I love all the goals I see people setting for reading this new year.  Goodness, I’m just glad to see so many people reading.  I love reading challenges (this one from Modern Mrs. Darcy is especially appealing) and reading plans and TBR lists.  I love it all.

But this year, beyond the very broad and ominous goal of reading 100 books, I’m not setting any specific goals for 2015.  I am, however, going to set a few reading intentions.

  • I want to read more books by people of color and people who are from other parts of the world.  My reading is far too white and far too North American.
  • I want to read more books in translation. Since much of the world does not speak English, I’m hoping that this intention will help me read more broadly.
  • I want to read the books I already have on my shelves. I own a lot of books, and I haven’t read many of them.  While I still want to buy books and borrow books from the library, I also want to honor those books I have already chosen.

That’s really about it.  I’m hoping that come December I’ll be able to say that my reading is deep and broad, diverse and open – because if I can, I will be richer for it.

What are your reading goals? What challenges are you undertaking?  Share in the comments below, and I”ll choose one commenter to receive a $20 gift certificate from Powell’s Books. (I’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, January 6.)


The Painted Steps Writers Group is gearing up for February.  If you have a book that you want to draft and feel like some accountability, community, and guidance might help, I hope you’ll join us.  Only 8 spaces available.  You can get more information and sign up here – http://andilit.com/painted-steps-writers/.