(It is such an unexpected honor to be included in this magazine. I really had no idea what I was doing when I wrote this poem. It just… happened. :P)
I’ve always been a voracious reader, but I rarely take the time to track the books I’ve finished. A couple of months ago, I started listing titles on a page in my bullet journal (more on that later), but I’ve been looking for more consistent ways to log my reading. (No, I don’t intend to join Goodreads. I like notebooks for these sorts of things.)
I’ve also been approaching my reading with more thought and deliberation. Oh, I still grab whatever I crave and gobble it down! But I’m *also* looking for things to challenge or change me somehow.
And with the new year fast approaching, I decided I’d set up a reading challenge for myself. If anyone else would care to follow along, or use my list to build their own personal challenge, here it is in no particular order:
- An English translation of a foreign title
- A non-fiction book about a political or diplomatic issue
- A non-fiction book about economics
- A biography
- A banned book
- A new book by a woman of color
- A non-fiction book about ancient history
- A non-fiction book about horses
- A non-fiction book about writing
- A non-fiction book about space
- An award-winning children’s book
- A Man Booker Prize winner
- A National Book Award winner
- A Hugo Award winner
- A Tiptree Award winner
- A Newbery Medal winner
- A Pulitzer Prize winner
- A classic from my old TBR list
- A book from the New York Review of Books collection
- A book of poetry
- A libretto (Hamilton *coughcough* :D)
- A book picked up on impulse
- A book my grandmother used to own
- A book recommended on NPR
- A book recommended by my daughter
I will also be completing the Sirens 2017 reading challenge (found here) and intend to finish the Temeraire series by Naomi Novik.
Another element of my personal reading goals is to catch up on the magazines I tend to accumulate in un-opened piles. So, every month I’ll be reading National Geographic, the Smithsonian, American Spirit*, Archaeology* and Horse Illustrated cover to cover. 🙂
This leaves time to read whatever suits my mood on any given evening, too, so I think it will work quite well for me. I generally read between 100-150 books a year, but as I said, I’m not good at tracking them. This year I’ll keep a better list and share it next December!
*These aren’t actually monthly magazines, but I may refresh my memory on favorite articles.