This week, the Artsy Reader Girl is taking a look at bookish hopes for 2021.
- A strong start to the Classics Club Strikes Back. By strong, I’d like to have read at least 20 entries from my list by the time 2022 rolls around. It’s not as far-fetched as it sounds: I did it before, in 2019, and this time around the books are mostly smaller and tend toward the modern, with many being 20th century titles.
- The End of Mount Doom. Scaling Mount Doom isn’t just about finishing my TBR, it’s about being able to move closer to minimalism. I’m always fighting towards it and never seem closer, somehow.
- More southern literature. As a librarian in a southern river town, I’m acutely aware of how little southern lit I’ve read, both classic and contemporary. That’s why CCSB has a large southern lit section !
- If time permits, some progress in my Peoples of the Americas series. In 2018 I announced that the reading project for the year would be exploring the histories and cultures of American nations, past and present, from the Inuit and Canada all the way down to the Incas and Chile, with a Caribbean sideline. I read 4 titles that year and have kept the theme in mind ever since either as an annual project or as a long-term series.
- Re-reading. I’m hoping to adopt purposeful re-reading as a discipline, not only to give un-reviewed books their due, but to reinforce what I’ve learned. (Bitter laughter: in 2016 I resolved to re-read and review some books. The titles I showed are still 2/3rds unreviewed. )
That’s it for reading goals – frankly, the first two alone are enough to keep my nose buried in the pages!