I did not set a reading goal for 2015; I was too busy trying to finish my dissertation. Now that I’ve graduated, I’ve decided to set a goal of reading 30 books this year. I’ve shifted my reading and writing goals from the academic to the secular, and I’m actually pretty excited about reading for pleasure, without the guilt that always plagued me when I read between writing dissertation chapters or other academic writing.
Short fiction is my priority, although I suspect I’ll read lots of fiction as well. I’ve already purchased Mecca Jamilah Sullivan’s Blue Talk and Love, and I’m looking forward to experiencing her vision of Black queer love. On the recommendation of Just Tabs, I purchased Under the Undula Tree, and I’ll start that as soon as I finish Happiness, Like Water, also by Chinelo Okparanta. I think I purchased 25 or 30 novels in 2015, and I haven’t read any of them. They’ll be added to the TBR list for this year.
I’ll share my thoughts on what I read with all of you. Be warned: I read some of everything! Sci-fi, literary fiction, LGBT fiction, memoir, you name it, it’s probably on a shelf in my house or on my iPad. Right now I’m anxiously awaiting the release of the third book in The Passage Trilogy by Justin Cronin, and I also just picked up The Turner House by Angela Flournoy and A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James. I’ve committed to reading them all this year.
Have you set a reading goal for this year? What is it? Please share and keep me posted on your progress