Exploring 2015

Exploring 2015

My word for 2015 is EXPLORE. (If you are not familiar with the concept of choosing a word for the year, check out Ali Edwards’s posts on One Little Word.) Anyway, this word applies to all kinds of things I want to do in 2015, and my bookish goals are no exception.

Explore at least 75 books.
Yes, this is just a fancy way of saying that I want to read 75 books this year. In 2013 and 2014, I set the goal to read 75 books and fell short at 64 and 55 respectively. But rather than decrease my goal, I’m going to keep it at 75 and push myself to read just a bit more.

Explore books by authors of color.
Reading diversely was a huge theme in the book world in 2014. And it made me realize that I need to be proactive in diversifying my reading. So, here I am being proactive. Specifically, I would like at least 18% of the books I read in 2015 to be by non-white authors (an improvement over 11% in 2014). Accomplishing this goal will take some mindfulness, which I am actually looking forward to.

Explore books in translation.
Along with reading books by authors of color, I also want to diversify my reading by reading more works in translation. It looks like I only read two in 2014 (The Dinner, by Herman Koch; and The Awakening of Miss Prim, by Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera), and I would like to improve on that. The subscription to Open Letter my husband got me for Christmas should definitely help. I’ll consider this goal met if I read three, just one more than last year. Yep, setting that bar low.

Explore ways to improve Utah Book Month.
As you may or may not know, for the last three years, Suey of It’s All About Books and I have organized a blog event called Utah Book Month, which celebrates books by Utah authors and Utah book blogs. This year, I would like to explore ways to expand the event and to bring in more participants.

Explore my blog “voice.”
This year, I want to change up things around here. I still want to post about books. That won’t change. But I want to explore different ways to hone my voice and aesthetic. I am setting the goal to post here once a week and to have most┬áposts include my own photography or graphics.

What are you going to explore in 2015?