Reading in the New Year 2015

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 readingMy gift goodies! 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 longest book I read was Americanah with 477 pages and the longest graphic novel was Habibi with 672 pages.

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!

A New Year…

Well here we are again shutting the door on the old and opening up to the new today the first day of  2012.  Announcements of how bad the economy will be, rising taxes, price hikes, it’s all gloom and doom.  I’m sure this year will surely offer plenty of occasions for growth, discovery, friendship, prosperity and much more.  There will certainly be many opportunities to read some interesting books and to share them with others.  There are sooo many, but sooo little time.  That’s why I’m going to challenge myself and anybody who reads this post to read 50 books in 2012.  No specific genre just read, read, read whatever you want for sheer pleasure; and of course as much as you can.

For those who are trying to save a little money there is always the local library or local garden sales or set up a book exchange with friends. Don’t sacrifice the pleasure of a good book because of the cost. There’s even bookcrossing.com.  Who knows maybe you could find some interesting free titles lurking in a place near you.  I know it won’t be easy for me with my very hectic schedule teaching to uphold this challenge but I’m going to give it my best shot.  Write in and suggest some titles if you have any goodies in mind.  I’m also going to go through my many shelves and try to read some of those To Be Read books.  I’ve got loads of them. Present reading in progress is The Science of Black Hair and Annie John.  I’ll be back soon with reviews on these two.   I also have a few more lined up – Memoirs of a Porcupine and Broken Glass by Alain Mabanckou, and Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid…..These were suggested to me by a friend who is an avid reader of black literature. I’ve heard of Jamaica Kincaid, but never read any of her books before.  I’m kind of excited to discover a little about West Indian literature.  Well that’s all just wanted to wish you all a Happy New Year and lots of happy reading in 2012.  Hope you enjoy my future posts and enjoy the big challenge of 2012, I know I will!