2018 looms – it is in fact, only 3 more days away – and I’m already thinking about the habits and patterns I want to bring in to the next 12 months.
Blogging is obviously a priority, and reading more blogs / discovering more content will be something I look forward to. But in this post I want to focus more on what I want to achieve not as a blogger or a writer, but as a reader. I’ll cover personal things in another post 🙂
Clear Out my TBR with #BeatTheBacklist!
Thanks to THIS POST I’m joining up on a challenge! This means I read everything I wanted to read prior to 2018 and I set a goal OOOFFFF….
40 Backlisted books!
Let’s see if I can do it!
Buy 1 Book A Month / New Release
Literary Agent Dr. Uwe Stender mentioned that if everyone involved in writing / editing / publishing bought ONE book from a proper book store a month, the business would be thriving.
So in order to contribute to this, I will buy one book – either new release or old – every single month to do my bit in keeping this business afloat. I want my career in this business, so it makes sense to support it! Plus 2018 has a TON of books I’m dying to read, so it’s not gonna be too hard.
Sorrynotsorry bank balance…
Read 1 Book A Week
This year, COUNTING DNF’S, because if I get 200+ pages in I still class that as reading, I read 41 books. Not bad and still over my 40 goal!
However… I want to go beyond that. I want to read one book a week. I’ve no idea how people manage 100+ books a year and I am not an audio book fan. I create a narrator in my head which is unique to that book and most of the time (my director head coming on here) the narrators don’t read the story how I want it to be read. (I know Emma Thompson isn’t available for all audiobooks but please try?!)
I take my time reading content, too, so while I know readers who consume 600+ page novels in a day (dear lord how?!) I’m going to aim for around 50 pages a night. 1 book a week. That’ll work, right?!
Read Widely – Adult / YA / Genre
I read mostly YA this year and within that it was mostly fantasy. I am trash for a good fantasy novel. But while I dotted it with contemporaries and mysteries within that, I feel like I want to dip my toe into the adult sector again, and get into the other areas of novels that I very rarely pay attention to.
Like historical – I LOVE historical, why don’t I read more of it?! And women’s fiction / chick lit, I devoured three of those books in one 7 day holiday years ago and never touched the genre again. And classics, I need to read more of them! Jane Austen is not the only classic author out there.
She’s my favourite, but not the only one.
SO. I need to branch out. Put on my big girl pants and delve back into difficult books.
Read Diversely – At Least 10 Diverse Authors!
In some ways this is tricky – because I want to read from LGBTQA+ authors as well as authors of colour, and not every LGBTQA+ author is out – but I’ll be scouring my TBR pile and prioritizing authors who are classed as diverse, including neurodivergent and disabled.
I pray for the day this type of content becomes normal, and the White Straight (and probably male) Author is no longer the “norm” in publishing.