I saw a sign-up post for this challenge on Misfortune of Knowing while procrastinating on my 2018 reading/blogging goals list. After checking out the challenge overview, I realized this fit nicely with the reading goals I already had, which were mostly for nonfiction.
Read 10 books about Africa, set in African, or dealing with the African diaspora.
One of the areas I want to focus on this year is reading more books from Africa. I have a pretty good track record of reading African fiction (although I’ve not reviewed that many), but my nonfiction record is dismal. I was preparing for this in December so I already read one book, own a few, just picked up one from the library, and have another book on my holds list.
Read 10 books from my unread shelves.
Nonfiction takes longer to read and is more of a mood read for me. I like to buy books and get many as gifts as well, or random cheap books from thrift stores, library sale shelves, and dollar bins. Last year in particular I went overboard buying diverse nonfiction. I have two or three shelves worth that I’d like to make a dent in before purchasing brand new books.
Read 10 library books.
From whatever library. I’m only counting them if A) I finish reviewing them and B) I don’t go into overdue status. That’s going to be the real challenge!
Read 10 books that fit into my ongoing multi-year challenges.
I’ve already got several nonfiction books purchased for the #100indigenousbooks challenge and would like to read and review those before getting more. I’ve been more focused on fiction with the Diverse Disabled challenge but the two nonfiction books I read were both winners, so I’d like to at least read the ones I already own.
Read 10 books that fit the monthly diversity goals OR are chosen for the quarterly group reads.
This is my very loose goal for when I’m bored with the other categories, but still want some general direction.
Complete any one of my challenge books from start to finish.
If you’ve been around for a while, I’ve mentioned these here and there before. Basically these are books which I have been trying to read for more than a year. The first three are all over 400 pages. Long Walk to Freedom (the comprehensive autobiography of Nelson Mandela), For Hearing People Only (a textbook about Deaf culture and ASL), and Roots* (the story of one black family through several generations).
The other two are books that really shouldn’t be so challenging. I’ve read every single chapter of The New Jim Crow at some point in the last year. I just haven’t read the book in a cohesive enough manner to comment with any clarity on it. God is Not One is Stephen Prothero’s response to Huston Smith, a study of the world’s religions. It’s under 400 pages, I’ve read and enjoyed portions, but I keep getting stopped out and setting it aside for long periods of time.
*I realize that Roots is today classified as a work of fiction. However the old edition I have was marked nonfiction so it’s been shelved with those books and fits better in this part of the challenge.
It has to be a chapter book.
I will include middle grade and YA books but am not planning to count early or elementary chapter books. I think nonfiction graphic novels will be okay with me too (although I’m not sure if the official challenge will count them).
Double-dipping is okay.
I realize this list looks overwhelming (51 books!), but I definitely plan to overlap. The categories of “books I own” and “library books” can overlap fully with other categories, and I already own all of my challenge books. One of my RL book clubs is ending, which will free up reading time. Depending on the books I choose to read, this could be as small as a 20-30 book challenge.
Reviews can be posted late.
It takes me ages to write reviews and since I schedule most reviews, it might take a few months for a book I read to show up on the blog. I realize that the reviews posted in 2019 won’t count toward the official challenge, but I’m going to count them toward my personal goal. (That does mean I might post a wrap-up late as well, so I can link to all the reviews. I’ll decide when I get there.)
The goal is to have fun.
Sometimes I forget this with challenges and stress myself out. If one of my goals needs to change, or go unmet, then that’s okay. I have many goals in reading and in life, but ultimately my health and real-life priorities always need to come first.
I’ve set up a progress page that includes my Stretch Goals (aka tentative plans for 2019).
What are your 2018 goals? Do you plan to read more (or any) nonfiction this year?