Now that I’m done with my reflection pieces, it’s time to look forward to new adventures in the new year. Well, new bookish adventures in the new year. For a rebel like myself, making plans and TBR lists is pointless because I never follow them. My 2016 reading reflection is evidence of this because I hardly read the books I assigned myself for that year. However, I do like to make these lists, pointless as they may be, and I plan to make a few for 2017 in this post. (We’ll see how well I do by year’s end.)
Also, like last year, I’ll assign myself books I must read by year’s end. These are books that I’m really interested in reading and I hope I will do so and not procrastinate and forget about them.
Goodreads reading goal
Last year my goal was to read 60 books/comics and I surpassed that by reading 88 books/comics but not without some trepidation in the early months of the year. So to make my reading experience less stressful for the entire year, I plan to read 40 books/comics by year’s end.
I’ll keep track of my reading and purchases by using this spreadsheet designed for booklovers who are too interested in their reading stats, like me. 🙂
Books I gotta gotta read this year! Or else…
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
A carry-over from last year. I was supposed to read it shortly after completing Jane Eyre but didn’t. I have to read it this year.
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Another leftover from 2016. Readers highly praise it for how it’s written so I’d like to experience it for myself.
Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
Since it’s inspired by Jane Eyre and I read the classic last year, I’d love to give this new book a shot in the new year.
The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
More of 2016’s leftovers. I enjoy Riordan’s books and I’d like to get caught up. I’ve fallen behind.
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I had Americanah on my list last year but didn’t read it. A couple people have Purple Hibiscus on their TBRs for January, including Elaine of Page 82, and that made me eager to try it as well. I might read it now…or later. Who knows.
Mad Ship by Robin Hobb
I’m taking a month’s break from Robin Hobb. Mad Ship is here to remind me to complete the Liveship Traders series. I’m notorious for leaving series undone.
Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection, Vol. 1 edited by Hope Nicholson
A comics anthology of indigenous storytelling that I bought last year. I forgot to read it in 2016 so I hope to do so this year.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
I’ve avoided many spoilery reviews of this book because I want to experience it without everyone’s critiques distracting me from my own thoughts. This must be completed this year.
Challenges I’m Participating In
In last year’s reading plans post, I announced that I would enter several reading events, which was a mistake because I hardly participated in them. I learned my lesson; so for 2017, I plan to participate only in 3 new challenges that also fit my reading taste. I won’t be an active participant in any of them, but I’ll use them to structure what I read (sometimes).
I do this every year so I’ll continue with it in 2017. I also like that it has a variety of tasks for readers. I didn’t do well in 2015, but my 2016 challenge was okay, though I didn’t complete it. Maybe I’m getting better at it.
I found out about this one on ChocolatenWaffles. Hosted by Austine, the Novel Knight, Beat the Backlist is a challenge created to encourage readers to read their own books. (Perfect for me!) There’s also a Hogwarts House Cup challenge, but I doubt I’ll partake in it. The challenge’s only guideline is that the books must have been published before 2017. However for me, the only books I’ll count toward this challenge are those I owned before 2017. So no recent purchases. And just because I love TBRs, here are a few books I might read for this.
If this TBR looks familiar, it’s because the majority of its books, except Room, were on my fall/winter TBR from last year.
2017 Library Love Challenge
I discovered this one on JMH Life. Since I’m trying to be besties with my library and save money, I decided to join in with the Library Love Challenge that’s hosted by Bea’s Book Nook. My short TBR for this are the following books, which I’ve already rented from the library but haven’t yet started to read.
Naz at Read Diverse Books is hosting another challenge in 2017 to encourage readers to read diversely. I am a person of color, but I sure need the encouragement. Since I mostly read fantasy, the majority of books I read are usually by White authors. So far, I have a small TBR for this, but it’ll expand as the year goes on.
An edit after I published this post: I forgot to include this link to a list of books by immigrant authors, which I think will be helpful to those making TBR lists.
Though my Classics Reading Challenge is technically up, I’ll continue with it because it pushes me to read more classics (when I remember it). I mentioned these books in my reading plans post last year, but I didn’t get to them. So I hope to read at least 1 of these this year.
Also, I don’t plan to participate in any horror reading challenges this year, but I do hope to read these books, as well as any horror books listed in the TBRs above, at some point.
And that’s it. Those are my plans for the year, but don’t hold me to them. I might not complete any. Lol! If I’m lucky, I’ll get in a play by Shakespeare too.