Last January, I wrote a post about my 2017 Reading Goals.

I had good intentions.

I wanted to control my spending. I wanted to read more diversely. I wanted to read and comment on other blogs. I wanted to read more books.

I didn’t meet all my goals. 

My goals were:

  1. I will read 75 books
  2. I will read two books that I already own for every book that I borrow from the library or buy
  3. I will read at least one diverse or own voices book each month
  4. I will spend at least one hour each week reading and commenting on other blogs

I surpassed my reading goal.

This is the only goal that I can say I definitely met. At the time of this writing, I’ve completed reading 88 books in 2017. That is 13 more books than my goal of 75 and 39 more books than I read in 2016.

Come back tomorrow for an analysis of the books I read. I’m excited to see what the break down of genres, lengths, and authors I read in 2017.

I read some of the books I own, but definitely bought a lot of new books too.

I had a list of over 50 books already in my house that I had not read. Many of those books are still unread. This is something I’m going to continue to work on in 2018. I am considering starting a reading journal to document which books I read and if they are books I already owned, a book I purchased or received in 2018, or a library book.

If you do something like this, please let me know in the comments what works for you. I’m very open to ideas. 

I read more diversely than I have in the past, but I didn’t intentionally seek out books about diverse characters or by diverse authors. 

I read some awesome books by LGBTQ+ authors or about LGBTQ+ characters. I read some amazing books by and about women of colour, about characters with cultures and life experiences very different from my own. These books are important reads. I don’t know if I succeeded in reading one a month. I wasn’t intentional about selecting reads based on reading books by and about underrepresented groups. I want to read more to learn more.

Some books I read were: The Hate U Give,Of Fire and Stars, Simon VS the Homo Sapiens Agenda, When Dimple Met Rishi, Lumberjanes, History is All You Left Me, The Upside of Unrequited, You Bring the Distant Near, and Malala’s Magic Pencil.

I want to be more intentional in 2018 about reading books by and about people who are not white, heterosexual, North Americans. This includes authors and characters of colour and/or different cultural backgrounds, LGBTQ+ authors and characters, disabled authors and characters, and any other group that is underrepresented in publishing.

If you have books or authors to recommend, please do so in the comments!

I started 2017 out by reading and commenting on other blogs regularly…and then I stopped.

Last January I set an alarm in my phone to spend one hour each Monday night reading and commenting on other blogs. Then my husband and I would go for wing night at our local pub, then I joined a Monday night workout class with a friend, and then, I just got lazy. For the last twelve months, I have ignored that alarm more often than I’ve heeded it.

I need accountability.

I’ve joined Nori’s  (ReadWriteLove28) Commenting 365 Challenge this year. The goal is to comment on 365 blogs in between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018. Between this challenge and accountability partners like Jorie (JoreLovesAStory), I’m hoping 2018 will be more of a success for me in terms of reading and commenting on other blogs.

I enjoy reading other blogs. I enjoy getting to know other bloggers. This is both awesome for my blog (because as bloggers we often check out the blogs of those who read/comment on our blogs) and for building relationships and being part of a community. I love hearing what other people are reading, discovering new books, discussing books, and improving my blog by learning from what others do on theirs.

If you have a blog you’d like me to check out, please leave your URL in the comments!

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  1. I want to start some sort of journal this year, too …. I always try spreadsheets and they never seem to work out because I just never get to the computer. Good luck with 2018!

  2. Best of luck with your challenges this year! I want to read more diverse books but I always have a harder time finding them … which is sad.

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