So last month I had really wanted to change up the format of this monthly recap to, well, actually give it some formatting, but it wasn’t really the best month for that. My cousin’s monthly recaps over on her blog are pretty cool, but I realized that I don’t have as many quantifiable things to track as she does. And I wondered if I could shake that up to keep my more accountable. I’m a sucker for gamification1, so I’ll have to test out a few. They’ll probably all be quite terrible this month, but…some times shame works…
A bit overdue–apologies for that! This past year, I was determined to read more in any capacity. As I mentioned in my post highlighting my 2016, I decided to help myself along by tracking my reading via a GoodReads reading challenge. My goal started small, at just 20 books for the year, and I was able to bump up my goal to 40. It might not make sense to keep raising it after I did it–at that point, any extra books were just a bonus, but I kept moving it just a bit beyond my reach each time to spur me on. However, this backfired a tiny bit in that I tended to favor graphic novels, especially since my library has an amazing selection of new releases. While valid books to read, they are much quicker reads, and as a result 26 of 41 books were graphic novels. Of the remaining 15 books, 8 were non-fiction (which I’d wanted to read more of, and the other 7 were fiction/YA and the Harry Potter play.
Next year, I think I’d be better off setting a smaller goal and keeping it there, so that I’m not tempted to avoid longer books in favor of book count. That’s just counterproductive and a con of trying to game-ify my reading habits. But nonetheless, I read far more than I have in the past few years, partly because I’m not in school anymore, but also, again, because my library is, in fact, the bomb-diggity. I read more non-fiction, particular memoirs, business books/self help/Malcolm Gladwell type books, and books about feminism. I read some educational graphic novels, which I love.
I initially started this post writing about how it’s become more and more difficult for me to remain passive with some of my Trump-supporting relatives, but that quickly took on a life of its own, worthy of its own post. It will likely come after this one does, so please check back for that or consider subscribing via email on the right column of this site, just below the search bar. #plug
I also tried started to write about being a bit disappointed by comments made by some of my Latino family who were very outspoken against immigration despite themselves being immigrants from a country that at the time was ruled by a dictator… but then that also took a life of it’s own.
Not much has been normal this past January. On many levels for me.
This month really is not the best one to try to make some changes to my monthly recap posts because it was a bit of an outlier (or at least I HOPE IT IS) for the year. I think the bf and I already had our fill for worst month in the first month.