My overarching goal for 2017 (in books and beyond) is to simplify, so, with that in mind, here are my three reading resolutions for the year.
1. Read 100 books. A repeat of my 2016 resolution. A resolution at which I failed miserably. I am fully aware I might not reach this goal, but having such an ambitious number to work towards helped me read more last year.
2. Complete the 2017 Popsugar Challenge. I really enjoyed the Book Riot Read Harder challenge in 2016, but I was kind of disappointed with the 2017 list. While I appreciate Book Riot’s pro-diversity message, I found the latest list to be aggressively political overly proscriptive. Some of the tasks were so weirdly specific (“Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love”) that it felt a bit too much like I was being told what to read. All that is to say I started poking around for another challenge and found the Popsugar challenge much more to my liking. Bonus points for being way too ambitious, much like goal number 1 above.
3. Read more books by people of color. Last year, I set myself the modest goal of having 20% of the books I read be written by people of color. This is the only goal I managed to achieve, so I’m going to bump it up to 25% this year. I know that’s still way lower than it probably should be, but I should have at least one goal I can accomplish.
Happy reading in 2017!