Happy New Year! Time to start those lists and ideas for your bookshelves! Last year I didn’t set a number goal and read over 100 books! Since that non-goal worked well for me I’m going to avoid shooting for quantity again (if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it). On the flip side, setting a goal to re-read a few books flopped royally (I think I managed one re-read?). So I’m shoving that under the rug, putting those books in the back of my mind for maybe later this year…maybe…and moving on.
What I did enjoy was playing a bit of Reading Bingo. So I’m brushing off last year’s Bingo card, picking a different theme, and making that my first goal. If you weren’t here for last year’s effort, I created a Bingo card of various qualifications for books to read and then I picked a theme to focus on the playing/reading board. Last year I completed two themes. One theme focused on Race Relations and the other theme was Expressions of Faith. This year I’m going to focus on a geographic region: the Caribbean.
Goal #1: Read a five-in-a-row-BINGO! of books from the Caribbean.
Here’s the card if you want to play along:
Goal #2: Read five books of history, including at least 3 biographies.
I’m rusty on history in general so I’m going to focus on the U.S. end of the spectrum to start, but I suspect I’ll branch around the world once this latent interest kicks into full gear. I’m open to this goal being one of surprises!
This past year I started noticing a few people of historical significance that I wanted to know a bit more about for one reason or another. 2018 will hopefully at least get me back in the game. I have my eye on the Grant biography by Chernow, and I’m looking for a good biography of Theodore Roosevelt and one for Eleanor Roosevelt. Recommendations appreciated!
Goal #3: An A-Z read from my TBR pile
I found this idea in a post over at Fictionophile. In an effort to make a concentrated dent in my TBR pile this year, I’m going to read books with titles that progress alphabetically. I’ve modified this goal for my purposes so that some of these I own, some are mentions in an outdated and ignored Goodreads shelf and will be library borrows, some I’m not even sure the library will have so I may be checking out my options on Amazon. In any case, at least 26 books from my TBR pile this year. I’ll post as I go through. I’ve got my A, B, and C in line so look for that post coming soon!
Goal #4: Reading and Writing
My writing time is likely to be whittled down considerably in 2018 so I’m going to use my reading space to do some research. The piece of fiction I’m working on has several areas where I’m lacking in detail and context so I’m on the prowl for good books to provide that understanding. This is my least specific goal but probably my most important one. Here are a few of the areas I’d like to explore more in-depth: military culture, Vietnam War, early onset Alzheimers, and single mothers in the 1970s-1980s. I’m going for fiction and non-fiction. Most of these are areas I need to understand in order to supplement back story and support my secondary characters, but I have a hunch when I get some of these pieces in order the protagonist is going to come to life more clearly. Fingers crossed!
What are your reading goals?
Any good recommendations for biographies to read? Books in the Caribbean? How about military culture or early onset Alzheimers?
Good luck to you!