My reading goals for 2016 are as varied as usual.
This is what I said near the end of my Books read in 2015 post:
“I want to keep reading things in translation; I feel I did well this year. I should try to read a bit more poetry and erotica, sex & gender this year. I am satisfied with the amount of re-reading, the number of ebooks, and of nonfiction. I hope to read a few less graphic novels and more varied things in literature & language; e.g., more actual lit, more on language and more poetry as previously mentioned. Maybe some re-reading there. Poetry books are close at hand.”
- More poetry; re-reading encouraged here.
- More Erotica, Sex & Gender.
- Less graphic novels.
- More literature.
- Librariana? Didn’t read any in 2015. “Who have I become?,” one might ask.
- Translations check.
- Ebooks check.
- Nonfiction check.
- More essays and short stories.
In a more specific vein I offer the following up to myself:
Books currently reading being read [2016current].
- Dunegan – Best Hikes Near Bend (A Falcon Guide)
- Kabat-Zinn – Full Catastrophe Living
- Farhi – The Breathing Book
- Bishop – Living with Thunder
- Hornsey – Alcohol and Its Role in the Evolution of Human Society
- Berlin – The Power of Ideas
- Oliver – The Brewmaster’s Table
- Gilbert – Collected Poems
- Bennett, ed. – Japanese Love Poems
2016 Books To Read Challenge (personal) [2016poss]
Key: * = currently reading, [on pause] = on pause
Total of 44 books, including some 8 on pause and 2 that I am currently reading. Of these, I challenge myself to complete 12.
Beer and Brewing
- *The Brewmaster’s Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food – Garrett Oliver
- Water: A Comprehensive Guide for Brewers (Brewing Elements) – John J. Palmer and Kaminski
- The Complete Beer Course: Boot Camp for Beer Geeks: From Novice to Expert in Twelve Tasting Classes – Joshua Bernstein
- Hiking Oregon’s History – William L. Sullivan [DPL]
- Bend: A Pictorial History – Elsie Horn Williams [COCC]
Erotica, Sex & Gender
- Straight: The Surprisingly Short History Of Heterosexuality – Hanne Blank [Summit]
- Flow: The Cultural Story of Menstruation – Elissa Stein [Summit]
- Bettie Page: The Life of a Pin-Up Legend – Karen Essex
- The Social Life of Coffee: The Emergence of the British Coffeehouse – Brian Cowan [COCC online]
- Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage – Stephanie Coontz [DPL]
- Cataloging the World: Paul Otlet and the Birth of the Information Age – Alex Wright
- The Discipline of Organizing – Glushko, ed.
- Everyday Information: The Evolution of Information Seeking in America – Aspray & Hayes, eds. [COCC online]
Literature and Language
Language and Related
- Is That a Fish in Your Ear?: Translation and the Meaning of Everything – David Bellos
- Integrating Reality – Roy Harris
- Integrationist Notes and Papers 2014 – Roy Harris
Literature and Literary Theory
- The Literary Mind: The Origins of Thought and Language – Mark Turner
- Imagination in Place: Essays – Wendell Berry
- If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler – Italo Calvino
- The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Brontë [Summit]
- Seven Gothic Tales – Isak Dinesen
Philosophy [loosely defined]
- *The Power of Ideas – Isaiah Berlin
- Culture in Mind: Cognition, Culture, and the Problem of Meaning – Bradd Shore
- The Sovereignty of Good – Iris Murdoch [Summit]
- You Must Change Your Life: Poetry, Philosophy, and the Birth of Sense – John T. Lysacker
- Self and Soul: A Defense of Ideals – Mark Edmundson
- The Nature and Value of Happiness – Christine Vitrano [COCC]
- The Anti-Inflammation Diet and Recipe Book: Protect Yourself and Your Family from Heart Disease, Arthritis, Diabetes, Allergies and More – Jessica K. Black
- Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain – John J. Ratey, MD and Eric Hagerman
- The Wayward Mind: An Intimate History of the Unconscious – Guy Claxton
- Feeding Your Demons: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict – Tsultrim Allione [DPL]
Tech & Software
- Mindstorms: Children, Computers, And Powerful Ideas – Seymour Papert
- Just My Type: A Book About Fonts – Garfield
- Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation – Pollan [DPL]
Assorted/Too Lazy to Classify
- How to Worry Less about Money – John Armstrong [Summit]
- Tasty: The Art and Science of What We Eat – John McQuaid
- Second-Hand Knowledge: An Inquiry into Cognitive Authority – Patrick Wilson [Philosophy]
- Nocturne: A Journey in Search of Moonlight – James Atlee [Assorted]
- Thinking Body, Dancing Mind: Taosports for Extraordinary Performance in Athletics, Business, and Life – Chungliang Al Huang & Jerry Lynch [Assorted]
- The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook – Rev: 250 No-Fail Recipes … – Beth Hensperger [Renewal, Assorted/Cookery]
- Take Control of Automating Your Mac – Joe Kissell [Tech & Software]
- The Good Rain: Across Time & Terrain in the Pacific Northwest – Timothy Egan [DPL ebook]
- Healing Yoga for Neck and Shoulder Pain: Easy, Effective Practices for Releasing Tension and Relieving Pain – Carol Krucoff [Renewal] [Summit]
- The Body in the Mind: The Bodily Basis of Meaning, Imagination, and Reason – Mark Johnson [Philosophy, Renewal] [Summit]
There are, of course, tons of others and those I will come across this year, whether for the first time or not.
The only book not followed by a source [library x] that I do not own and did not find an easy source is the one on Bettie Page.
2016 Goodreads Challenge
My goal is 100 this year, up from 75 last year. I have been alternating between demolishing my goals and being a bit over here for several years.
Challenges hosted elsewhere
Nonfiction Reading Challenge 2016 [2016NFC]
I did this one last year and this is how it turned out [per my Books read in 2015 post]:
“Completed 20 April 2015 [includes 1 reread from previous year + 3 in graphic novel challenge also; does not include 3 on pause or 1 I never reviewed]. I finished 68 nonfiction books but clearly did not review or link then to the challenge.”
Guess I’ll just declare myself for doing the Master level right now as I plan to read over 20 nonfiction books.
Books in Translation Reading Challenge 2016 [2016TRANS]
I want to keep reading books in translation so this seems like a good one. It only takes 10-12 for the top level of Linguist and I read 21 titles in translation last year. Currently working my way through a book of Japanese love poetry which I started on January 1st.
2016 9th Annual Graphic Novel/Manga Challenge [2016GNC]
I started this one slow last year and ended up creaming it early.
“52. Completed on 25 April 2015. In total, I read 99 graphic novels or manga [does not include rereads: 2015 2 + previous years 2 + 1 gave up] but did not post & link reviews for the challenge.”
I think I’ll begin with 12 for Modern Age this year also. Hoping to shift some of my graphic novel and manga reading into other things but seeing as I read almost twice what I needed in the end and that I had read and reviewed the 52 I needed before the first third of the year was up I think I’ll be fine.
These reading goals for 2016 should do it for now. I know there are many other reading challenges out there but seeing however as every last one requires additional work—such as keeping track, writing a review (which I want to do more of), placing said review online somewhere, linking to the proper challenge, etc.—I think this is a more than good start.
Now I need to go create 2016-possibles, 2016nfc, 2016transl and 2016gnc shelves in Goodreads and “stock” them.
Maybe I can actually get back to reading soon?! If I had spent half the time reading as I have on data and writing about reading in the last couple of days I would have finished a couple decent length books already.