Last post of 2014: Book Goals

I had this great post all written up…except it got ranty. Not on other people, just on myself. Let’s see if I can fix that.

I decided to throw away my total number reading goal for 2015. I would rather read more diversely. I read a total of 275 books and only 11% were by POC. I know I can do better. If you’re one of those who says “I don’t look at the authors, just at what sounds good,” I’m going to have to direct you to another book blog. I’m not your girl and I don’t feel like arguing why I am choosing to broaden my horizons. Book Riot does a great job of arguing the point far better than I.

Of the 275 books, 67% were female so that makes me pretty happy and 24% of those were new to me authors.  I don’t have the numbers of how many were not either from the US or the UK, but I know I can definitely do better.

To help, I’m doing the Book Riot Read Harder challenge. I’m trying to add another layer on some of the categories by making sure the book is not only, say a book of poetry, but also by a POC. I also am trying to add in books I already own or have instant access through e.g. my Oyster subscription. I’m looking at two bookcase of TBRs and my Kobo/Kindle apps.

I’m also doing a few other challenges through a book group on Goodreads. I also want to read things I usually wouldn’t. I need to do less rereading this year, saving a few favorites for serious book slumps (The Night Circus I’m looking at you. Also Bad Feminist and The Queen of the Tearling).

I did pretty good keeping up with the new releases I was seriously interested in, but there are some backlists I’d like to explore, namely Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s. I read The Mistress of Spices this month and fell in love with her writing.

Are you doing a reading goal next year? It can be a total books read, total pages, more diversely? More nonfiction? More romance?

 

Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage

Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: Stories

For my inaugural July Exploration, I jumped into Alice Munro’s Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage which I found to be fitting for a day that I didn’t have the attention span for a longform story (I’m looking at you, Wolf Hall). This was the first time I’ve sampled Alice Munro and was delighted. The stories are a bit sad, but how else would we know joy?

I am hard pressed to pick my favorite story from the collection.It’s often said we can easily remember the beginnings of things and the ends, but the middle is a bit hazy. I find that pretty appropriate here. The first story, from which the collection takes its title was sad, but rewarding at the end. How a teenager’s prank could have gone horrible wrong, but ended up working out for the parties involved. The last story The Bear Came Over the Mountain about a man and his wife who has Alzheimer’s was the same. Sad, but there was some compassion there.

Next I think I’m finishing Gaiman’s Smoke and Mirrors. Unless I don’t.

Book Goals: The Immortal Crown

*Book Goals is where I give some brief thoughts on the books I’m reading for the year. It will not be including my rereads on the most part. These are not full reviews, just random thoughts and feelings about each book.

 

The Immortal Crown (Age of X, #2)

I am a sucker for books that deal with mythology and this one was no different. I’d read the first book in the series, Gameboard of the Gods last year and while I enjoyed it, this one is so much better. More dealings with the various pantheons. Mead did a good job of tying up some loose ends while still leaving you questions for the next book. She’s not letting all these plots get out of control. And I love that Mae is the physical one and Justin the more intellectual. Not that Mae’s not intellectual, but it tends to run in these kinds of books that the MAN is all macho and is worried about the little woman getting hurt whereas in this series, Justin is fully aware that Mae is stronger than him and is more than happy with her dealing with the baddies.

There was bit of real world meets fiction when Justin and Mae get into Arcadia where women are treated as second class citizens. It eerily resonated all too well on a day like today with the SCOTUS ruling.

I eagerly await the next installment of the series.

 

Book Goals: Sixth Grave on the Edge

*Book Goals is where I give some brief thoughts on the books I’m reading for the year. It will not be including my rereads on the most part. These are not full reviews, just random thoughts and feelings about each book.

Sixth Grave on the Edge (Charley Davidson, #6)

This is a weird series for me. I find it lacks the darkness of some of the other series, but makes up for it in smart assery (yep) and fun. It’s the Urban Fantasy better version of Stephanie Plum. Charley is as goofy as Stephanie Plum, but where SP just comes off completely inept, Charley might stumble, but she generally knows what she’s doing. This latest installment tied up a loose end or two, then unraveled a few more. The author has stated on her Facebook that the series is ongoing and she has planned up to #10. With that in mind, it makes me wonder her timeline due to the ending of this book (no, I won’t spoil it). Curiouser and curiouser.