Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Future (2017 Reading Goal Check In & 2018 Goals)

We've already got the review of all the books I read in 2017 post out of the way, so onto this year's reading goals! First, how did I do with 2017's reading goals?

1. Read 7 books by Indigenous authors, including at least 1 by an Indigenous author not from North America.

I actually read 9 books by Indigenous authors this year! All of them were Canadian books I believe, but I think that's pretty good. You can read a few of the reviews I did: Nobody Cries at Bingo by Dawn Dumont, A Two Spirit Journey by Ma-Nee Chacaby and From the Tundra to the Trenches by Eddy Weetaltuk, and Devil in Deerskins: My Life with Grey Owl. I intend to continue reading more Indigenous fiction each year, both because they really do help open my eyes to a world I am entirely unfamiliar with, and also because they are just fun. Other books I read that I didn't get around to reviewing were Dawn Dumont's Glass Beads, and a Indigenous sci-fi short story collection, Love Beyond Body, Space and Time, edited by Hope Nicholson.

2. Read more books written by non-American authors than American authors. I will do it this year!! Third time's a charm!!

I don't think I quite did it, I'm still over in American authored books by a few, but if I don't count my rereads of Queen's Thief or Maggie Stievfater's The Raven Cycle, then I definitely read more books written by non-American authors! I'm counting it.

3. Read 3 books that have been translated from another language.

Thanks to Women in Translation month, I surpassed this goal! I actually ended up reading 6 books that were translated. I think my favourite of these reads were Trafalgar by Angelica Gorodischer and Memoirs of a Polar Bear by Yoko Tawada. That book is strange at first, but in the end so fascinating. Please pick it for your next book club read.

4. Have 40% of the books I read this year be diverse #ownvoices books.

I got 34% for this year, a little bit up from last year but still not quite as high as my goal. There was definitely more diversity in the settings of books I read, though, thanks to WITmonth.

5. Read 5 books with non-Western settings.

4! So close... to be honest I kind of forgot about this goal. I'll try for more next year!

6. Do a reading challenge on the blog! Which reading challenge? Who knows, not me!

I am sooo happy that I found Women in Translation Month, it fits so well with my goal for this blog and my reading habits. I am definitely going to participate next year, and hopefully read a bit more women in translation from other non-Western countries and languages.

Despite the fact that I ended the year with a months long reading slump (which always happens when I'm stressed about school; I really should see it coming by now), looking back I'm really proud of what I accomplished in my reading and on the blog.


I've thought about it (not very much), but I actually don't think I'm going to make any specific goals for this year (which I know is not how you make goals, but whatever). I know I want to keep doing the same, reading lots of CanLit, lots of diverse literature, and reading even more widely than I do currently, whether that be through characters, setting, language, or genre. And I still want to keep reviewing and promoting books that I think deserve more love.

I have thought a lot over the years about what I want my blog to be; whether I should post more consistently, or do more posts that would get me more traffic than I currently have. I always come back to, no, Alyssa, do want you want. This is your space. Some people get to say that and still have thousands of followers, but I guess what I want to say now is I'm thankful for the platform that I have, and that I've come to terms with making a small drop in a bucket over waves. And I've come to realize just how important that drop can be. And now I can say that I'm glad that it's been my commitment to, well, stick to my own commitments for what I want this blog to be.

So going into the new year, a lot of what I did this past year is going to stay the same, but it's also going to change, because that's what I do. Over the past few years this blog has become less of a writing blog, more of a reading and book review blog. Which is great, because I never thought I would consider myself to like or be good at writing reviews, and now I do. But I've recently got back into writing, and I want to start talking about that more too - including sharing more of my own writing and my thoughts behind that terrifying process. We'll see how that goes. 

Basically, I have a few plans in the works (and by "in the works" I mean "I've had passing thoughts about"), I may update all this to be more concrete later, and... thanks for reading. 

Here's to 2018.


  1. Hey, consistency is good :)

    Love your diversity goals. And I wish you luck in 2018.

  2. Awesome! Also, this reminds me I need to send you back your copy of the anthology. And figure out if I ever did put through that LendMe thing. Heh, sorry I've been a bit of a flake. Happy new year!


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