A surprisingly lovely weekend given the surprise snow storm on Friday! It is gorgeous sunny out so the snow is beginning to melt and while chilly, one could almost imagine spring is close. Plus, the arrivals for the last two weeks were pretty amazing so I'm a very happy girl.
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?
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…
This weekend I won't be reading since my family will be attending the New Bedford Whaling Museum's annual Moby Dick Marathon, a weekend event where passionate fans read Moby Dick aloud.
Moby Dick is my wife's all time favorite book so when we discovered this event, it immediately became an annual affair for us. This is our fifth year going, and my wife is an official reader for her second year in a row. She's very excited.
I'm not a Moby Dick fan but I do love geeks, and it's impossible not to enjoy this when surrounded by passionate fans. The read happens at the museum, which only enhances the story, and there are all kinds of fun nods to the story -- there's a celebrity Ishmael to open the reading every year, the mayor reads the section of Ishmael walking thru Bedford, and the worship scene happens at the Seaman's Bethel, etc.
So, it's not my preferred read, but it'll do. What are you reading this weekend?