My 2016 Reading Goals

by nomeatbarefeet

Half way through this past year I decided to layout a set of reading goals. Partly this was to read new material and give myself a break from being focused on strictly academic reading; more significantly, however, I wanted to expose myself to new ideas, new points of view, and new life experiences that were neither white nor male. To that end, I devised a modest list of 5 goals, which I’m sad to say I did not complete.

My criteria were simple: (a) choose books that were distinctly non-white and non-male; (b) crossover between goals was acceptable; (c) choose authors I hadn’t already read (save for goal #4 [see below].)

  1. Read two Latino Authors
  2. Read two African American
  3. Read one female author
  4. Annual reading of To Kill a Mockingbird
  5. Read someone else’s favorite book

With that said, here are the books that I read. I’ve included the # of the goal that each book fulfilled.

Junot Diaz, The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao (1)

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Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming (2, 3)

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Kwame Anthony Appiah, Cosmopolitanism (2)

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Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street (1, 3)

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I was unable to finish my annual reading of To Kill a Mockingbird, which really bummed me out. It is my favorite book, and I have been doing an annual reading for the past four or five years now. This year I began doing prep for my Spring class so I had to divert my energies towards that rather than continue reading Mockingbird. Some people can have multiple books going at the same time, but I’m not that kind of reader; if I am reading a book I devote myself to it. (This is also why it too me so long to finish The House on Mango Street, which I did two days before the end of the year.)

Lastly, I did not read someone else’s favorite book. I know Katie’ favorite book (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn) and oddly enough most people at my work either didn’t have a favorite book, “didn’t read” (whatever that means…slackers), or couldn’t think of a favorite book. Perhaps I can add this goal to 2017’s list.

Look for my 2017 Reading Goals here.

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