Goal 1: Read a book from the countries left in Africa (from my ongoing "read a book from every country" project)
I'm encountering a minor version to what happened last year, when I got stuck reading books from New Guinea for four months - instead of reading one book in every country, I have read several books for many of the countries I aim to read. So while I've read 20 books for this challenge, I have only covered 11 countries. 31 to go if I'm going to read all the countries I've never read from. Five a month? I'm not sure that's going to happen, but here is what has:
Goal 2: Read some of my shelf of anthologies (perhaps develop strategies for this)AlgeriaThe Stranger by Albert Camus (February 2016)The Meursault Investigation (April 2016)
GhanaWife of the Gods (June 2016)Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (June 2016)
The Book of Secrets by M.J. Vassanji (February 2016)
MaliThe Cruelest Journey: Six Hundred Miles To Timbuktu by Kira Salak (March 2016)The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts by Joshua Hammer (March 2016)
MozambiqueThe First Wife: A Tale of Polygamy by Paulina Chiziane (April 2016)
Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor (January 2016)
RwandaOur Lady of the Nile by Scholastique Mukasonga (February 2016)Cockroaches by Scholastique Mukasonga (June 2016)
South SudanBeyond the River Yei (January 2016)There is a Country: New Fiction from the New Nation of South Sudan (January 2016)
SudanSeason of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih (March 2016)
SwazilandWhen Hoopoes Go to Heaven by Gaile Parkin (May 2016)
Child of Dandelions by Shenaaz Nanji (February 2016)All Our Names by Dinew Mengestu (January 2016)The Gravity of Sunlight by Rosa Shand (January 2016)Thirty Girls by Susan Minot (January 2016)
MultiNew-Generation African Poets ed. By Kwame Dawes (April 2016)
FAIL. I have made it through one anthology, and that was one I purchased after making these reading goals. Sigh.
Goal 3: Don't be a hoarder - complete six more book speed dating projects to make decisions about books I'm not sure about
I haven't been so great about not adding more books, but to be fair (to me) that wasn't the goal. I have done one speed dating project every two months, so for 2016, I have done three. I will work on another one sometime in July.
I recorded about each of them, so you can hear my thoughts:
Speed Dating 2016 #1
Speed Dating 2016 #2
Speed Dating 2016 #3
Goal 4: Reflective reading - experiment with journaling, video reviews, etc.
I definitely worked a lot with this although most of it is not something I can show. I absolutely prefer to record my thoughts in audio over video.
Goal 5: Read genres I usually ignore - crime and romance, maybe others
Heck yeah. I have read more romance this year than any other time in my life. That discussion is in the same episode as speed date #2, "The Wall of Romance." When I gave my students this project, I picked up a sportsing book. I have read a few more crime novels this year, although I'm not sure if it's more than normal, and it is likely not the titles I had in mind when I made the goal.