- Gabby Womack
New Year, New Intentions
Just like most of you, I've been looking back on 2021 and thinking about what I hope to accomplish or go for this year. Here are the main things I intend to do in 2022, bookwise:
Spend less money. Utilize the library more. As I joined the bookstagram community and became more inspired to read new books, I found myself buying books like never before. While I don't regret that, I do know that I want to be more intentional with my purchases and how often I spend money since I'm trying to save up! I'm a librarian! I should be checking out books
Read & review all of the ARCs (advanced readers copies) I've been given. I've had the privilege of gaining access to a lot of books I've been anticipating but I also haven't been able to keep up with all of them. So, I want to focus more on tackling those books and sharing them with you all.
Celebrate my book reading goals by 10s. I don't want to take for granted that I read a lot last year so I'll read just as much this year. There's no way of my knowing if that will be true. So, I want to celebrate making it to 10 books, 20 books, and so on because I'm proud of myself for reading at all.
Fill some reading gaps: Read more books about and/or by Indigenous folx, Disabled folx, Black, Latino, and Asian men and boys.
In my field, it is very important to pay attention to gaps in our collections and look to fill them. I want to do this in a meaningful way with my own reading. Some of the authors I'm hoping to read more books by are:
Stephen Graham Jones Jason Reynolds Julian Randall Alexander Chee Gene Luen Yang and more...
In this picture you'll see some of the books I already own and hope to read this year. (Listed here) *Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin *Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram *The Upper World by Femi Fadugba *A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark *Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World by Benjamin Alire Sáenz *Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice *Black Leopard Red Wolf by Marlon James *Miseducated by Brandon P. Fleming *The Prophets by Robert Jones, Jr.