Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Reading Envy 048: Reading Goals 2016

This episode wraps up 2015's reading goals, throws in a few more favorite reads for the year from a few more guests and friends, and announces Jenny's Reading Goals for 2016. Do you have any goals for your reading in the new year?

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A few books related to my 2015 reading goals:

Four Corners: A Journey into the Heart of Papua New Guinea by Kira Salak
Once Were Warriors by Alan Duff
Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany
A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal by Ben McIntyre
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman's Journey to Love and Islam by G. Willow Wilson
Minnow by James McTeer II

Favorite reads of 2015 from Bryan, Thomas, and Facebook friends:

Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis by Robert Putnam
Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy by Judd Apatow
Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders
On the Move: A Life by Oliver Sachs
Americanah by Adichie
The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
Giant Days Vol. 1 by Lissa Treiman
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family by Diana Wiessinger

The official list of Jenny's 2016 Reading Goals:
  1. Read a book from the countries left in Africa (from my ongoing "read a book from every country" project)
  2. Read some of my shelf of anthologies (perhaps develop strategies for this)
  3. Don't be a hoarder - complete six more book speed dating projects to make decisions about books I'm not sure about
  4. Reflective reading - experiment with journaling, video reviews, etc. 
  5. Read genres I usually ignore - crime and romance, maybe others

Other mentions:
The World's Literature Group
Great African Reads Group
Emma's War by Deborah Scroggins
Beyond the River Yei: Life in the Land Where Sleeping Is a Disease by Binyavanga Wainaina
Thirty Girls by Susan Minot
The Gravity of Sunlight by Rosa Shand
Africa 2016: The Working List
Jenny's new Anthology Shelf in Goodreads
Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

Related episodes:
Episode 020 - Goals!
Episode 036 - The Reader Sense of Ann VanderMeer with guest Ann VanderMeer
Episode 038 - Monica Byrne Wants to Make People (Want to) Scream with guest Monica Byrne
Episode 041 - Grotesque Beauty with Nathan Ballingrud
Episode 046 - Books for Your Kitty Party (The Best of 2015) with Libby Young and many other guests
Episode 047 - Sex with Elvis: Bonus Book Speed Dating Episode

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  1. A spy novel that came to mind during this episode is William Boyd's Restless. I haven't read it, but saw the TV film, which was excellent. It stars Hayley Atwell, Rufus Sewell, Michelle Dockery, and Michael Gambon, among others. I'll be trying to listen to the audio book in 2016.http://imdb.to/1K6tsZX

    It appears you've already got Kenya covered, but if you want to re-visit it, The Man-Eaters of Tsavo and Other East African Adventures by John Henry Patterson was fascinating.

    I hope you have fun with your 2016 goals!

    1. I'm never done with a country. Right now I have three each for South Sudan and Uganda! So thanks.

      I hadn't heard of that William Boyd either. I have a brand new copy of Any Human Heart on my to-be-read shelves at home. Taking note of both!


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