2015 reading plans

It’s January any everyone’s talking plans and goals for the new year! I don’t usually form coherent new year’s plans myself, but there are a couple of reading challenges I’m going to go for, or at least use for inspiration.

Firstly, there’s the Goodreads 2015 challenge. In 2014 I initially set a goal of 50 books, but upped it midyear to 70, which I met with 72 books! I’ve decided to stick with a 70 book goal for this year, as I want to read more diversely and deeply rather than just more. I would like to review more books this year and to participate in the conversation about the stories and genres I read. I’ve been paying more attention to the reading/writing community and news in the past year or two, and I want to speak up about my own opinions. I also hope that writing reviews will help me become a more educated and thoughtful reader. I enjoy writing reviews!

2015 Reading Challenge

2015 Reading Challenge
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I saw Sharre share the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge, and I think I’d like to follow along with it also. I’m not going to be strict and try and list a separate book for each category, etc, but I do want to try and read things that fit these criteria, and also to participate in the discussion that goes with the challenge. Here are my initial thoughts.

 

  1. A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25
    • ??? I don’t really pay attention to author ages, I guess. I could re-read Obernewtyn, or give Eragon another try.
  2. A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65
    • I’ve been meaning to read more of Ursula Le Guin’s recent books
  3. A collection of short stories (either by one person or an anthology by many people)
    • Do magazine issues count? I’m in the middle of one of Uncanny and one of Lightspeed at the moment. I also have several in the to-read pile, probably Long Hidden will be next.
  4. A book published by an indie press
    • Too easy. I have a few books from Twelve Planets Press on my to-read list, for example. Long Hidden also qualifies. Does self-published count? Because if T. Kingfisher publishes anything this year, I will be reading it the week of release!
  5. A book by or about someone that identifies as LGBTQ
    • I’m not sure off the top of my head if any authors currently on my to-read list qualify, but there are quite a few LGBTQ authors on my radar that I’ve been meaning to investigate
  6. A book by a person whose gender is different from your own
    • Ha, the majority of books I read in the last two years were by women so maybe it is time to read a bit more widely… but since there are already several male-authored books on my to-read list I might also try to read something by a nonbinary or genderqueer author.
  7. A book that takes place in Asia
    • I can’t think of any in my immediate to-read list off the top of my head… wait, I do have some Asian space opera I want to read, but that might be stretching it a bit! I also have been wanting to read some Chinese classics, see #19.
  8. A book by an author from Africa
    • Currently reading: Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor (Nigerian/American). Second novel I’m reading in 2015 J
  9. A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture (Native Americans, Aboriginals, etc.)
    • Oooh I’ve been meaning to read some Indigenous (Australian) books… Anita Heiss is the first one who comes to mind, but I do want to look for something in my more usual genres.
  10. A microhistory
    • ??? I had to look up what was meant by this one! Interesting, I will have to look through some of the goodreads lists etc.
  11. A YA novel
    • No doubt there will be several. First one on the list I can think of is This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
  12. A sci-fi novel
    • Currently reading: Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor. A good bit of what I read this year will be sci-fi, I’m sure!
  13. A romance novel
    • Well, I’m up to book 3 of the Outlander series, so I’m sure that counts!
  14. A National Book Award, Man Booker Prize or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade
    • I don’t follow these awards, so I’ll have to look up the lists
  15. A book that is a retelling of a classic story (fairytale, Shakespearian play, classic novel, etc.)
    • I read fairytale retellings pretty frequently so no problem here
  16. An audiobook
    • Do radio dramas count? Currently listening to BBC Radio’s Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. I also listen to a lot of podcasted short stories.
  17. A collection of poetry
    • The Honey Month by Amal El-Mohtar. I’ve been meaning to read more poetry, and this book is top of the list.
  18. A book that someone else has recommended to you
    • Recommend me things!
  19. A book that was originally published in another language
    • Ooh interesting. Les Miserables is on the list but I don’t know if I’m ready for that one yet. There are some other French classics I want to read. I’ve also been wanting to read some Chinese classics and legends, like Monkey.
  20. A graphic novel, a graphic memoir or a collection of comics of any kind (Hi, have you met Panels?)
    • So many to choose from! I really want to read Saga, I’ve heard so many good things. I’ve also got a few webcomics I need to check out.
  21. A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure (Read, and then realize that good entertainment is nothing to feel guilty over)
    • Outlander?
  22. A book published before 1850
    • Some of the classics for #19, I guess.
  23. A book published this year
    • So many I’m looking forward to! The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin, Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie, and The Long Utopia by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter are the first that spring to mind.
  24. A self-improvement book (can be traditionally or non-traditionally considered “self-improvement”)
    • ???

Also via Sharre is the We Need Diverse Books #WNDBResolution, in which you pick a goal number of how many diverse books you’re going to read this year. I’ve been really focusing on reading books by women and books not written by authors from the USA and UK in the past two years, so this year I want to focus on LGBTQIA authors and characters, and continue reading books with settings and authors from more and more places, cultures, and identities in general. I’ve chosen 15 as my goal for this. I feel that may be a bit conservative, but I’m not really sure at the moment how to define a diverse book for this challenge. I will come back to this later.

I pledge to read 15 diverse books in 2015

I’m thinking of doing a quarterly or maybe even monthly reading update – what I’ve reviewed, what my challenge progress is, any interesting bookish thoughts and news. Blogging is (yet again) another loose goal for the year, can you tell? :) Do you have any other suggestions for how to keep improving skills as a reader and keep on reading wider and more diversely?

 

 

 

3 thoughts on “2015 reading plans

  1. Yay. I choose those challenges because I want to be more thoughtful about what I am reading. For the Under 25, I read the poetry Anthology Time You Let Me In because I had heard good things about it. For self-improvement I am reading Procrastination, a book that has been sitting on myself for 7 years unread. I think it is kind of apt :)

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