It turns out that I don’t do too well whenever I play loose with my reading. I like lists — lots of them — and I like reading intentionally. So I’m going back to projects, challenges and lists for 2014 — not too many but enough to keep me focused and happy!
Reading Target – I will read 60 books. A book per week , a number of plays and some collections of poetry should get me there by year’s end.
African Literature and the 2014 Africa Reading Challenge – At least a third of my reading will be in African literature. There’s quite a number of contemporary African books that I have to read plus some classics to revisit. As host of the Africa Reading Challenge, I have do more than the five books required!
Poetry and Short Stories – I want to review poetry collections and anthologies which translates to a more focused reading of poetry this year. Participating in the Dive into Poetry Challenge 2014 will help me accomplish this. Another repeat of 100 Shots of Short, a project of read 100 short stories in a year, is also planned for 2014.
Regional or Country Focus – I miss reading translated fiction. I also want to more books from other key regions and countries. Specifically, Hungarian, South African, Contemporary South Asian, Australian and Caribbean literature are all on my radar. While I’m not planning a reading project on any of these this year, I do want to read a bit of all and prepare myself for a reading project or two in for 2015.
Wole Soyinka Event – The great writer turns 80 in July 2014. I have a reading project planned to celebrate his work. Details coming soon.
Reading Challenges – Just a few for this year: Africa Reading Challenge, Dive Into Poetry, What’s in a Name? 2014, and 100 Shots of Short.
That’s the plan for 2014. I hope I don’t alter it much as the year progresses since my reading fancies are many.
A good year of reading for all of us!