Just like with my writing goals, it seems like I ought to check in with my reading goals
at least a couple of times through the year, and quarterly is as good a time as any.
As a reminder, here are the goals that I set for myself when I wrote about my favorite media of 2016 over on ladybusiness
- At least 40 books total, not including novellas/short fiction or graphic novels/comics collections.
- At least 20 books by authors of color; of these, at least 10 by new-to-me authors (i.e. authors whose work I've never read before).
- At least 5 non-fiction books.
- At least one novella and one piece of shorter fiction each month -- not just during Hugo reading season!
- At least 10 books or graphic novels/comics collections off my existing TBR shelf.
About a month ago, I started wondering whether I should be counting novellas after all, and Twitter's response was unanimous: Yes, I should count them, and no, it's not cheating. Which I suppose makes sense, but in that case it also makes sense to up the overall goal. So, I hereby amend the first goal to 50 books including novellas, and my second goal to 25, also including novellas (my intention there was always to try for 50%). This has the advantage of making it easier to use Goodreads to track my reading, because I tend to list novellas there, but not shorter fiction.
Let's do the numbers:
So far in 2017, I have finished a total of 10 books. Of these books, 7 are by women (6 unique authors) and 4 are by people of color (all unique authors). Four were novellas, and none were graphic novels. One (Midnight Blue-Light Special by Seanan McGuire
) was taken off my TBR shelf.
This would put me on pace to read 40 books in a year, but is a little bit behind the 50 book pace. I think that's okay, though, because I spent more time reading short fiction than I anticipate doing normally, for Hugo nominations. I'm also a bit behind on writers of color, but catching up there is entirely doable.
Not bad, overall. Let's see how I proceed.