I’ve changed this one (yet again) from 75 to 90. I think I’m still figuring out how I read when left unchecked. Right now I’m at 85/90 books so I may well try for 100. I don’t know yet…. Maybe not. We’ll see.
Again, my original goal was to read 40 books. I have read 36 novella-to-novel-length books, 7 plays/poetry collections, 20 graphic novels, 10 middle-grade books, 7 picture books and 6 short stories.
(If you’re counting at home, there are a few single issue comics and a comic short that I counted and reviewed on Goodreads but that are not included in my personal spreadsheet stats…)
So far I’ve read 42% female authors (pretty much the same as the previous quarter and 8% down from my goal) with 50% male and 8% “other” (either both male and female creators or unknown, but authors who identify as neither would fit in this category too). I have read 30% authors of colour which is dead on track with my goal, but I was doing slightly better in the last quarter.
22% of my reading has been translated works. Like I said before, I wasn’t actually paying much attention to this and have continued not paying attention to it, so I think I’m doing pretty well in this area for not even trying.
The amount of books from my TBR has gone up from last quarter to 28%.
58% of my reading has been free either from the library or friends or eARCs.
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*I chosen not to put any books in more than one category even if they fit more than one. Links all go to my reviews.
TEN Works of Fiction by Female Authors: EXCEEDED
- Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
- Wonder by RJ Palacio
- Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
- The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
- Come Close by Sappho
- Ariel by Sylvia Plath
- The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
- When Angels Speak of Love by bell hooks
- Liv Forever by Amy Talkington
- The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater
- Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater
TEN Works of Fiction from Around the World: On track!
- A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami [Asia]
- The Dhammapada by [anonymous] [Asia]
- Speaking of Śiva by [anonymous] [Asia]
- In the Miso Soup by Ryū Murakami [Asia]
- We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo [Africa]
- Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami [Asia]
- Out by Natsuo Kirino [Asia]
TEN Graphic Novels/Comics/Picture Books: SUPER EXCEEDED
- Saga vol 3 by Brian K Vaughan (author) & Fiona Staples (illustrator)
- Saga vol 4 by Brian K Vaughan (author) & Fiona Staples (illustrator)
- Red Sonja by Gail Simone (author) & Walter Geovanni (illustrator)
- Ms Marvel by G Willow Wilson (author) & Adrian Alphona (illustrator)
- Outcast, vol 1: A Darkness Surrounds Him by Robert Kirkman & Paul Azaceta (illustrator)
- Rat Queens, vol 1: Sass & Sorcery by Kurtis J Wiebe (author) & Roc Upchurch (illustrator)
- March: Book One by John Lewis (author), Andrew Aydin (author) & Nate Powell (illustrator)
- The Worrier’s Guide to Life by Gemma Correll (author/illustrator)
- Low by Rick Remender (author) & Greg Tocchini (illustrator)
- Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi (author/illustrator)
- Shadow Show: Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury by [various]
- Southern Cross #1 by Becky Cloonan (author) & Andy Belanger (illustrator)
- Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett (author) & Jon Klassen (illustrator)
- Mr Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown (author/illustrator)
- The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt (author) & Oliver Jeffers (illustrator)
- Akissi: Cat Invasion by Marguerite Abouet (author) & Mathieu Sapin (illustrator)
- Hug Machine by Scott Campbell
- A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School… by Davide Cali & Benjamin Chaud
- Goliath by Tom Gauld (author/illustrator)
- Vacancy by Jen Lee (author/illustrator)
- The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes (author/illustrator)
- Aya of Yop City (Aya vol 2) by Marguerite Abouet (author) & Mathieu Sapin (illustrator)
- Saga vol 5 by Brian K Vaughan (author) & Fiona Staples (illustrator)
- East of West vol 1 by Jonathan Hickman (author) & Nick Dragotta (illustrator)
- East of West vol 2 by Jonathan Hickman (author) & Nick Dragotta (illustrator)
- East of West vol 3 by Jonathan Hickman (author) & Nick Dragotta (illustrator)
- Southern Cross #2 by Becky Cloonan (author) & Andy Belanger
- Southern Cross #3 by Becky Cloonan (author) & Andy Belanger
TEN Non-Fiction Books: EXCEEDED
- Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
- Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood by bell hooks
- Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou
- Apology by Plato
- Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell
- Theory of Everything by Stephen Hawking
- Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
- Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
- The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels
- None of the Above by Rick Edwards
- The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus
- Without You, There Is No Us by Suki Kim
- Yes Please by Amy Poehler
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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!
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So far my favourite book this quarter has been Without You, There Is No Us by Suki Kim.
This year is just speeding by!