I am not a fan at all of New Year’s resolutions…nobody ever sticks to them. Ever. But I am a fan of looking back on what I accomplished the year before and setting a goal to either improve or maintain, and this year is no different.
Last year I participated in 2 reading challenges just to test myself, and feel pretty confident going into this year. According to Goodreads.com I read 174 books last year..wowza! Now that number is more than slightly skewed by my comic book addiction. I read A LOT of single issue comics and track them on Goodreads which adds to my books read count. According to the nifty spreadsheet I use to keep track of my reading I read closer to 50 novels, which would make my comic habit a whopping 124 single issues. I’ve debated myself and read a debate about whether or not to count comics on your Goodreads count, and I take a very laid back approach. Yeah, it skews my numbers on the site itself, but I am allll about me some data; it’s not getting lost by me. And reading comics is still reading; it counts.
Anyway, back to what’s important…this year. I set myself a goal this year of reading only 60 books on Goodreads for their 2016 Reading Challenge. I like my challenges with minimal pressure and I read for fun.
The second challenge I’m participating in this year is the Book Riot 2016 Read Harder Challenge. There are 24 tasks laid out by Book Riot and though they allow you to credit the same book to multiple tasks. Now, I’m not about to let it be that easy. I know I can surpass reading 24 different books in one year, so I’m setting out to complete each task with a different book.
Let’s look at the tasks and what book I plan to read for each one:
Read a horror book: The Troop by Nick Cutter
Read a nonfiction book about science: Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science by Alice Dreger
Read a collection of essays: The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson
Read a book out loud to someone else: I have a feeling the bf is not going to let me read to him…hmm more to think on. Does my dog count?
Read a middle grade novel: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
Read a biography (not memoir or autobiography): Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman by Jon Krakauer
Read a dystopian or post-apocalyptic novel: Legend by Marie Lu
Read a book originally published in the decade you were born: Geek Love: A Novel by Katherine Dunn
Listen to an audiobook that has won an Audie Award: The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars by Paul Collins
Read a book over 500 pages long: The Signature of All Things: A Novel by Elizabeth Gilbert
Read a book under 100 pages: The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
Read a book by or about a person that identifies as transgender: Jem and the Holograms Vol. 1 by Kelly Thompson and Sophie Campbell. Don’t judge me, this comic is amazing and so much fun. Sophie Campbell is the artist, not the writer, but that’s just as important to the success of the comic…I’m allowing it for myself.
Read a book that is set in the Middle East: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Read a book that is by an author from Southeast Asia: Sorcerer to the Crown: A Sorcerer Royal Novel by Zen Cho
Read a book of historical fiction set before 1900: Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
Read the first book in a series by a person of color: Imaro by Charles Saunders
Read a non-superhero comic that debuted in the last three years: Saga by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples. I can’t even over this comic, it’s that good. I even got my mom hooked on it!
Read a book that was adapted into a movie, then watch the movie: Only because I’ve already read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies… Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Debate which is better.
Read a nonfiction book about feminism or dealing with feminist themes: The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Read a book about religion (fiction or nonfiction): No God but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam by Reza Aslan. Given the current state of the world, this sounds like a good step toward educating myself.
Read a book about politics, in your country or another (fiction or nonfiction): The Second Amendment: A Biography by Michael Waldman. Again, pretty relevant reading.
Read a food memoir: Yes, Chef: A Memoir by Marcus Samuelsson
Read a play: Arcadia by Tom Stoppard
Read a book with a main character that has a mental illness: Where the Moon Isn’t: A Novel by Nathan Filer
Whew! That’s a long list. I make no promises to review all of these books on here, and will most likely change some of the selections as the year goes on depending on what I’m reading at the time.
What are your reading goals this year?