I don’t know about you, but the new year seemed to really sneak up on me. All of a sudden it was the last week of December and and it was time for reflecting on the year and setting new goals for 2016.
I was talking to one of my coworkers about this, and she said that our unusually mild weather – we didn’t get significant snow until mid-December – really threw her off. It’s amazing how the weather can have such an effect on the feeling of time passing, especially in a place where I count on four seasons to get through the year.
Anyway, I decided better late than never on looking back at the few challenges/goals I set for 2015 and firmed up my reading plans for 2016.
Looking Back at 2015
The one year-long challenge I continue to try over and over again is the TBR Challenge. I signed up in 2015 and, despite my good intentions, failed pretty miserably. On the bright side, I read more books from that list (four!) than from any other year I’ve signed up and failed:
- The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara (2013) (fiction)
- The Rook by Daniel O’Malley (2012) (fiction)
- An Astronaut’s Guide to Love on Earth by Col. Chris Hadfield (2013) (memoir)
- Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2013) (fiction)
So, maybe call that one a draw? The host elected not to continue the challenge again this year, so I don’t have to worry about signing up and failing again!
In 2015 I also found myself casually participating in Book Riot’s Book Riot’s 2015 Read Harder Challenge. By my calculation, I managed to finish 19 of the 24 tasks for the year. The five I didn’t finish were a book written by someone when they were under the age of 25, a book written by someone when they were over the age of 65, a book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture, a collection of poetry and a book published before 1850. Not too shabby.
I mentioned my other big reading goal in my stats post earlier this week: I hoped that 25 percent of the books I read would be by authors of color, and I hit that goal by reading about 26 percent.
2016 Bookish and Blogging Goals
I try not to set too many restrictions or requirements on my reading because I, above all, want reading to be fun… when there get to be too many rules, it gets to be less fun and then I don’t want to read at all. That said, I do have a three little goals I want to keep in mind this year:
- I want to read more books by authors of color. My goal for 2016 is 30 percent authors of color. Just a note on this one: I know race is an extremely limited way of considering diversity, but focusing on that number drew me to a lot of great books in 2015 (and, I think, diversified my reading in other ways as well). I also want to think about other ways to diversify reading, but don’t have a solid plan on that.
- I’d like to take a stab at Book Riot’s 2016 Read Harder Challenge. The 2015 challenge was a lot of fun, and I think many of the categories this year will be fun.
- I want to Read My Own Damn Books. When I did my big office organization over the weekend, I had to double stack books on all of my unread books shelves. By the end of the year, I want all my unread books to fit, single stacked, on those shelve. And I want to set and follow some rules about buying new books. I don’t quite know what that means, still noodling, but I’ll think of something.
The one other project I’ll be blogging about a bit this year is One Little Word, my way of setting resolutions and intentions for the year. Lots of other bloggers do this, and it’s been fun to see posts popping up the last few weeks. I’m still trying to settle in on my word, but I’m hoping to post about it soon.
What reading or blogging goals have you set for 2016?