I am a slow reader. Defining slow reader, if I get through a book a month, I’m doing pretty darn good. I read about as fast as you’d expect a 5th grader to read. I average probably 35-40 pages an hour if I’m really into it, maybe 15 pages before bed. I was not the type you wanted reading out loud during class – I’d actually count the paragraphs and rehearse on my own while the kids ahead of me were reading, just so I could have a little more confidence. I can proudly say I’m much better at reading aloud, with or without using my finger as a guide. I just read hella slow.
I’ve been looking at different ways to read faster and fantasizing about all the things I could be reading and doing if only I could speed read. But I’m also perfectly fine with who I am as a reader. Although I am a slow reader, I don’t forget a single damn thing I’ve read (unless I want to). It’s a pretty decent trade off, I must say, kinda like a half-wish made by a genie. I bolster my overall reading numbers with a lot of audible, which I don’t think is cheating.
Last year I was SO PROUD of my 20 books for 2020 (I still am). I wanted to plan 2021 a little better and see if I can’t reach at least 20 books this year as well.
I found quite a few “Most anticipated” and “Best new books” of 2021 lists – this is something I’ve never done before. I don’t look ahead for what the publishers are advertising. My speed is browsing through the “recent releases” of the B&N while sipping my mocha (the mocha part I very much miss while in pandemic mode). I don’t search for the upcoming, I let the “up” come to me in it’s own time. I’m also a fairly eclectic reader: I don’t stick to the same genres or the same authors, I like fiction as much as non-fiction, and I tend to cross over to all sorts of topics. I’m not a niche reader, so I plucked books from several resources thinking this could cover all my bases.
Shaking things up for 2021, I’ve found a few things that I thought look interesting enough to warrant a whole ass blog post. I’m also hoping with the various release dates (some of which are past now), these books will give me something to look forward to during COVID 2.0.21 and set a pace for my reading this year. The list is a little over20 books, and I have doubt I’ll get to each book this year, but as a “mood reader,” I never know what I’m going to be into next, so I’m giving myself plenty of options here.
I also found a bingo board that’ll keep 2021 reading fun!
I’m adding these beauties to the TBR pile:
Lore by Alexandra Bracken (YAF) 1/5/21
White Feminism: From the Suffragettes to Influencers and Who They Leave Behind by Koa Beck (nonfiction) 1/5/21
Bravey by Alexi Pappas (autobiography) 1/12/21
Dog Flowers by Danielle Geller (nonfiction) 1/12/21
The World Turned Upside Down by Yang Jisheng (non-fiction) 1/19/21
Bride of the Sea by Eman Quotah (fiction) 1/26/21
Just As I Am by Cicely Tyson (autobiography) 1/26/21
The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto by Charles Blow (non-fiction) 1/26/21
Land of Big Numbers by Te-Ping Chen (short story) 2/1/21
Milk Fed by Melissa Broder (fiction) 2/2/21
My Year Abroad by Chang-Rae Lee (fiction) 2/2/21
This Close to Okay by Leesa Cross-Smith (fiction) 2/2/21
Black Girl, Call Home by Jasmine Mans (poetry) 3/9/21
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston (fiction) 6/1/21
The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris (fiction) 6/1/21
How the Word is Passed by Clint Smith (poetry) 6/1/21
The Woman in the Purple Skirt by Natsuko Imamura (fiction) 6/8/21
Paris is a Party, Paris is a Ghost by David Hook Kim (fiction) 8/3/21
On Freedom by Maggie Nelson (nonfiction) 9/7/21