Maybe I’m a little late to the game posting about my yearly reading challenge in February, or maybe it’s perfect timing because you’re ready to take on a little more or need a little inspiration.
Whatever your reason for being here, I’m happy to share my reading challenge for 2021.
For maybe three years now, I’ve been setting reading goals for myself at the new year, just like many many other readers around the world.
My reason for starting to set reading goals? I had forgotten how to read for pleasure after working through my English degree. That was five years of reading classics, Canadian fiction, history textbooks, Old and Middle English, less-than-enjoyable essays, and all very very quickly.
So for three years I’ve been setting numbered reading challenges. I worked my way up from 12 books in one year (barely reached that goal) to 24 (surpassed the heck out of that goal!).
And now that I’m in a place where I’m happy with my reading habits, I was thinking about quitting setting a reading goal with the new year. But then I remembered something…
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At the recommendation of somebody on the internet, I went through my current bookshelf to check out the identities of the authors there.
95% of the authors on my shelf were white women.
The other 5%? White men.
Ouch. 0% diversity.
So I have a new kind of reading challenge for 2021!
My challenge/goal is to read at least 10 books by authors that identify with marginalized groups. This means I want to read works by BIPOC, members of the LGBT+ community, people with disabilities, etc.
There are several reasons I’ve created this diversity bookshelf reading challenge for myself.
- We live in a diverse world, so I should be reading diverse stories/works.
- There are still stigmas surrounding these populations, so I want to do my part to support them.
- The more I learn about/from people unlike me, the more I grow as a human being. (Why do you need to grow and learn throughout your life? Click here.)
Do you have a reading challenge this year? Have you considered a diversity reading challenge? Do you have any book recommendations??
Enjoy the journey,