My 2015 Reading Goal: an Update

Happy Friday! Normally, at the end of the week I post an Instagram or a tweet about what I’m currently reading for the hashtag #FridayReads. This week, I decided it’s probably a good time to revisit the reading goal I made at the beginning of the year, which was to read more authors of color.

So, how’s it going, you ask? Well….

OK, I haven’t done all that great of a job at it this year. Out of the 16 books I’ve read this year, six were by writers of color. (For those who’d like to follow along at home, here’s the list of everything I’ve read this year.)

Part of it is I haven’t read as much this year. Sixteen is not a very large number of books. (I only wish I could read as quickly as my friend Nafiza can. I am continually in awe of her reading list.) As it stands, about 37.5 percent of what I’ve read has fallen under my reading goal, and that’s pretty poor, if you ask me. I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to read between now and the end of the year, but the next five books on my TBR pile include work by Octavia Butler, LaShonda Katrice Barnett, and Shyam Selvadurai. I’ve also put Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life on request at the library.

SoucouyantCurrently, I’m reading Soucouyant by David Chariandy. I’m only a few pages in so I can’t say much about it, though I’ve heard him read from it before so I’m looking forward to it. Of the books I’ve read so far this year, I can say that one of them is probably among my most favorite books now, and that would be Kindred by Octavia Butler. I have a feeling I’m going to be reading as much of her work as I possibly can. I like her approach to science fiction.

I’m already looking ahead to next year, and I think the goal for 2016 will be to read exclusively books that I already own. The number of books I’ve bought or been given and haven’t read? It’s just ridiculous, I tell you.

So, what are you reading?

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