2018 in Review and 2019 Goals

Books and Reading

My goal for 2018 was to read 32 books. 2017 was not a good reading year, but 2018 was much better. As of this writing, I read 45 books!

The following are books that I dumped:

  • Georgette Heyer mysteries – I read the one that I owned then I tried to read one more from the library, but gave up. I enjoyed Heyer’s Regency romances, but her mysteries were rather flat.
  • The Queen’s Fool by Philippa Gregory – I was already prepared to dump this, but I read the first prologue and some of the first chapter. I did not like it and skimming through a coupe of chapters.
  • Joy on Demand by Chade-Meng Tan – A book on meditation that I started and was then put on hold for months. I gave up and realized it didn’t grab me.

2019 Books and Reading Goals

  1. Read 42 books for 2019 – This was my old standard goal of 42 books. I think 50 would be pushing my luck. I want to go back to the old days of my youth when I did read 50+ books in a year, but I don’t think there are gurantees of it.
  2. Read more cookbooks – So many cookbooks, so little time.
  3. Read remaining 2018 New Yorker magazines – I received a promo subscription in 2017. I only have about five to read.


For 2018, I wanted to knit six projects. I finished three and am currently still work on my fourth. I am satisfied since my current project is a light sweater.

2019 Knitting Goals

  1. Finish three projects in 2019 including my current sweater
  2. Continue to not buy yarn – With the exception of travel (and even on my last few trips), I have not bought yarn in a couple years.


This year, I finally made kimchi. I continue to bake bread but always using the same recipe since sourdough is finnicky. I want to learn more recipes, but the most important is to keep baking bread.

Some ideas for 2019:

  1. Make stollen next Christmas
  2. Find another reliable sourdough bread recipe that works for my starter and me
  3. Cook and Bake from my cookbooks

Other Goals

I have many other small goals. I am continuing to work on writing more, meditation, and fitness. I have planned and booked a few races in the new year.

2 thoughts on “2018 in Review and 2019 Goals

  • Geoff W

    I think I knit 4 projects in Nov/Dec alone! (They were chunky simple knits – nothing like a sweater!)

    And I love that your New Yorker magazine are on there – I have a subscription to a similarly verbose magazine that I rarely ever read more than one article from but really should. Maybe I’ll make that a priority too!

    • athena (Post author)

      I will hopefully read the 7 New Yorkers I have left before end of 2019. Maybe in 2020, I’ll get another trial sub and start it all over again. Thanks for the comment!


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