge because it gives me the flexibility I want without setting myself limits, although some of those letters are forever tricky to cross off.

Click the below links to check out my previous years’ progress:
Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge 2018
Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge 2017
  • Read a minimum of 50 books: The goal that never changes. Between work and adulting there’s not always a lot of time to read especially not as much as I’d like so I always keep my minimum goal to 50. That’s pretty much a book a week with a little time to spare. Once I hit 50 I always enjoy seeing how far over that goal I can go.
  • Read the books on my must-read shelf first: I have a bad habit of dithering through my tbr, never sure of what I want to read next and just adding books/requesting ARCs for the sake of it. Late last year I decided to split my tbr into “want to read” and you guessed it “must read”. Unless I desperately need to read something it might just end up sitting on my “want to read” shelf, collecting dust.
  • Write reviews for at least half of what I read in 2019: I am the absolute worst when it comes to putting my thoughts to paper (or in this case screen) about the books I’ve just read. The worst. I’ve found that I absolutely love and prefer the ‘mini review’ which I’ll include in monthly wrap-ups. Longer reviews I’ll save (and hopefully write) for any ARCs I read over 2019.
  • Read a minimum of 5 Classics/Gothic/Fantasy/Thriller/Horror/Historical novels: If there’s one thing I hate, it’s sticking to one genre and reading nothing else. I get bogged down in the repetitive storylines and copy-cat characters but maybe I’m just reading books that are too similar to each other, I don’t know? Reading as widely as possible makes things a little more interesting. Major props to anyone that can read nothing but one genre. I don’t know how y’all do it but it’s some type of magic.
Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge: A recap of the rules
Hosted by Escape with Dollycas

Read one book that has its title starting with a letter of the alphabet. That’s 26 books. A’s and The’s can be dropped from the beginning of titles. The first main word needs to be the letter you are counting, except for Q, X AND Z titles then the word that starts with the challenge letter can be anywhere in the title.

Betrayal by Harold Pinter, rated 4 stars. Read March.
Connections in Death by J.D. Robb, rated 4 stars. Read March.
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King, rated 5 stars. Read July.
Enchantee by Gita Trelease, rated 3 stars. Read April.
Furies, The by Katie Lowe, rated 2 stars. Read May.
Glass Woman, The by Caroline Lea, rated 4 stars. Read April.
Hunting Party, The by Lucy Foley, rated 2 stars. Read January.
Last, The by Hanna Jameson, rated 4 stars. Read January.
Misery by Stephen King, rated 5 stars. Read March.
NOS4R2 by Joe Hill, rated 4 stars. Read June.
Outsider, The by Stephen King, rated 4 stars. Read May.
Priory of the Orange Tree, The by Samamtha Shannon, rated 4 stars. Read February.
Salem’s Lot by Stephen King, rated 5 stars. Read January.
Turn of the Key, The by Ruth Ware, rated 4 stars. Read July.
Witch of Willow Hall, The by Hester Fox, rated 2 stars. Read May.

Do you think you can read a book for each letter of the alphabet? Try it out. Create your own blog post or if you don’t own a blog, create a shelf on your goodreads account. 52 weeks. 26 books.

You’ve got this.
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