This is my first wrap-up post of 2021 and I’m realizing that I never really revisited my goals with the new year. I think I’m still happy with my goals for 2020, though as always the question is how to balance them. For now, I think my highest priority will be reading my own books. After I make more progress with that, I can pick up whatever books I want to meet my other goals.
I have read quite a lot so far this year – 9 books in January and the 11 I’ll list below this month. That’s keeping me on track to meet my goal of reading at least 120 books this year, although I consider that my least important goal.
- How to Walk Away
- The People We Hate at the Wedding
- Homo Deus
- Queen of Fashion
- The River of No Return
- Some Assembly Required
- Beowulf: A New Translation
- Detransition, Baby
- God Loves Haiti
- The Small Backs of Children
- The Lost Diary of M
Interestingly, my top post this past month was an older review of Golden Gulag, a book covering the fascinating topic of the California prison-industrial complex. Unfortunately, I found it dense and unpersuasive, but it gets good reviews on goodreads and people smarter than I have praised it, so it might be worth checking out other reviews.
- Write more in-depth reviews – Since I established this goal, I’ve not done a good job of measuring this. I need to keep it in mind more when writing!
- Write more discussion posts – I’ve not made this a priority this year, but I will try to do at least one discussion post next month.
- Read more deeply on specific topics – This is one of several goals mostly on hold as I read my own books.
- Read at least 40% nonfiction – Eight of the 20 of the books I’ve read have been nonfiction, so I’m just on track with this one!
- Write 3 posts a week – Done 3 out of 4 weeks last month – not too bad.
- Read my own damn books – This is what I’m mostly focusing on right now and I feel pretty good about my progress – 12 of 20 of the books I read were ones I owned. The exceptions were all for book clubs or author events.
- Read books by and about people from marginalized groups – I’d say 5 of the 20 books I read would could for this. I’d like to bump this percentage up a bit once I’m not so focused on reading my own books.
I don’t have any blogging events coming up, but I really enjoyed the first meeting of Roxane Gay’s book club and I can’t wait for the next one (coming up tonight!). She’s such a brilliant interviewer. I’m sure all the conversations she has with other authors will be pure gold.
I’ve also been participating in the Seasonal Reading Challenge on goodreads for the last three months. The tasks for the challenge help me pick a book to read from the many I own, when the possibilities can otherwise feel overwhelming.