2016 Quarterly Check-In #1

I’m a little late with this, but whatever! The only thing I’ve been vaguely aware of is that, so far, my reading has been very pale… But also very female-led! I haven’t really directly paid much attention to any of my reading goals yet this year, but I’m still not doing too bad. Cool.

Goodreads challenge: 75 books

So far I’m ahead of schedule at 25 books, but this is slowing down and I haven’t even started the longer books I wanted to start…

My resolutions:

  1. Read at least 50 75 books on track
  2. Read at least 15 books from my TBR on track
  3. Read at least 50% women authors on track
  4. Read at least 35% authors of colour on track
  5. Read at least 25% translated works on track
  6. Read at least 15 non-fiction works 2/15
  7. Read at least 1 book by a South American author [done: The Alchemist]
    1. ADDENDUM: 15 books from around the world 6/15
  8. Read at least 3 books by or about someone with a difference (physical or mental) !!
  9. Read at least 3 books by or about someone who identifies as LGBTQ+ 1/3
  10. Finish a series for the first time ever in my life!!! (What will it be? Harry Potter? Lord of the Rings? The Raven Cycle? A Series of Unfortunate Events??) [done: Harry Potter]
  11. Read at least 1 book over 500 pages???? (maybe?) !!

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I’ve read a whopping 72% female authors (my end of year goal is 50%, so lookin’ good!) with 28% male and 0% “other” (either both male and female creators or unknown, but authors who identify as neither would fit in this category too). I have read 28% authors of colour which is behind my goal of 35%.

20% of my reading has been translated works. I generally don’t make any effort in this area, but I like to keep track of it anyway. If my reading starts getting kind of stale, it sometimes coincides with the number of translated works stagnating. It can be really refreshing and captivating to read some non-anglophone perspectives.

The amount of books I read from my TBR makes up 32%(!) of my reading so far or 8 books. My goal for the year is to read 15 books from my TBR…I’ll likely increase this later.

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

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I actually quite liked the “10-10-10-10” challenge I did last year, but have just pulled these two sections from it. I like taking note of where I’m reading from and noting my non-fiction reads just remind me to plumb some books for facts instead of just organisations’ websites and random articles.

FIFTEEN Works of Fiction from Around the World*:

  1. The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly: A Novel by Sun-mi Hwang [South Korea]
  2. Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor [Nigeria]
  3. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor [Nigeria]
  4. The Moomins and the Great Flood(The Moomins, #1) by Tove Jansson [Finland]
  5. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho [Brazil]
  6. The Fat Years by Chan Koonchung [China]

*Excludes: UK & Republic of Ireland, North America (unless native), Australia & New Zealand (unless native), ancient Greece and Rome…you get the picture.

FIFTEEN Non-Fiction Books:

  1. Take It as a Compliment by Maria Stoian
  2. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings(Maya Angelou’s Autobiography, #1) by Maya Angelou

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My favourite book this quarter has been…
Grief Is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter.


Have you made any reading goals (casual or official)?

What have been your bookish highlights so far?

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