Happy first day of 2015, friends and fellow readers! Over the last few years as a book blogger, I’ve realized that I am not very good at keeping book-related goals. I start the year with great intentions, but inevitably fall to the siren song of reading whatever the heck I want. I’m sure you’ve all been there, right?
But isn’t going to stop me from setting a few goals for 2015 and trying my hand at a challenge I’ve failed miserably at in the past.
The 2015 TBR Challenge
Although I am not big on reading challenges, I think I have a decent shot at completing the 2015 TBR Pile Challenge, organized by Adam at Roof Beam Reader. I tried this challenge in 2012 and 2013 and failed both times — it seemed like as soon as I put a book on a challenge list, I became entirely uninterested in reading it.
While it’s entirely possible that will happen again in 2015, I’m a little more optimistic because my reading stats from 2014 show that I’m doing better at reading books from my own shelves. This is a trend I’m hoping will continue, especially with a reading challenge like this one.
The TBR Challenge asks you to focus on books that have been on your shelves for a least a year (published in 2013 or before). You pick a list of 12, plus two alternates, and commit to reading and reviewing them in 2015. Here’s my list:
- The Legend of Pradeep Mathew by Shehan Karunatilaka (2012) (fiction)
- Out by Natsuo Kirino (2003) (fiction)
- America’s Game by Michael MacCambridge (2005) (nonfiction)
- Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller (2001) (memoir)
- The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara (2013) (fiction)
- Duplex by Kathryn Davis (2013) (fiction)
- The Rook by Daniel O’Malley (2012) (fiction)
- This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett (2013) (essays)
- An Astronaut’s Guide to Love on Earth by Col. Chris Hadfield (2013) (memoir)
- Embassytown by China Miéville (2011) (fiction)
- Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2013) (fiction)
- The Translator by Daoud Hari (2008) (memoir)
- Never the Hope Itself by Gerry Hadden (2011) (nonfiction)
- Safe from the Sea by Peter Geye (2010) (fiction)
I’m excited about this list for a lot of reasons. It has a nice balance of male and female authors, a mix of fiction and nonfiction, and includes several authors of color. I’m hoping that a diverse list, in many different respects, will mean that I have a book for every type of mood.
Other Bookish and Blogging Goals
I’ve mentioned a couple of times that one of my goals for 2015 is to read more diversely. I decided to put that in writing: I want 25 percent of the books I read this year to be written by authors of color. That’s not a ton, but it will be a jump for me.
I also would like to get my entire library cataloged in LibraryThing. I got this partially done in 2014, but I want to make it a priority in 2015.
Other than that, I hope 2015 is a year of free and fun reading, filled with great books and even better bookish conversations.
What books are you hoping to read in 2015?