For my 2021 reading goals I had simplified things down to just two targets.
- Diversity in reading – I hope to increase reading in translation and by BAME authors. However, my male:female reading ratio will be what it will be – I do not choose books because of the author’s gender, never have.
- Joining in elsewhere – basically, whenever I can. Bring on the themed reading months and weeks.
How did I do?
I think I smashed it!
- I read 24% (36 books) in translation from a wider range of countries than ever, although South America wasn’t represented this year, and I would like to read more by African authors. I’ve only just started recording authors of colour on my spreadsheet, so we’ll see next year.
- I joined in all over the place – see part 1 of my review of the year for all the details – it was great fun!
What will I do for 2022?
More of both of the above for sure, but I’m upping the translation stakes by hosting not one but two themed reading projects this year. The first heralded by my choice of a Nordic scene for my header picture today…
- Nordic FINDS launches on Monday – five weeks of reading from the five Nordic countries – Finland, Iceland, Norway, Denmark and Sweden. One week each.
- Quindicina Italiana – Italian Fortnight – over the end of July and beginning of August.
Will I read as many books in 2022 as 2021? I’ll try – I watch a bit less telly these days, which gives more time for reading. It’d be great to keep the page count up (nearly 38k). I do love shorter novels and novellas so much, so hope to manage at least my Goodreads target of 130 (up from 125).
P.S. Six Degrees of Separation coming later today.