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Reading Goals and Diversity


My reading goals for this year are/were:

1. Read 52 books
2. Of the books I read, have at least one third of them be non-fiction.

These are nominally reasonable goals. I've read over fifty-two books a year since my forty book year five years ago, and decided that was too few. Fifty two is one a week and a solid baseline.

I'm at 98 books so far for the year, not including essay books.

I am delighted that I've kept up my one-third non-fiction goal. I've read 35 non-fiction books so far. I might have to read one more non-fiction book this year to keep the ratio.

What surprised me most about my books, however is that in the fiction books, thirteen of them have black protagonists. Also, five are Asian, two books have a balanced ensemble of protagonists of varied races, and three books I don't actually know the protagonists' races.

Contrast this to last year when I had, I think, seven books of non-white protagonists. I skim counted, I could be mistaken. I also had twelve non-fiction books, of the ninety-eight I read for the year.

I need to add new categories to my book tracking, to better understand my reading trends, but I am really happy with my increased reading diversity.

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