Reading Challenges #SundaySalon #Happy2023
I joined two challenges in 2022, the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2022 hosted by The Adventures of An Intrepid Reader and the Diversity Reading Challenge hosted at Celebrity Reader.
I posted a recap of the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge a couple of weeks ago — I doubled my original goal of five books, but don’t expect to read so much in 2023.
I planned to read five books for the Diversity Reading Challenge and I doubled that, too. Seven of these were books that were read with my book club that specializes in reading books about race in America. Here are the ten books that I counted for that challenge:
- Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
- The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
- Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement by Tarana Burke
- The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee
- The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America by Marcus J. Moore
- The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story by Nikole Hannah-Jones
- The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
- As Long As Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, from Colonization to Standing Rock by Dina Gilio-Whitaker
I’ll use this post to register my intention to join the 2023 Diversity Reading Challenge. I’ll sign up for five books again.
I participate in the Goodreads Reading Challenge each year. Last year, I signed up for 40 books and read 45 — so I met my goal!
I expect to read fewer books in 2023 since I’ll be devoting more time to writing the first readable draft of the novel that I’ve been playing around with for three years. However, you wouldn’t guess that I was planning to read less if you saw my To-Be-Read list. I’m still working out how I’m going to make two conflicting goals compatible.
Given the Diversity Reading Challenge and the books that I’ll read to research my novel, I feel confident about joining the 2023 Nonfiction Reading Challenge hosted by Book’d Out. I’ll sign up at the Nonfiction Nibbler level, a commitment to read six nonfiction books in 2023.
I’ll link today’s post to Sunday Salon at the Readerbuzz blog. One of my resolutions is to write more Sunday Salon posts.
Happy New Year, everyone!
Good luck with your challenges… and your novel. Happy New Year!
You did a great job on your challenges last year. Good luck on your challenges this year. I am planning to finish at least one book this year, too. Mine, though, will be very small.
And to celebrate the new year…
Here’s a bit from a lovely old (1850!) poem:
“Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true…
Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws…
Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.”
And a toast: Here’s to a year of wonderful reads and small joys!
All very cool reading challenges this year, Joy!
Your reading list is quite impressive. Reading takes us to so many other lives and worlds, so you’ve really gotten around! Have a great reading year!
Glad to have you joining me in the 2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge!