Crushing Goals 2021!

My last blog spoke to the fact that of all the books I read in 2020 only 46.5% were written by BIPOC authors. I want to keep raising that percentage of reading and not just in non-fiction but throughout the genres I enjoy.

Haddi had the brilliant idea of five categories of books she wants to read each month and to be clear my 2021 goal setting is totally a riff off of her brilliant idea. I decided to focus on reading a wider range of authors and a wider range of genres each month so I have turned to the Heritage Month Guide schedule to guide and inspire me (see below).

Most of the months of the year celebrate particular heritages and so I am going to create a list of books (okay it will more likely be a stack of books – see picture below) of various genres written by authors within the celebrated heritage. The genres will begin with the following:

  • Novel
  • History
  • Essays
  • Poetry

I am 100% sure that as I research and look up different books to fit these heritage categories my list will expand far beyond these four, but I hope to read these at the very least each month. I will also start with my own shelves. As many of you already know I have many…many books I have never read in my home and so each month’s search will begin with a scouring of my own shelves to see what I could read or reread in these categories. And yet, I cannot wait to do the research for the possibilities and I will of course be asking you all for recommendations ;).

There are a few months that don’t celebrate a heritage which I kind of love too. This gives me a bit of a break and that is always good for me. Self-discipline is not one of my spiritual gifts, so grace periods are necessary in my life and I’m more likely to finish the project if they are pre-scheduled which these are, so whoop whoop!

Now on to February’s reading for Black History Month. Below I have outlined what I WILL and what I HOPE (this is a LOT of books) to read. If you are looking for some great lists to jump start your reading for Black History month, here are a few I have been using:

February Reading

TitleAuthorNotes
Pleasure Activismadrienne marie brownFrom my shelves
Nonfiction
Will read for sure 🙂
Author who I LOOOOOOVE!
So You Want to Talk About RaceIjeoma OluoFrom my shelves
Nonfiction
Will read
Autopsy (Button Poetry)Donte CollinsPurchased
Poetry
Will read
Go Tell it on the MountainJames BaldwinPurchased
Autobiographical Novel
Will read
FumbledAlexa MartinLibrary
Novel
Will read
SnappedAlexa MartinLibrary
Novel
Will read
BlitzedAlexa MartinLibrary
Novel
Will read
Life on Mars: PoemsTracy K. SmithPurchased
Poetry
Read Feb/Mar
Your Silence Will Not Protect YouAudre LordePurchased
Essays
Read Feb/Mar
A Promised LandBarack ObamaBorrowing
Memoir
Gonna start…
The Warmth of Other SunsIsabel WilkersonFrom my shelves
Nonfiction
I hope to start …(583 pages is a lot for me)

Well Book War readers that is what I have for February. Wish me luck and happy reading to you all!