I no longer set reading goals for myself because I tend not to work very hard to meet them. The only one I really set last year and which I intend to continue in 2014 is to read more diversely.
I did not do a wrap-up post for the A More Diverse Universe blog tour this year. Mostly because I didn't have much time to do so, but partly because there wasn't a ton of participation. I was sad about that, though I suppose it was inevitable, given the very little time and resources I put against promoting it.
But I've been reading many other people's reading goals for 2014, and it's really warmed my heart to see that "read more diversely" has popped up on several people's goals for this new year. Honestly, I can't tell you how wonderful that makes me feel. I said on Amy's blog that I want #diversiverse to be more a lifestyle than a weekend, and it's true. If that one weekend of low participation at least got on people's radar and made you think about how active you must be in your reading choices in order to read a diverse range of authors, then A More Diverse Universe was a success, and I'm so happy to have contributed at least a tiny amount to that (even if I can't really take any credit for it at all). It makes me feel really good. So thanks!
In other news, I have joined the Chicago Public Library Foundation's Junior Board! I haven't been to any meetings yet, but I met with someone yesterday to talk about goals and plans for 2014, and I really think that I can use my experiences and thinking and passion to make the library an even stronger asset for this city, and make it a place that everyone feels welcome to visit. I'm really excited about this opportunity and am looking forward to meeting new people and making a positive impact in a way that is meaningful to me.
It's Long Awaited Reads month! I am reading a book from my shelves right now, Demobbed, as part of this event. I am also REALLY HOPING that Wild Ones comes in for me at the library. I suppose I haven't been waiting YEARS to read that one but I did request it from the library back in October after listening to the brilliant 99% Invisible podcast, and it has been "in transit" for over two weeks now and once I get it in my hands, it will feel like I've waited forever to read it.
I do also have many books out from the library at this time, so I'm not sure I'll get to any other long awaited reads in January, but considering the bitter cold and huge amounts of snow we've gotten recently, it may mean a lot more time spent inside reading, so who knows!
I have been doing many more audiobooks than podcasts in the past few weeks, so I don't have any new links to share with you on that front. But rest assured that I will share with you what I like!