New year, new books, new resolutions! This month, the Desi Writers’ Lounge team is sharing its reading resolutions: goals for the new year, finally tackling those to-be-read piles. Join the conversation by sharing your resolutions in the comments and on Facebook and Twitter.
In 2014, I vowed to follow the hashtag #readwomen2014. As I learned more about the literary world, the gender disparities of the publishing world were alarming. The same fact would keep cropping up: Fiction by men is considered universal while books by women are categorized as ‘women’s interest,” as if these books are by default not relatable for everyone. I can’t say I entirely achieved my goal but I definitely became conscious of how many male authors versus female authors I was reading each month. Towards the end of the year, I am happy that I read mostly women writers; Lena Dunham’s Not that kind of Girl, Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay, and my all time favorite this year, Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel. For 2015, I want to keep up this habit but diversify my reading in the following ways:
1. Read more people of color, because as it is white men dominate the publishing industry.
2. Try to include more non-fiction in my reading repertoire. As my main preference is usually fiction, it takes a lot of patience on my part to be interested in non-fiction but as I tried with essay collections in 2014, I can ease myself into reading more challenging non-fiction.
3. This is a long shot and I don’t know if I will be able to work up the nerve to take the plunge but I’ve been toying with the idea of starting a book blog or channel where I can record my thoughts about what I read. I really enjoy watching BookTubers on YouTube and reading reviews and I want to contribute to that community. Lets hope I am successful.
Do you have any reading goals for this year? Sound off in the comments and our social media!