The good thing about starting this blog in January is that it is the perfect time to write a post about my 2015 reading goals. So let’s start with the obvious one:
I want to read 50 books this year.
That number seems low. I have a lot of friends who are aiming for 75 or 100 books this year. However, I work a full time job, and I will be taking college classes for the spring, summer, and fall semesters. I also have a freelancing job. Basically: I’m not anticipating a whole lot of free time on the average day this year. If things change, or if I end up being way ahead of par, I may increase my goal down the line. But I think 50 is reasonable for now.
There are two other goals that are super important to me this year, as I realize that my book collection has come to lack a certain kind of diversity.
I want to read at least 10 books with queer or LGBT protagonists.
I want to read at least 10 books with protagonists who are people of color.
I have some books lined up for these goals, but I also have some research to do toward what books to read to reach these. I didn’t add the goal of reading a certain number of female protagonists, or books by female authors, though I think those are also two worthy goals. The thing is, 90% of the books I read fit both of those criteria, and so I didn’t feel the need to add a numerical goal to that.
I don’t read a lot of nonfiction, and have only one non-fiction goal for this year:
I want to read at least 5 books about theology.
I have even decided what these books will be:
Radical Love: An Introduction to Queer Theology by Patrick S. Cheng
The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone
Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart by Christena Cleveland
Damaged Goods: New Perspectives on Christian Purity by Dianna Anderson
Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church by Rachel Held Evans
I am actually currently reading Radical Love, although that is going slower. My goal on that is to be finished and have a review up in time for Valentine’s Day.
Moving away from my theology TBR for 2015, now is the time to stretch my boundaries. There are certain types of books that I love to read, and there are others that just…I haven’t really dipped my toe into the water all that much. Now is the time to change that.
I want to read at least 5 contemporary books.
I want to read at least 15 standalone FICTION books.
I want to read at least 3 adult high fantasy books.
I want to read at least 3 FICTION books written before 1990.
I could go on and on about the different genres and areas I still have to try out, but I feel like adding anything other than might end up stretching myself too thing for 2015. I have to leave room for the old favorites, after all!
Those are all of my goals for this year, as of yet. They are subject to revision, addition, or deletion, but I think this is a good starting point for the next twelve months. At least now I have an idea of what titles to be on the look out for!