Long Term Reading Projects

I don’t usually make TBRs because it feels too ridged. I don’t like feeling like reading is homework. ie. read pages 100-212 tonight and pages 213- 345 tomorrow. When I see page numbers written down I immediately rebel and want to read any book but the one listed. So short term reading goals often don’t work for me.

Long term reading goals are fun though. And with no real deadline it’s not worrisome for me if I don’t work on one for a month, or several, at a time.

Long term reading projects I have range from reading all of the books by a favorite author to reading all winners of the Newbery Award to reading a specific set of recommended books in a genre I enjoy.

The project I’ve been working on the longest is my goal to read all of the Newberry Award winning books all the way back to the beginning in 1922. I started this challenge in September 2017 and of the 97 books on the list I have read 9 so far. I was progressing in this challenge by ordering one book from the list from my library each month, but have fallen off the wagon a bit with this one.

The next challenge I started in about September too. That goal is to read every book written by Lois Lowry. I have read 13 of the 44 on the list so far and have fallen off this wagon as well after reading a few that I didn’t like so much. They weren’t bad, just not as good as The Giver quartet. Those are the books that made me want to read everything she has written.

The third goal is sitting at 2 out of 17 books written by Anne Lamott. I’ve read at least 3 or 4 of the others, but that was long ago and I plan to reread them.

The next challenge is a list of books about writing. Many of them rereads and others ones that I’ve meant to read for some time. I am sitting at 3 out of 15 read and another 1 started.

The other genre specific list of books are dystopian reads. I have a list of 38 dystopian books that I want to read. So far I have read 1 and that was The Stand by Stephen King.

I’m also hoping to read Fredrik Backman’s books (1/8) and all of Seanan McGuire’s books (3/37) though I think those lists are outdated.

I keep track of my long term reading goals in my bookish bullet journal with simple checkbox lists like these.


Do you have any long term reading goals? How do you keep track of your progress?

If you want to know the specific books on any of my lists let me know.

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