In 2017, I promised myself: realistic and achievable reading goals. I started small, but of course I spiraled out of control once the end of January rolled around, because I'm weak. These were my final goals (100%, no more goals, I am at Max Reading Goals, and I'm gonna stick to it because I know Ira and Jenny will give me Looks):
- Read 110 items.
- Read 30 new women writers.
- Read 10 nonfiction titles.
- Space Opera Challenge: read 15 titles.
- Read 10 books I own purchased before January 1, 2017.
- Read 5% of my anticipated 2017 titles.
Read 110 itemsAccording to Goodreads, I'm at 74/110, or 67%. That's pretty boss for it being May. This is largely because of my One Piece readalong. I'm reading the omnibus collections that compile three volumes in one. I'm only reading one volume at a time, because it's hard to do recaps/context on the massive collections—too much happens. But even without One Piece, I would still have 47/110, which is nothing to sneeze at this early in the year. Honestly, reading anything is good, any point in the year. We're busy people. Celebrate all your books! /disclaimer
Read 30 new women writersI did this last year with a much higher goal: 100 (which I later changed to 50 after assessing my time). This year I decided to give myself a break (YES I KNOW) and set the goal at 30. I'm at 15/30, which I was shocked by when I confirmed my stats. It's not even June yet and I'm halfway done with this goal. SELF HIGH FIVE. The secondary part of this goal is to focus on women of color, and that's going well, too. My biggest problem with this challenge is that I keep discovering women writers I like, but they've written deep series and I'm tempted dive in for weeks at a time. On the plus side, now that I realize I'm actually ahead on this goal I can indulge in some of those series. ♥
Read 10 nonfiction titlesI got serious about my sleep hygiene again and started my habit of reading nonfiction for an hour each night before bed. Turns out, that means that the pages add up quick. My goal was for 10 and I have read 10! This goal is complete. I only DNFed one book after reading half of it. I'm amazed at myself. It's May. I'll still be reading nonfiction; maybe this year I'll get to have a legit Favorite Nonfiction section in my end of year wrap up.
Space Opera Challenge: read 15 titlesAlas, this is a goal where I fell down. I'm at 4/15. But! All is not lost. There are some other great space operas coming out later this year and I have several on my shelf, too. I can do it! \o/
Read 10 books I own purchased before January 1, 2017...oops. 1/10, which is a shameful showing. I did this challenge specifically because I was caught up in the newness bug, the hype machine, the publicity gauntlet—whatever you call it, I was trapped. And I still am! I have the data the prove it on my TBR list. After I finish my last three library books (two in a series, one nonfiction), I'm switching over to my own titles. I'm aiming for improvement at mid-year.
Read 5% of my anticipated 2017 titlesThis one is a goal I can't really assess until December, because the total number of books will go up over the year. I count "anticipated titles" as books I've included in a list of upcoming titles, talking about how EXCITED I am. There's no way I'm not doing more anticipated books posts in the summer/fall! I'M A SUCKER. I'm at 5/38 so far, although I DNFed one of them. Not bad considering my eyes are bigger than my available free time.
2017 Q1: Favorite BooksMy highest rated books this quarter were all over the place. But they're all great. I'm already having an excellent literary year.
- Home by Nnedi Okorafor
- Everfair by Nisi Shawl
- You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson
- White Tears by Hari Kunzru
- Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson
- One Piece by Eiichirō Oda
- Six Wakes by Mur Laffery
- Space Battle Lunchtime by Natalie Riess
- The Lawrence Browne Affair by Cat Sebastian
- The Soldier's Scoundrel by Cat Sebastian
- Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
- Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
- The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
- A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner
- Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight
- Sunshine by Robin McKinley (reread)
- The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi
- The Tetris Effect by Dan Ackerman
- Revenger by Alastair Reynolds