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?