I’m really good at setting reading goals and then equally as good as pretending that I never did such a thing. So I try to do these check in posts quarterly so that I do check in and see where I’m at and how I’m doing. Now that we’re halfway through the year, we’ll see where things are and what adjustments I may need to make.
Goal One: Read at least 40% by Authors of Color
So the good news is that I have achieved this in a general sense, with my statistics being 61 out of 146 for 41.7% of my total books read being my authors of color. Within that, I’ve definitely read the most by Black authors with 33 of 61 books. 19 books have been by Asian authors, but that’s really deceptive because it includes every Nalini Singh book I’ve re-read. Unfortunately, I’ve only read 7 books by Latinx authors and no books by Native authors. I definitely need to do better at increasing diversity beyond just the basic overall statistic. Also, I’ve read 15 new to me authors of color out of the 25 I wanted to achieve for the year. I really want to be cognizant that I’m trying new authors so that I can have more staples like Nalini Singh or Alyssa Cole in my reading rotation. I don’t ever want to be tokenizing particular authors and thinking that because I read them I’m doing enough. My list of new to me authors to try is plenty long enough though so I really just need to make sure I’m picking up new to me authors a few times a month.
Goal Two: Diverse Sexual Orientations
Honestly, I think I kept this goal a pretty low number since I had originally intended to read less this year (I’m not sure that’s going to happen), so I only made a goal to read 25 books with LGBTQIA+ representation. At our last check in, I was really hoping to instead hit that by the end of June. Unfortunately, I’ve only hit 18. I set a specific goal within the subsets to read 10 Sapphic romances and still need to read four more to achieve that. I do have the books on my TBR to make the numbers I want a reality here, I just need to actually focus on those.
Goal Three: Disability Representation
I remain horrendous at tracking this information and I can only confidently state that I’ve read three books with physical disability representation and three books with cognitive disability representation. I don’t have a great grasp of what I’m even considering to be disability representation, but regardless, I know I need to do better. If you have any recommendations, especially of romance novels, please share those in the comments.
Goal Four: Nonfiction
Y’all. I was exactly on track at the end of June with six nonfiction books read out of twelve. Those were How We Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones, When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele, Open Book by Jessica Simpson, Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham, Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall, and All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson. I’ve already completed some more nonfiction in July so I think for the first time ever, I might actually hit 12 nonfiction books in a year! (Maybe even more? I’m scared to say that.)
Goal Five: Read More Books from My Shelves
Erm… Yeah. Can we just like, pretend that I have zero goals related to reducing my TBR? Because… I’m, um. Not really doing great about that…
Goal Six: Complete Series
I’m glad I set this number at 5 for the year because I achieved that in Quarter One and have made minimal progress toward another five since. Unless we’re counting where new books came out and I stayed caught up. In which case, Uptown Girls and Bareknuckle Bastards would mean two series are completed! And Consortium Rebellion. Maybe we should count that so I can feel accomplished. In all seriousness though, this is still a goal I’m interested in working toward. I read one additional book in the Kate Daniels series and that’s definitely a series I would like to see myself finish by the end of the year.
How are you all doing on your own reading goals? Do you set goals for your reading? Let me know!