Literary Goals in 2018

                  

Hello All! I’m back and ready to write.  I took a very significant break from this blog and from my YouTube channel.  Needless to say, it was a lot.  I was everywhere and nowhere and that wasn’t what I wanted.  Having taken the time to reflect and to make some changes to my blog, I feel I’m more clear-headed about what I want to achieve through blogging.  But before I tell you all about those goals, let me take you back briefly through my year reading in 2017 because despite not blogging I was reading.

Now my reading goals for 2017 were specific and sadly I didn’t accomplish them completely.  However I’m still pretty happy about what I read and how much I read. I had a goal to read all of Bernice McFadden’s novels and I failed.  I read all of her novels except, My Name is a Butterfly (out of print but is being released this year :)) and Finding Amos.  I didn’t reread The Book of Harlan and Glorious.  Although, I’m sure I’ll reread The Book of Harlan one day.  As for  the others I read for the first time, they were all very good and each had something special about them. They are like her children.  McFadden really has a way with telling a story and inventing characters.  Of all the ones I read I think Glorious is the book I least preferred and that was because I felt it was too short.

I encourage you all to take a year to read one author in order of publication.  It’s a wonderful way to learn about writing and how an author hones her/his skills over time.  We are all passionate readers but when we sit down to write we forget about the challenge of the exercise of writing.  It’s not easy and it is quite a solitary activity for most of the time.

My next challenge was to read more Caribbean authors.  Unfortunately I didn’t read as many as I wanted to, but I’m not giving up on that one.  I also wanted to read more pages last year than I did in 2016 but failed at that too.  I was short about 200 pages. Oh well but I read 59 books and almost got to the page count so I read more big books this year.  That really showed for my Goodreads Big Book challenge last year when I read 13 and had pledged to read 10.  I was really happy about that.  I read some great big books and only 2 of them were disappointing – American Pastoral by Philip Roth and Small Great Things by Jodi Piccoult.  Let’s just try not to dwell on those 2.  Two duds out of 59 ain’t bad!  Lastly I pledged to read at least one Russian novel and that just never happened.  Every time I culled my shelves for something to read, I skipped right over the Russian novels – too daunting.  One day…

Now on to my goals for 2018, I have set my Goodreads challenge to read 60 books this year.  I usually set my goal at 50 and always go over.  I hope this will push me to read more and watch less YouTube and television.  I’m primarily looking forward to increasing my page count significantly.   Next challenge will be to read more Caribbean authors. I hope to read at least ten. My last reading challenge is to participate in #readingblackout which is spearheaded by Denise D. Cooper at Art Books Live Denise D. Cooper on YouTube.  She’ll be reading only African – American writers this year.  I’ll be joining her for January, February, and March.  I may join in again later on in the year.  If you’re interested I encourage you to join in too if only for a month.

You know #readsoullit will be going on in February in honor of Black History Month as usual with a photo challenge on Instagram and a read along on YouTube.  I’ll be posting on that shortly.  Now another literary challenge will be for me to keep a bullet journal of my reading and my life and most of all to continue writing the novel I’ve been working on.  I’d really liked to write more and to eventually get to the point where I finish something – short story collection, novel, etc. anything!

 

So that’s all on what I’m reading and on what I’m doing literary wise for the year.  I hope I haven’t once again bitten off more than I can chew but I think I can make these challenges work for me.  What about you?  Have you decided to make any plans to read or to write something?  Or are you one of those people who clams up once the challenge has been announced?  If you are no worries.  I can be like that sometimes too.  You know I’m Fickle Fred. 😉

Happy New Year to you all!!! I wish you loads of excellent reading and writing in 2018!!!

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2014 Reading Resolutions

Hello all! Firstly I’d like to wish you all a very Happy New Year full of loads of excellent reading and book connecting.  I’ve been reflecting quite a bit these days on my reading resolutions for this year, while reading of course.  I’ve decided to be practical and throw out some titles that I’d like to pick up this year.  Last year I wanted to read more varied and I think I attempted that but I wouldn’t say it was a total success, but not bad.  I also wanted to read more classics.  Well that was a bomb!  However, I did read more Afo Literature, which I will continue to do this year.  I did read some graphic novels and thoroughly enjoyed all of them.  Now enough of last year and on to what is happening and what you and I have to look forward to.  The following books have been on my shelves now since about the month of November.  The main reading goal of this year is to read as many of those big books that are hanging around on the shelves that I’ve been passing over.  The next big goal is to try to read quality.  That doesn’t mean that I can’t get in a little Walking Dead or something else light now and then.

These first 3 are called The Australian trilogy and it’s by Bryce Courtney.  Now I’ve read The Power of One and Tandia and enjoyed them immensely.  I saw these three on Goodreads and I thought they would help me fulfill the Australian reading challenge over on Booklover Book Reviews.  I’m aspiring to take part in and to succeed at the Wallaroo challenge.  If you guys have any titles to recommend, drop them in a few lines below.

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The next trilogy I’d like to attempt is MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood.  Now I’ve only had the pleasure of reading two of her books The Robber Bride and The Handmaid’s Tale and they both left me reflecting for some time there after.  They were excellent!  So, I figured since MaddAddam came out in September 2013, why not check out the entire series.  I hate nothing more than reading book one and then having to wait 2 years for the next bit to be published.  Having the entire trilogy in my possession is sparking my interest  even more.

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Now the next books are my prize winners/finalists for something.  I can’t help it but I just fall for those kinds of books.  Pulitzer, Man Booker, Nobel Prize in Literature, Women’s Prize,etc. you name it and I’m checking it out.  One of these is and oldie and hopefully a goodie and the other two were finalists for the Man Booker.  I’ve been dying to read them and I’m sure some of you already have.  I received these books in November for my birthday and couldn’t make the shift to get started on any of them. 2014 is the moment!

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The next two are epic novels that are being talked about and raved over all over the net, in newspapers, and literary magazines for a few months now.  They have been on my TBR since I heard they were being released at the end of last year.  I absolutely have to read these two books this year.  One is from the young new Booker prize winner and the other is from an astounding author whose last book was published in 2002 and whose first book was a hit that her fans can’t stop talking about, The Secret History.

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These last three novels were picked up toward the end of last year as well.  Curiosity is the best way to describe why I picked them up.  This will be my first time  trying these authors but I’ve heard so many good things about the first 2.  The last one I discovered while reading a Goodreads pitch about it.  I couldn’t resist.  They say curiosity killed the cat but I prefer to use Stephen King’s variation “Curiosity killed the cat, satisfaction brought him back”.  That’s definitely going to be me in 2014.

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Well that’s all I have for reading goals in 2014.  I want to read loads of big books and most of all good books.  I’m participating in the 2014 Big Book Challenge where we read books over 400 pages.  I’ve challenged myself to 10 books this year.  Last year I challenged myself to 5 and I read 7 which was pretty good because I didn’t really read that many big books. I felt like I was subconsciously avoiding them.  This year a big book is going to be the go to book.  My Goodreads 2014 reading challenge is 55 books just like last year.  I succeeded in reading 58 books in 2013 and stayed at least 1 book ahead on my reading challenge the entire year.  I was pretty proud of myself for that.  I’m looking forward to bringing you more reviews and maybe even introducing you to some books you wouldn’t normally read.  I’ll be continuing Teacher Feature as I find more interesting teachers that you’ll enjoy reading about.  I also hope to do some more book spine poetry and some hauls.  There may be more surprises throughout the year as well so sit tight, keep reading, and commenting. 🙂