Brand New Year: How’s Your Challenge Coming Along?

It’s a brand new year. Yes, I’m one of those odd people who like to set goals for the year and plan my year out.

So far, I have penciled in twenty-five classics that I hope to read in 2022. Last year I read twenty.

How about you? How are your Classic Club reads coming? Have you made a Classic Club book list for the year? Which books do you hope to read this year?

42 thoughts on “Brand New Year: How’s Your Challenge Coming Along?

  1. I’ll be finally finishing my first CC list in the next couple of months – nearly a year late, but in my defence I had ninety books on the list. I’ve prepared a more modest list of 80 for the next time and will be officially starting it as soon as list 1 is done and dusted… though I’m actually halfway through one of the books of it at the moment, Dombey and Son. Cheating, maybe, but in a good cause… 😉

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  2. Last year was year one of my second CC list, and I read 20 classics. I was hoping for 25, but am quite happy with that result. It was a lot of low-hanging fruit, though…I suspect I’ll have to read harder to make this year’s goal of 15.

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  3. I’ve just started my journey so my goal is to read anything on my list! I do hope to read at least one a month. I’m looking forward to the first spin of the year. 🙂

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  4. I’m too much of a mood reader, and I’m waaay behind on my list, so I think I’m going to have a plan, and even if I follow it somewhat, its better than nothing.

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  5. Thank you for showing your plan – my first list ends this summer and like Rose it’s full of chunksters. I realise I need to put in some planning with my next list, so your notebook page is good advice thank you!

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    1. I have had good luck recently getting through chunksters by reading a chapter-a-day. I always have multiple books in progress at once, so having a chunkster that I am only committing to reading one chapter of each day has allowed me to finish some long books without feeling like that is all I get to read.

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  6. My challenge ends in February 2023 so I need to buckle down and read the 18 books still on my list. I’m reading one right now- Wives and Daughters by Gaskell. I plan to use a mix of print and audiobooks to finish my list. 🤞

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  7. I select my next book based on what is available to me. If there is a choice I usually pick the shortest book. Unfortunately this means that most of the books left on my current list are chunksters!

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  8. Happy New Year to all!
    Yeah, I love planning, and charting, as you can see with my stats, with charts and pies:
    https://wordsandpeace.com/2022/01/05/year-of-reading-2021-part-2-statistics/
    As you can see, I read 91 classics in 2021, which is actually 55% of all the books I read! Quite happy with that.
    So for my 3rd Classics Club list (2020-2025), I’m at 98/137. I hope to be able to focus on my official 3rd list, with only 12/50 read so far: https://wordsandpeace.com/2020/11/18/the-classics-club-2020-2025/

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      1. Thanks Deb, though I need to be more disciplined and focus on the titles on my official list. Though I’m going to read quite a few Japanese classics and they are not on the list. I do have the excuse that I already read all the Japanese classics originally listed, lol

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  9. Aren’t you organized! How do your plans usually compare to the reality? I generally find I end up not reading what I said I would, or when … although I often find something else to fill in. At any rate, it’s fun to anticipate and you’ve got some great books on there.

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  10. I am like you – I need everything mapped and planned etc. But this I am taking a break from my planning me self vis-a-vis reading and instead I just plan to read anything that interests me and is enjoyable and hopefully a bit enriching as well.

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    1. Reading whatever interests you at the time is actually a liberating way to read. It’s a challenge to set a year’s worth of title and keep to it, though obviously doable. I gave up all my plans last year and instead pulled whatever off my shelf and read it. It was kind of nice.

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  11. I am the opposite of you! I look back at the year in December and see how many classics I have completed. But I’m still in the middle of the 5 year plan. I will be more strategic as I get closer to the end. I still managed 15 classics in 2021. LOL

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  12. Also, I have been leading the challenge Reading Thirkell’s Barsetshire Series in Order, and we would love more participants, even if you only read a few of the books. This month we are reading Before Lunch.

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      1. Thanks! We announced it this summer, but it doesn’t hurt to have a reminder. There is also another event announcement in the mail, which I put in your folder, from another member, I think.

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  13. I have read several of the classics from my new list, but because my reviews run about six months later than my reading, I haven’t posted any of them yet except the ones for the spins. Hope to pick up with that this year!

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