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2017 is halfway done. So I thought I'd check in with my reading goals and see how that was going. I don’t set a yearly goal for how many books to read in a year because I don’t enjoy that. But this year I did set two other goals, so I thought I’d do a midyear check in.

Scholarly books
Goal for 2017:12
Books Read:
1. Queer: A Graphic History
2.The Most Defiant Devil: William Temple Hornaday and His Controversial Crusade to Save American Wildlife by Gregory J. Dehler
3.Camembert: A National Myth by Pierre Boisard
4.S.P.Q.R: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard
5.Larding the Lean Earth: Soil and Society in Nineteenth-Century America by Steven Stoll
6.Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
7.Seeking Refuge: Birds and Landscapes of the Pacific Flyway by Robert M. Wilson
8. Ten Restaurants That Changed America by Paul Freedman
Thoughts: Originally this goal was to read 10 academic monographs but I had some books that I wanted to read that didn’t qualify so I modified the goal. Anyway this goal is going great! I’m ahead. I think I’ll take a break from reading scholarly books for a bit and read some memoirs.

Books by new to me non-white authors
Goal: 24
Books read:
1. Mastering the Art of French Eating: Lessons in Food and Love from a Year in Paris by Ann Mah
2.Runtime by S.B. Divya
3. Everfair by Nisi Shawl
4.The Accidental Alchemistby Gigi Pandian
5. Honey and Clover, Vol. 1 by Chica Umino
6. Little White Duck : A Childhood in China by Na Liu
7. Balm by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
8. Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening
9. The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle
10. Black Panther #1 by Ta-Nehisi Coates
11.Infomocracy by Malka Ann Older
12. The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
I’m on target with this goal too! Though I feel guilty that such high percentage of these are comics or novellas. The idea behind this goal was that I’d find new to me authors and want to read all their books. So far that hasn’t worked out – I’ve either not wanted to read more or the authors haven’t had much back list. Also I read a lot of these for Hugo consideration either things I was considering nominating, or finalist I read to decide where to rank.

On the other hand I’ve read 17 books by non-white authors so for this year which more than in all of 2016. I’m currently at 22% of book read this year are by non-white authors.

Did you set yourself reading goals for 2017? If so how is that going?


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