BRL Quarterly Report #4

It’s that time again.  I can’t believe it’s already April!  Here’s what my reading looked like from January through March:

Books Read: 17

Fiction: 13 (including two graphic novels/comics)

Nonfiction: 4

Female/Male: 12/5

Authors of Color: 2

Audio Books: 2

Published in 2016: As my husband would say, “SQUADOOSH.”  (This means zero.)

Favorite Reads this Quarter:

  • Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison (my review here)
  • Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante
  • A Glass of Blessings by Barbara Pym (review here)

A couple things…  I began the year participating in the TBR Triple Dog Dare .  Even though I caved in mid-February, this accounts for no newly published books so far.  (However, currently I’m reading Samantha Hunt’s Mr. Splitfoot, which will be my first 2016 book.)IMG_3198

Also, I am behind on my goal of reading more authors of color.  Again, I partly blame my participation in the TBR Dare.  I was reading books on my own physical shelves, that I owned as of December 31, 2015.  From this experience I discovered that, in the past, I did not make a conscious effort to buy books by authors of other ethnicities or races.  Granted, I’m a heavy library user, since I work there and all, but still…  I realized that the books I hear about and read about in the usual media outlets are overwhelmingly by white authors.   I began my journey of reading more diversely in 2014, where I read a measly 7 books by authors of color.  Last year the number was 17, which was better, but not outstanding.  I hope to hit at least 25 this year.  So I’ve got to get busy!  (By the way, can I just once again mention how instrumental that series of posts by Book Riot about reading diversely were?  They really opened me up to a whole other level of awareness of this issue.)

So it’s been kind of a strange reading quarter for me.  But I’ve read some awesome books and have really delved into an entirely new genre for me (graphic novels/comics.)  I’ve also become obsessed with bookish podcasts, so my TBR list has exploded!  I’d love to hear from you guys about how your first reading quarter of 2016 has been.  Are you on track with your reading goals for the year?  What’s been your favorite read so far this year?

 

 

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9 thoughts on “BRL Quarterly Report #4

  1. Can I say, it gets way easier to read diversely the more you do it? I promise! The first year I gave myself a goal percentage of nonwhite authors, I aimed low (25%) and at times really struggled to make that happen. This year so far (maybe my thiiiiiird? fourth? year of keeping an eye on author’s race and nationality), I’m at just over 50% white authors, and it hasn’t felt like a stretch at all.

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