This year, I’m not really interested in reaching a certain number of books. I don’t feel like it 😄So here’s what I narrowed my goals down to:
Finish what I started
I have a bunch of books that I’ve been reading on and off since September. I know y’all won’t judge me lol
Sometimes I get distracted, my mood isn’t right, or I’m overdoing it elsewhere in life. So I really want to jump back into these. I know that the books on Palestine took me a while because I kept toggling back and forth between the audiobook, e-book, and print for note taking purposes. I don’t usually do that for books unless I’m using them for research. (I’ve been reading Stamped from the Beginning for multiple years because of this!)
-The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine by Ilan Pappe
-Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
-The Follower of Flowers by Natasha Hernandez
-The Ballad of Perilous Graves by Alex Jennings
-Summoner’s Circle by Coral Alejandra Moore
-Plantains and Our Becoming by Melania Luisa Marte
-Abeni’s Song by P. Djèlí Clark
-Palestine by Joe Sacco
Read more non-fiction
Once I got overwhelmed last year, I started switching to predominantly fiction books. This is
fine but I want to get back into my non-fiction groove. Some of that will be connected to my research for my books and the others can just be the info I really want to learn.
The Borders of Dominicanidad by Lorgia García Peña
The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine by Rashid Khalidi
The Little Deaths by Mercy Tullis-Bukhari
Fantasy Island by Ed Morales
Request less books
If I want to achieve the goals before this one, I’m gonna have to stop requesting books through places like NetGalley and buying brand new books that are trending. I know I’m gonna have less time to read & review books this year so I’m been trying to be more intentional about what books I collect. This means, if you’re an author hoping to have me review your book, ask yourself if they are about & by AfroLatine/x or African-American folks. If so, definitely reach out to me. Just know that it may take me some time for me to read & review it!
What are your bookish goals?