Y’all, 2017 is a wrap! I think I had a good reading year. I read 87 books total, and I’m hoping to do more, both with my reading and this blog. On this note, here’s my bookish goals for 2018. 😀
Re-read one book a month
So me and re-reading are acquaintances, at best. Generally, reading a favorite book again produces slight anxiety for me because I’m always afraid that the book won’t give me the same feels. Yet in 2017, I managed to revisit about six books: Passing for Black by Linda Villarosa; Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh; Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume; Wet Moon, Volume 1 by Sophie Campbell; Jem and the Holograms (Vol. 1) by Kelly Thompson; and A Deeper Love by Shonia Brown. Most were as good as I remembered, with the exception of Are You There God (nostalgia is such a tricky thing). So this gives me hope that the book magic will be still there in my monthly re-reads in 2018.
Read five previously reviewed Sistahs on the Shelf (#SOTS) books
Speaking of re-reads, I especially want to return to the books from my long-time blog, Sistahs on the Shelf, and write “Rewind Reviews” on titles that I read ages ago. I haven’t discovered too many new-to-me black lesbian authors as of late, so why not take a trip back to the books that I began my website with.
Read one new #SOTS book a month
I would also like to discover and read a new-to-me #SOTS book a month.
Balance own books vs. library at 50/50
In 2017, my balance of #readmyowndamnbooks vs. the library was about an even split. I’m happy that I used my library (and so was my wallet), because it allowed me to read all the new books and backlist books that I wasn’t sure about. Now I want to tackle more of my unread physical books that are all over my house, the ones I was so excited about once upon a time.
Read one #readingblackout book a month
Denise D. Cooper from ArtBooksLive is hosting a year-long reading challenge to read books by African-American authors only in 2018. This is a really easy one for me to do, but I would like to read two #readingblackout books a month, particularly ones that have been on my shelves for a while. I’m also contemplating a month of #blackout reads.
Keep up with monthly book themes
Last year, I loosely challenged myself to read books based on a monthly theme, and it really worked for me. It’s how I managed to read a bunch of memoirs in April (Faith Evans’ Keeping the Faith was my favorite) and created my own #MaupinMay, where I read 6 out of 9 books in the Tales of the City series by Armistead Maupin. I want to do it again, also loosely, without a lot of planning.
Do the 2018 PopSugar Reading Challenge (and finally finish all challenges)
For the past three years, I’ve done the PopSugar Reading Challenge, and every year I get closer to finishing it; I completed 77% of the goals this year. It’s really just a fun way to challenge myself, and read books out of my comfort zone. I also love to make and track lists (it’s the nerd in me ☺️). Here’s hoping in 2018 that I finish the whole list.
Complete the 2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge
I’ve set my Goodreads Reading Challenge to 50 books, which is the same number I’ve accomplished since 2014. It’s doable, and is a good marker for me.
Stop worrying about page counts
I’ve always wanted my yearly page count to average around 300 pages. In 2017, I came close to this target at 263. I was doing this goal mostly to ensure I was reading longer books, which I tend to shy away from. Next year, though, I not sure if I want to track this number so closely. I just want to read what I want to read, even if the book is only 100 pages (and it’s good).
Read 5 classics
Okay, this is a goal I make every year, and fail at miserably. (Jane Eyre has been in my currently-reading queue on Goodreads since 2016. 😧) That’s why I’m challenging myself to only five classics this year; if I do more, that’s great. I’ve been eyeing Jane Eyre (I’m going to finish it!), Pride and Prejudice, My Antonia, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (since I loved her Joy in the Morning so much last summer), and a re-read of Wuthering Heights so far.
Read 5 novels featuring black gay men
My reading has been so women-centered lately, and I miss reading fiction about black gay men, mostly in the vein of E. Lynn Harris, James Earl Hardy and Stanley Bennett Clay. There’s quite a few of these books in my library that I’ve been neglecting, so I want to get those read. Fiction by black gay male authors has always had a special place in my heart.
Year of an author
I want to select one author’s catalog to read from start to finish. I almost did it in 2017 with Armistead Maupin (only have 2 books left). I haven’t decided on an author yet, but I’ve narrowed it down to Gloria Naylor, Benilde Little, Terry McMillan, and E. Lynn Harris. Accomplishing this will mostly be re-reads for me, since they are a few of my all-time favorite authors. If you have any other suggestions let me know.
Publish a blog post weekly
Okay, so this will be the hardest challenge, but it’s something I really want to do at least once a week. I’m feeling motivated to write, and the only way to make writing a habit is to do it as often as I can. I also want to do more personal posts, and I can’t wait to get started.
What are your new year’s reading resolutions for 2018? Any thing you want to do better or not worry about this year?