On New Year's Day 2021, I posted what I thought were reasonable goals for my reading. They turned out to be overly ambitious.
I will include unpublished work in my book counts but I need to figure out how to remember them. But I will aim to read at least one published book a month as well.
I will post a quarterly reading reflection.
This wraps up my disappointing reading reflection for the year 2021 and my vague reading goals for 2022.
I have two books I read in February. I'll admit that I am struggling to read at all and am not making my reading goals.
My writerly read this month was Business Essentials for Writers by Jim Nettles. This book will be helpful for anybody who plans to make a living writing stories and books. It tells you where traditional publishing falls short and where you will need to pick up the slack. It tells you what you need to invest in as a self-published author. It isn't a read-straight-through book, other than to glean what information it has. It is a reference book.
My fun-read this month was The Unbroken by C.L. Clark. I was lucky enough to get an advanced reader e-copy. I haven't quite finished it yet as my fun-reading is slow lately.
I have been reading unpublished work by several writers, and I can't wait until I can put them on my "what I read" posts for you to also enjoy.
I read two books in January. My writing craft book was Save the Cat and my fun-read was The Demon's Pursuit of Mor.
My Storygraph is a little odd, but the mix of the books I read follows the above Moods and Pace.
I still need to write a logline for my books, but it's something I intend to do going forward. Like most things, it just takes practice.
Question: I only have my monthly reading reflection planned for blogging right now. Eventually, I will be publishing some of my short fiction. What would you like to see in this space? What would you like to see from me?
Blogging Goal: In 2021, I will try to do a monthly summary of books I read via Storygraph.
My reading goal for the year 2021 is 36 books. In 2018, I read 50, and in 2019, I read 100.
2020: In 2020, I read somewhere between 30 and 40 books. In general, the "adventure," "dark," "informative," and "emotional" labels are exactly what I read. I have fun reads that I pick up and read with a reading group. I have craft reads to improve my writing. I also read books to learn other things in life. In general, I will discuss some of my fun reads and the writing craft books.
My favorite book of 2020 was The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson (2020). Every time I try to describe the story, what I loved, all the words just do not encompass it.
In terms of writing craft, I found Query Craft by Angie Hodapp (2020) to be helpful. If you are looking for information on querying agents for your novel, this is a good book to start your journey. Even if you have been querying, you might glean a new tip or two. This was one of the first books I read in decades on the topic of publishing novels, so I had a lot to learn.
What did you read in 2020? What was your favorite book?
Writer of spec fic.