Richer Reading Life Update

Since we have finished the first 25% of the year, I thought it would be a good idea to see how I’m doing overall on having a richer reading life.

Reading

  • By a woman – The Bell Jar
  • By a POCBad Feminist
  • By a LGBT+ person
  • Deals with Mental Illness
  • Woman in Politics
  • Author over 65
  • Author from Africa
  • Takes place in Asia
  • Indie press – Pedal Zombies
  • Translation
  • Poetry
  • Published before 1850
  • Genre I typically avoid
  • Award Winner
  • Audiobook
  • Recommendation

I’m just shy of the 25% mark. While I could have counted The Bell Jar for Mental Illness, I didn’t want to. There are other books about depression that I’m very interested to read. At the same time, finding a book by a woman on my shelves is not difficult. However, books in Asia, African authors, and authors over 65 are a bit sparse.

I’ve started on poetry but I’ve always viewed poetry as a small dose thing that has to be digested over time. You don’t fully experience it if you binge. I’ve got a few things earmarked for some of the remaining categories but we’ll just have to see what happens. I’ll try to up my game in the next quarter.

 

Activities

  • Ask a local librarian for a recommendation
  • Ask someone I respect for a recommendation and read it right away
  • Read outside
  • Read a book that looks like it will make you uncomfortable
  • Read out loud to someone I love
  • Dog ear a page – Never Open Desert Diner quotes
  • Write in margins
  • Give away a book that’s been in my TBR a long time
  • Cull 10 books from my collection and don’t bring any home for a month
  • Attend a reading event near me – This Is Why You’re Single sketch show and book tour
  • Read the book, watch the movie, debate which is better
  • Listen to an audio book of a physical book I DNF
  • Listen to a podcast about booksDear Book Nerd and BookTube
  • Memorize a poem
  • Read one page of a holy book of faith I was not raised with
  • Have a conversation about books with someone you’ve never talked books with before

Not ideal. All of my friends are readers so it’s something we talk about with some frequency although there are a few I haven’t talked books with before. We’ve got a road trip coming up in May so it’s the perfect opportunity.

I plan on accomplishing the cull by not procuring any new books in the month of April. I cull well over 10 and don’t need anymore in the immediate future. I’ve started on reading outside but I do it pretty rarely so I want to do it a few times before I finally cross it off. It’s just starting to be the time of year where I can do it.

I’m waiting on some of the others like When a Monster Calls by Patrick Ness coming to theaters this fall. Failing that, there’s always the last Hunger Games movie which I haven’t seen yet.

Books

  1. Illustrated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
  2. This Is Why You’re Single by Laura Lane & Angela Spera
  3. Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken & Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
  4. The Green Man by Ellen Datlow
  5. Sisters of the Revolution edited by Ann VanderMeer

I’m at about 30% of my final 16 for the year. Staying within that limit is not looking good but my money situation is helping keep my book purchases down. Hopefully my plan for a no-buy April will give me an edge since a lot of what I want to get comes out this summer.

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