2016 Quarterly Check-In #3

I know we (every post-high-school human being) always say this, but the year sure does zoom by! I think it’s especially so when you make goals for yourself. I think school is filled with such an abundance of little goals–every day there are several class deadlines–but the older you get, the more those deadlines become much more important and much more anticlimactic and somehow that equates (for me) to a year that whizzes by. Anyway, on to the check-in (my last of this year before my yearly review)!

Goodreads challenge: 75 books

I’m slightly (2 books) ahead of my goal at 57 books, but I’ve already decided I’m not doing this goal again next year. My highest book goal in future is going to be 50 books. I like having a goal that challenges me, but I’m not going to pretend that my own arbitrary book goal isn’t making me constantly feel like I should always be consuming more knowledge hahaha

My resolutions:

  1. Read at least 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 8/15
  7. Read at least 1 book by a South American author [done: The Alchemist]
    • ADDENDUM: 15 books from around the world [done: 15/15]
  8. Read at least 3 books by or about someone with a difference (physical or mental) !?!
    • I guess I actually have actually completed this if you include boosk like The Vegetarian, We Have Always Lived in the Castle and The Haunting of Hill House whose protagonists have all been mentally unstable, but I want to be even stricter with myself in this area…(possibly leaning towards non-fiction more? We’ll see…)
  9. Read at least 3 books by or about someone who identifies as LGBTQ+ [done: 4/3]
  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 & Miss Pas Touche (en français!)]
  11. Read at least 1 book over 500 pages???? (maybe?) ! I’ve started East of Eden (203/714 pages in)

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Stats

I’ve read 58% female authors with 35% male and 7% “other” (either both male and female creators or unknown, but authors who identify as neither would fit in this category too). This has, disappointingly, taken a big down turn (from 71% at halfway through the year), but, without any difficulty or feeling of restrictiveness at all, this is still higher than I would have expected it’d be when I first set this goal. I have read 40% authors of colour which is still above my goal of 35%. I’m hoping to at least keep it there, if not get that even higher by the end of the year.

25% 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.
*An interesting situation was presented to me when I started trying to read books in French as well. They’re not translated because I’m reading them in their original French, but I kind of want to keep track of the books I read in the original language too. Maybe next year I will include a category for that.

The amount of books I read from my TBR makes up 35% of my reading so far or 15 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.

54% of my reading (31 books) 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*:

  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]
  7. Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto [Japan]
  8. At the Bottom of the River by Jamaica Kincaid [Antigua]
  9. The Art of War by Sun Tzu [China]
  10. The Vegetarian by Han Kang [South Korea]
  11. What Is Obscenity? By Rokudenashiko [Japan]
  12. Miss Pas Touche (tome 1-4) by Hubert & Kerascoët [France]
  13. The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami [Japan]
  14. Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra [Chile]
  15. Hug Me by Simona Ciraolo [Italy]

*Excludes: UK & Republic of Ireland, North America (unless Native), Australia & New Zealand (unless Native), as well as 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
  3. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  4. Suffragette: My Own Story by Emmeline Pankhurst
  5. How We Weep and Laugh at the Same Thing (Little Black Classics, #29) by Michel de Montaigne
  6. What is Obscenity?: The Story of a Good For Nothing Artist and her Pussy by Rokudenashiko
  7. Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History Without the Fairy-Tale Endings by Linda McRobbie Rodriguez
  8. Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Béa Johnson

Not doing terribly well with my non-fiction reading this year…Maybe it’ll pick up in the last quarter? hah We’ll see..!

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My favourite books this quarter have been…

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

What have been your bookish highlights so far?

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