It looks like I've read 33 books this year, which is five less than last year. But given the crazy amounts of stress and drama that hit me in 2018, I'm frankly delighted with this count.
Ten of my 33 reads were by authors of color. Six of my 33 reads were penned by male-identified authors. Nine reads were not novels: one play, three volumes of poetry, two memoirs, two collections of essays, and a graphic novel.
I achieved a wopping zero on reading challenges, which I aim to change in 2019. Mostly by committing myself to two (Read Harder and Historical Fiction) and really diversifying my reading. And reading more, you know, than I had this year. (Re-frame: This year I knit 8 items, which is a 2000% improvement over other years. So, small perk of reading less!)
The Historical Fiction Reading Challenge is my favorite challenge of the year! (Although it's really not a challenge for me to read historical fiction, so I mostly use this "challenge" to make myself feel great.)
Since I've been diversifying my reading the last year or two, I'm not reading as much historical fiction as I have, so I'm not going to aim for the 50+ designation this year. I'm going to go for 'Ancient History - 25' books.
Some historical novels I'm hoping to read in 2019 include Nisi Shawl's Everfair, anything by Cat Sebastian that I haven't read yet (so maybe any 2019 releases, I think...!), Stephanie Thornton's upcoming release, American Princess, and Madeline Miller's Circe, which I didn't get to this year.
What historical novels are you looking forward to reading?
I've basically quit doing reading challenges since I wasn't actually challenging myself in my reading, just trying to tick off boxes for what I was picking up. But I want to change things up in 2019 since I did what I wanted in 2018 and I didn't blow myself away with my reading. (Although I read far more authors of color than in other years, which was an intentional choice I intend to continue.)
Book Riot's Read Harder challenge intrigues me -- but also daunts me.
The categories always include options I've zero interest in, but I'm going to attempt to hit each one this year!
To help me out, I might populate this with ideas as I hit them -- so if you've any recommendations for me, please share!
Read Harder 2019
An epistolary novel or collection of lettersA Tale for the Time BeingAn alternate history novelEverfair A book by a woman and/or AOC (Author of Color) that won a literary award in 2018Home FireA humor bookFuriously HappyA book by a journalist or about …
Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart
Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House
Jeff VanderMeer, Acceptance
Susanna Kearsley, The Firebird
Therese Bohman, Eventide
Cat Sebastian, The Soldier's Scoundrel
Jazz Jennings, Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen
Taisia Kitaiskaia, Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers
Cat Sebastian, The Lawrence Browne Affair
Mary Sharratt, Ecstasy
A.J. Thomas, Pins and Needles
Kitty Curran, My Lady's Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel
Angelle Petta, The Artist and the Soldier
Donia Maher, The Apartment in Bab el-Louk
Mishell Baker, Borderline
James M. McPherson, This Mighty Scourge: Perspectives on the Civil War
Mitra Rahnema, Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry
Cat Sebastian, Unmasked by t…