I’m not going to set goals for my blogging this year, exactly. Last year, my biggest goal was to finish my PhD, and here I am, still doctorate-less, when almost everyone I started with has graduated or will be doing so soon. That’s not a failure (quitting would have been a failure, and it was a pretty close thing sometimes) but looking at that post still makes me feel sad. However, there is a difference between goals and plans, which is that plans can be adapted and discarded as needed. I can lay out my priorities for the year, safe in the knowledge that I can throw them out or completely rewrite them if that is what I need to do.
That said, here are a few things that I want to accomplish on this blog in 2017:
-Read more new releases. One of the advantages of having a library close by is that reading new releases doesn’t necessarily mean shelling out for expensive hardbacks. I can easily find the Coming Soon list on their website, and reserve them as needed. I don’t want to start accepting books for review again, as I didn’t enjoy the pressure of reading to a deadline (nor the guilt that sometimes came along with disliking a book I’d received for review), but I miss being part of the conversation around new releases.
–Post more consistently. I say this every year, but I *think* I might have worked out a system that will work for me: I would like to put up one review and one non-review post per month. That seems small and sensible and manageable, and is roughly in keeping with what I’ve been doing anyway.
-Write about my other interests sometimes. This will remain mostly a book blog, but I do like other things too. My adventures in gardening, baking, being in the New Forest, and playing board games might crop up occasionally. I might also have a post about Star Trek primed and ready to go. So there’s that.
That’s pretty much it in terms of plans. Below are ten books I’m intending to prioritise this year, though I have no idea if I will do so or not. I seem to be drawn more and more to non-fiction at the moment, so there’s quite a lot of that on this list.
Priorities to read in 2017:
Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America by Michael O Emerson and Christian Smith
Hillbilly Elegy: a Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by JD Vance
Joan of Arc: a history by Helen Castor
Europe in Autumn by Dave Hutchison
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Speak by Louisa Hall
Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfar
I Contain Multitudes by Ed Young
Silence by Shūsako Endō
Happy new year, everyone! What are you looking forward to or planning for 2017?