It is officially 2020 and I have… been on a very long blogging hiatus.
I haven’t blogged since July. Oops.
As is customary at the beginning of a new year, however, I’m diving back in, reinvigorated, motivated, and with several small but exciting projects and goals. Sooo… Let’s get into it.
Goodreads Reading Goals
One book. That’s right. One. Book.
I spent a lot of time last year focusing so much on trying to hit my reading goals (I’d set it at 52; one book a week, basically) that when I fell behind, it became less about reading and more about the perception that might come with not reading as much as I said I would. What other people thought about how much I was going to read put so much pressure on me that I ended up reading significantly less than what I wanted to. So, this year I’m tossing aside trying to show off with huge numbers and just reading what I want to at the pace that I feel like.
Last year the online book community faced a lot of ups and downs. From cancellations of books to attempted author cancellations to long strings of Twitter threads explaining why you shouldn’t read certain books and quantifying that if you did, you in fact were a bad person—it was a lot. And quite frankly, it was a bit of a mess.
This January, I’ll be participating in the Cancelathon, hosted by booktuber A.G. Macdonald. Over on his channel, A.G. gives a good break down of the reasons and motivations behind the Cancelathon, mainly wanting to challenge the idea of cancelling books and gatekeeping what books people are ‘allowed’ to read. I’ll be putting up my TBR and discussing my choices in-depth.
My partner over at The Cerebral Hedonist is a huge Nisioisin fan and got me into the anime adaptation of his Monogatari light novel series. This year, we’re going to be reading the novels together, which follow the main character, Koyomi Araragi, a third year high school student who survives a vampire attack. The Monogatari series features himself and a number of female peers as he helps them through interesting and intense supernatural problems, starting with Hitagi Senjōgahara who defies physics by having no body weight.
Nisioisin is known for his wordplay and unique sense of humor, bringing parody into his works along with a strong sense of character and story—so I’m excited to get into his light novels as much as I got into the adaptations.
Diversify Your Classics
DYC was a project that I low-key launched last year that I’m bringing back for 2020. The purpose of DYC is very simple: to highlight the diversity of classic literature and debunk the myths surrounding the type of authors and content that classic literature has to offer. Often, the reason people turn their noses up at classic literature is because it is a genre populated strictly by old (or dead) straight, white men.
While I believe that the way we are taught classic literature is partially to blame for this, this misconception often leads people to disregard the plethora of diverse classic literature, often written by and for marginalized people. In my initial post about DYC, I talk about this a little more thoroughly, so if you’re interested in my thoughts, go check it out.
This month, I’ll be reading Go Tell it on the Mountain, by James Baldwin. This will be my first James Baldwin title, so I’m excited to go into his works with fresh eyes.
Where The F*ck did that Come From?
A look at some of the most common tropes and trends that happen in fiction and pinpointing where they came from and why they became so popular. Why are giant spiders so prevalent in fantasy fiction? Why are love triangles a thing? Who started the bad boy romance craze?
I have no idea, but we’re going to find out.
Book Club Reading
Pages & Prose Book Club
Last year I joined the Pages & Prose Book Club, a diverse group of readers reading a diverse group of books. Run by Bee over at BeeWitched Shelves and Lorryn over at Reading Parental, the Pages & Prose Book Club has an incredible roster of books for us this year. In January we’ll be reading The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates and The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson.
This year, I really want to commit to different kinds of book-related content aside from just reviews. I spent a lot of the time that I wasn’t blogging last year coming up with ideas, figuring out a schedule, and really figuring out the direction that I wanted to take my small corner of the internet.
So there you have it, folks. Here’s to another fine year here at Fine Point Scribbles.