We are verging on our 4th day of the new year and all my bookish buddies have made their new reading
resolutions for 2015, analyzed, and written up the statistics of their reading from 2014. So here I am sliding in to home plate with mine. I made some over zealous reading resolutions last year. See here if you don’t remember. Well I promised to read certain titles, read Australian and Russian literature and to read some unread books on my shelves. Well it was all a fail except reading some of my unread books and reading The Good Lord Bird. Well better something than nothing.
The good thing about last year’s reading was that I managed to choose and read a lot of very good books. My top 10 of 2014 is full of the best of the best. (post coming soon) No complaints. Five of them received five-star ratings and for me that’s excellent, since I rarely give out five stars. So in this fresh new year my resolutions will be few but meaningful. I want to do a lot of pleasurable and meaningful reading, as last year, that seems to work for me. I have no time for mediocre reading, I feel I’m too old for that. There are a multitude of books I want to read before I die. That wasn’t meant to sound desperate but I need to write my book for that. Last year my page count was a miserable 13,511. Wretched! So my last and biggest goal of the year will be to increase my page count abundantly.
As for my reading stats, I read:
53 books and 7 of them were over 400 pages
13 graphic novels
27 novels by black authors
21 novels by women
32 novels by men
9 memoirs/non-fiction (4 of these were graphic novels)
from 13 different nationalities, including French, American, Indian, Nigerian, English, Scottish, Columbian, Norwegian, Dominican, Portuguese, Japanese, Canadian, and Cambodian.
The shortest book I read was Phenomenal Woman: Four Poems Celebrating Women, with 32 pages.
Having been shy of my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal by two books and short of my Big Books goal by three, I’ve decided to fix my Reading Challenge at 50 and the Big Books Challenge at 10. Hoping that this will keep me well-rounded and reading longer books, but most importantly extremely good ones.
As you’ve probably noticed there are some big changes on the blog today. I’ve changed the name of my blog to Brown Girl Reading and opted for a new style. The name change has been a long time coming and I feel this one suits me better, as does the style of the blog. I hope you enjoy and approve of the changes. So, here’s to you for following me and to 2015 which I hope will be great for you all – in life, in love, in friendship, in health, and in reading. Happy New Year!