2008 was a pretty good year for me, in terms of the books I read. It wasn’t excellent, because I read some books that weren’t great, and I didn’t read as many books as I would have liked. But I have high hopes for 2009, and some goals to go along with those hopes.

I’m taking part in quite a few challenges this year, and I hope to finish all of them. Links below are to my posts for the challenges.

100+ Books Challenge: Hosted by J. Kaye, the point of this challenge is to read 100 or more books in a year (naturally). I only read 50 books in 2008, so this may be ambitious, but I think I can do it.

999 Challenge: This link is to my 999 Challenge thread on LT. This was the first challenge I signed up for to complete in 2009, and my willingness to tackle the 100 books challenge (not such a big leap from 81 to 100 books) stems from signing up for this. I’ll be reading 9 books in each of 9 different categories to complete this challenge, and though I have pre-set lists, I reserve the right to alter or change said lists at any time.

2009 Pub Challenge: This challenge is pretty straightforward: to read 9 books (for adults) published in 2009. This should be easy enough to accomplish, given that several authors I love have new books coming out this year.

2009 YA Challenge: Also hosted by J. Kaye, the goal of this challenge is to read 12 YA books in 2009. Again, this should be quite easy to accomplish. YA lit is easy and fun to read.

Winter Reading Challenge: For this challenge, I was to pick a number of books (of my own choosing) and read them during the three months classified as winter. I chose 25 books, so we’ll see how that works out for me.

Outlander Challenge: Diana Gabaldon’s newest Outlander book, An Echo in the Bone, is tentatively scheduled to be released later this year. So in anticipation of that, this challenge is to read or re-read this six books so far released in this series. I’ve read the first three but not the last three. So I’m going to start off by listening to the audio books of the first three, then I’ll read the last ones.

Countdown Challenge: This one looked really interesting and unique: “The goal of this challenge is to read the number of books first published in a given year that corresponds to the last digit of each year in the 2000s — 9 books from 2009, 8 books from 2008, etc.  The total number of books required, therefore, is 45.” I might go back and use some of the books I read in 2008 to fulfill this challenge, but for now, I’d prefer to try to do it based on my 2009 books.

2009 Overall Goals

  • 100 books
  • 30000 pages
  • 30 books from the 1001 Books list (1st or 2nd edition- doesn’t matter)
  • Reviews for all 100 books!

So there are my plans for 2009. Some of them are rather ambitious, others are nearly impossible. But I hope, either way, that you’ll be along for the ride.

What are your goals for the year?