Happy New Year! I don’t do resolutions – I think that if there’s something you want to change in your life you should do it no matter what the calendar says. But reading resolutions? Those I like. I’m going to read no matter what, so I may as well take a look at what’s going in my brain!
I’ve decided on a few changes compared with years past.
First – I’m determined to read more books by people of color. I got better towards the end of 2015 but there’s a long way to go.
Second – I’m not going to keep track of or worry about author gender. I read many more women than men – this is not a problem.
Third… actually, I think that’s it. So! What does it all boil down to? I’m glad you asked:
Goals a la 2016
- Have at least 20% of my reading be by an author who is a person of color or otherwise diverse (LGBTQ, people with disabilities, ethnic/religious minorities, etc.)
- Read from more library categories than last year
- Add at least ten titles to my ongoing Dewey list
- Add at least five titles to my ongoing 20th Century list
- Read at least one more book than last year
Library categories: The e-library lists genres or “subjects” for each book and I collect them as I read through the year. I had 31 in 2014 and 33 so far in 2015, split basically evenly between fiction and non-fiction categories.
Dewey list: It’ll probably take my whole life, but I’m trying to read a non-fiction book for each Dewey Decimal number. Currently I have 30 out of 99 divisions (groups of ten numbers) and 61 out of 908 individual sections.
20th Century list: Like the Dewey list, but for each year of the century. I’ve read 41 out of the 100 so far.
Clear as mud? There’s a lot of “at least”s but these are a bare minimum. Especially the diversity… 20% feels low, so I’m hoping I can blow that number out of the water. I’m also looking at a couple of reading challenges but haven’t settled on any particular one just yet.
What do you have planned for this year?