2015 Quarterly Check-In #2 (Nikki)

Let’s just hop to it!

Goodreads challenge

It currently says 67/75 books. Yes, I bumped it up again from 60 to 75 because it was inflated with comics, picture books and short stories which I don’t really include in my personal count. Remembering that my original goal (and still my personal goal I guess) was to read 40 books, I have read 25 average- or novella-sized books, 6 plays/poetry collections, 17 graphic novels, 6 children’s books, 6 picture books and 6 short stories.

If you’re counting at home, I’m pretty sure that missing ‘book’ was the graphic novel short that I counted on Goodreads but not in my personal spreadsheet…

So far I’ve read 43% female authors (pretty much the same as the previous quarter and 7% down from my goal) with 55% male and 2% “other” (either both male and female creators or unknown, but authors who identify as neither would fit in this category too). I have read 32% authors of colour (2% up from the previous quarter and right on track with my goals).

Now a whopping 23% of my reading has been translated works which is super impressive since I wasn’t even paying much attention to my translated books.

The amount of books from my TBR has gone down to 27%.

56% of my reading has been free either from the library or friends or eARCs.

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10-10-10-10 challenge (formerly a 10-10-10-5 challenge):

TEN Novels (as in not non-fiction) by Female Authors: Doin’ fine

  1. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  2. Wonder by RJ Palacio
  3. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  4. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  5. Come Close by Sappho
  6. Ariel by Sylvia Plath
  7. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
  8. When Angels Speak of Love by bell hooks

TEN Novels from Around the World: On track

  1. A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami [Asia]
  2. The Dhammapada by [anonymous] [Asia]
  3. Speaking of Śiva by [anonymous] [Asia]
  4. In the Miso Soup by Ryū Murakami [Asia]
  5. We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo [Africa]

TEN Graphic Novels/Comics/Picture Books: I totally busted this wide open. Why is it even a challenge category? The Nikki of yesteryear was confused when she thought this one up. I’m just going to stop counting these here now.

  1. Saga vol 3 by Brian K Vaughan (author) & Fiona Staples (illustrator)
  2. Saga vol 4 by Brian K Vaughan (author) & Fiona Staples (illustrator)
  3. Red Sonja by Gail Simone (author) & Walter Geovanni (illustrator)
  4. Ms Marvel by G Willow Wilson (author) & Adrian Alphona (illustrator)
  5. Outcast, vol 1: A Darkness Surrounds Him by Robert Kirkman & Paul Azaceta (illustrator)
  6. Rat Queens, vol 1: Sass & Sorcery by Kurtis J Wiebe (author) & Roc Upchurch (illustrator)
  7. March: Book One by John Lewis (author), Andrew Aydin (author) & Nate Powell (illustrator)
  8. The Worrier’s Guide to Life by Gemma Correll (author/illustrator)
  9. Low by Rick Remender (author) & Greg Tocchini (illustrator)
  10. Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi (author/illustrator)
  11. Shadow Show: Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury by [various]
  12. Southern Cross #1 by Becky Cloonan (author) & Andy Belanger (illustrator)
  13. Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett (author) & Jon Klassen (illustrator)
  14. Mr Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown (author/illustrator)
  15. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt (author) & Oliver Jeffers (illustrator)
  16. Akissi: Cat Invasion by Marguerite Abouet (author) & Mathieu Sapin (illustrator)
  17. Hug Machine by Scott Campbell
  18. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School… by Davide Cali & Benjamin Chaud
  19. Goliath by Tom Gauld (author/illustrator)
  20. Vacancy by Jen Lee (author/illustrator)

Five TEN Non-Fiction Books: Done and dusted 🙂

  1. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
  2. Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood by bell hooks
  3. Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou
  4. Apology by Plato
  5. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell
  6. Theory of Everything by Stephen Hawking
  7. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  8. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
  9. The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels
  10. None of the Above by Rick Edwards

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Somewhere along the way I decided to drop my 2015 Old & New Classics Challenge

It was making me feel lazy and uncomfortable with keeping myself in a certain kind of bubble that I naturally gravitate towards anyway. I felt guilty every time I thought to pick up something from this challenge knowing I was doing a disservice to my understanding of wider perspectives. And now that I’ve decisively dropped this challenge, I’ve picked up some more classics and my brain is totally happy about that because it works in mysterious ways.

To be fair, it could just be because this challenge was so restrictive in its specificity. It doesn’t work well for people like me. I need open categories, not pre-determined titles. Sheesh!

• • •

So far my favourite book this year has been The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker.

the golem and the jinni

Oh gosh. My heart is fluttering just thinking about it now.

And, just like that, this year is halfway gone and I’m just here crying about how old I’m getting… #QuarterLifeCrisis?

Are you on track for all your reading goals (however official or unofficial they might be)?

What’s your favourite book of the year so far?

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2 Responses to 2015 Quarterly Check-In #2 (Nikki)

  1. barefootmegz says:

    OOOOH I’m so glad that The Golem and the Jinni is your favourite! It’s SUCH an awesome book that I actually want to re-read it. Happy reading!

    • Nicole says:

      Yeah it’s just so magical! I’m probably going to buy the audiobook at some point. What have been your top 5 reads so far this year?

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