I’ve been slow this month to do anything and next month will be a crunch, but I’m just takin’ it easy. Expanding my reading horizons is still a really fun endeavour so I’m really happy about that! If you have any books to recommend me based on any of my goal, please let me know! 🙂
Goodreads challenge: 75 books
Looks like my reading has slowed down a little and, though I’m still on track (at 34 books), I don’t know how much longer I will be…! haha
- Read at least 75 books on track
- Read at least 15 books from my TBR on track
- Read at least 50% women authors on track
- Read at least 35% authors of colour on track
- Read at least 25% translated works on track
- Read at least 15 non-fiction works 4/15
- Read at least 1 book by a South American author [done: The Alchemist]
- ADDENDUM: 15 books from around the world 10/15
- Read at least 3 books by or about someone with a difference (physical or mental) !!
- Read at least 3 books by or about someone who identifies as LGBTQ+ 2/3
- 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]
- Read at least 1 book over 500 pages???? (maybe?) !!
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I’ve read 71% female authors with 29% 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 might try to aim for 75% with my female authors this year. It would be a big switch for me and I haven’t felt restricted in any way by the change so it’s actually been pretty exciting. I have read 38% authors of colour which is now above my goal of 35%. If I could get that to 40% by the end of the year, I’d feel good about that.
24% 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 11 books. My goal for the year is to read 15 books from my TBR so I guess I’m doing well, but so few of them have been books from my physical shelf so I might make an attempt to start prioritising those.
53% of my reading has been free either from the library (primarily) or friends or eARCs.
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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*:
- The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly: A Novel by Sun-mi Hwang [South Korea]
- Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor [Nigeria]
- Binti by Nnedi Okorafor [Nigeria]
- The Moomins and the Great Flood(The Moomins, #1) by Tove Jansson [Finland]
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho [Brazil]
- The Fat Years by Chan Koonchung [China]
- Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto [Japan]
- At the Bottom of the River by Jamaica Kincaid [Antigua]
- The Art of War by Sun Tzu [China]
- The Vegetarian by Han Kang [South Korea]
*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:
- Take It as a Compliment by Maria Stoian
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings(Maya Angelou’s Autobiography, #1) by Maya Angelou
- The Art of War by Sun Tzu
- Suffragette: My Own Story by Emmeline Pankhurst
I feel like I’d have usually read more non-fiction by at this point in the year. Hmm…
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