Did you make any Reading Resolutions this year?
According to my borderline over-the-top 2017 Reading Spreadsheet—I can’t be alone in tracking my reading with a spreadsheet complete with color-coded conditional formatting and formulas to track various statistics, I hope?—I read 200 books and 213 single-issue comics, which amounted to just under 45,000 pages. My longest reading slumps were in June and July, and my most active reading months were April, October and November.
Of those 200 books, 92.5% were by female-identifying authors, 35.5% were by authors of color or indigenous authors, 13% were by debut authors, and a paltry 3% were by LGBTQ+ authors.
Based on that, I would like to:
Continue to actively work on diversifying my reading—in 2018, I’ll be seeking out lots more books by queer authors for sure. I’d also like to continue diversifying my reading by picking up more books in translation—I’m going to shoot for 10% at least—and to not only up the number of debuts I read, but also get caught up on backlist titles by some more established authors.
I’d like to avoid those long slumps by trying to at least average 200 pages a day, and by reading at least 365 short stories. (Yes, I added a page to my spreadsheet to track my progress. No, I don’t know why I’m such a weirdo.)
With all that in mind, here are some of the January 2018 titles I’ve got my eye on:
Love, Hate and Other Filters, by Samira Ahmed
The Hazel Wood, by Melissa Albert
Let's Talk About Love, by Claire Kann
Debut novels! The Ahmed is about an Indian American Muslim girl who wants to go to film school in New York, but is struggling to express to her parents just how important filmmaking is to her; the Albert is a super-dark contemporary fairy tale; the Kann is a contemporary romance starring an asexual girl. Starred review on the Albert.
Naondel, by Maria Turtschaninoff
The Forgotten Book, by Mechthild Gläser
The Cruel Prince, by Holly Black
Truly Devious, by Maureen Johnson
Thunderhead, by Neal Shusterman
Before I Let Go, by Marieke Nijkamp
A Conspiracy of Stars, by Olivia A. Cole
New books by established authors! Some are more established than others; some have much more extensive backlists than others. The Black, the Johnson, and the Cole are all the first books in new series; the Shusterman is a sequel to Scythe; the Nijkamp is a stand-alone mystery about a girl searching for answers after the dead of her best friend. Starred review on the Schusterman.
Meet Cute, by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Dhonielle Clayton & twelve more!
Short stories about romantic beginnings, hooray!
There are tons more out this month, I’m sure that there are some gems I’m missing—let me know! (And if you did make Reading Resolutions, let me know about those as well!)
In addition to running a library in rural Maine, Leila Roy blogs at Bookshelves of Doom, is currently serving on the Amelia Bloomer Project committee, is a contributor at Book Riot, hangs out on Twitter a lot—possibly too much—and watches a shocking amount of television. Her cat is a murderer.