Back in October, shortly after finishing book #75, I shared an update on my 2017 reading. I was still working on the 2017 Read Harder challenge and planned to finish the year on a high note with more diversity in author (gender, nationality, POC) and genre. I finished the year with 93 books, but I did not finish the Read Harder challenge, nor did I end on a “diversity high note”.
|2017 books read shelved here|
|2017 Favorites shelved here|
Overall, these dozen books represent great reading … and I think they’re pretty diverse in terms of authors, topics and genres. I’m happy with that!
In terms of the goals I set for the year – 30% non-fiction and 50% borrowed – I didn’t do so well:
…and then there’s the Read Harder challenge. Short stories and comics are just not my thing. I finished Ms. Marvel (“comic with a female superhero”) on Monday (yep, already a day late for 2017) and I gave it one star. Here’s my review:
“I’m done with comics. I just don’t enjoy them. I love the illustrations in children’s books, but for anything else, I want my stories with words, not pictures.”
The 2018 Read Harder challenge has two more comics. On Monday, I decided not to participate. Yesterday, I finished What She Left Behind, the first selection for this year’s neighborhood bookclub. I gave it two stars. Gah, this is not a good start! Hopefully, the other books I’m currently reading will get me back on track
I’ve decided my only goal for 2018 is to buy fewer books. I have more than a year’s worth shelved already and my library is getting better about new releases. (thankfully, both Ms. Marvel and She Left Behind were borrowed.)
And because I’m curious, I’m also going to track book format (audio vs kindle vs real book).
We’ll still have Book Bingo this summer (with no squares for comics or short stores 😉). More on all of that come spring.
….whew another very long post. If you’re still reading, thank you for sticking with me! And do you have any recommendations on a book that would get me out of my early 2018 slump? please share!