Big Reading Life Quarterly Report #3

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Some lighter reading material that made me super happy recently! I adored “Felicity!”

So the end of September/start of October was crazy, as I’ve written about before.  I realized that I didn’t do my quarterly report.  I like taking stock of the reading I’ve been doing, and seeing how I’m meeting my reading goals for the year (or not.)  So even though it’s October 21, here goes Quarterly Report #3 (July, August, September):

This was a very good reading quarter.  I feel like I’m (unintentionally) striking a good balance between male/female authors, fiction and nonfiction (for me anyway,) and also making good progress on my goal of reading more works by people of color.  11 works by POC so far, as opposed to 7 for all of last year.  I do feel as if my life has been enriched by being more intentional about what I select.

I hope you all are meeting your reading goals for the year, and if you’re not, I hope you don’t feel guilty about it!  Life is too short for reading guilt!

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Big Reading Life Quarterly Report #2

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My dad’s big on Rumi.

Time to take stock of my second quarter reading this year!  I switched into a new book journal in April (I wrote about my first book journal here.)  It’s a journal with Rumi’s quotations that my father had given me some time ago.  What better way to put it to use than to document my reading life – the good old-fashioned way.  I’m a pen and paper woman at heart.

So here are my stats for April-June:

  • Books read: 17
  • Fiction: 12
  • Non-fiction: 5
  • Female Authors: 13
  • Male: 4
  • Authors of Color: 2
  • Audio books: 1
  • Published in 2015: 7
  • Favorite books this quarter: A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson, The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson, and The Shelf by Phyllis Rose.  Honorable mention goes to My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante.

Thoughts: Kinda dropped the ball on the authors of color.  It’s really apparent to me now the huge disparity between white authors and authors of color, in what gets published, publicized, and reviewed.  Still, I’m the one choosing books.  I’ve also not listened to many audio books this year – I think I’m in a music phase right now (I love you, Sirius XM radio!)  I’d like to read more nonfiction that’s not memoir – some history, biography, and microhistory.  That’s a goal for the next three months.

This has been a really good quarter overall – lots of quality reads.  Here’s hoping the second half of the year is satisfying and fun!  Has your reading year turned out as you’d hoped so far?

Big Reading Life Quarterly Report

It’s almost the end of March (what?!) so I thought I’d take stock of my 2015 reading so far and see how I’m doing on my Reading Goals.  I do love to make a list, after all, so here are the details for the first three months of the year.

Books Read: 19

Fiction: 16

Nonfiction: 3 (2 Memoirs)

Female Authors: 12

Male Authors: 7

Authors of Color: 4

Audiobooks: 1

Books Published This Year: 4

My favorite books of 2015 so far:

  • Dept. of Speculation – Jenny Offill (I will write more about this one shortly.)
  • A Brief History of Seven Killings – Marlon James
  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle – Shirley Jackson

Having read four authors of color (Jesmyn Ward, Sherman Alexie, Marlon James, and Walter Mosley) feels like a good start towards my main reading goal of 2015. Why is reading more diversely important for me?  Book Riot (my very favorite bookish website) has done an amazing five-part question and answer session on diversity in reading, and it really embodies why this issue is something I care about.  You can read about it here, here, here, here, and here.  If you want.  🙂 They answer questions like Why is reading diversely important, anyway? and Isn’t paying attention to the race of an author racist?  Thought-provoking writing here.

Onward!  Read on, good Book People!  Anyone have some favorites so far this year?  I’d love to hear them.