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Thirty-three years of tracking my reading: 06/09/20

Thirty-three years of tracking my reading

Since 1987 I've been tracking my reading. I happened to start my list (in an old Holly Hobbie diary) on this day in 1987. I was just finishing up 7th grade. To read more about the reasons, see last year's post.

Last night marked the close of my 33rd year of tracking my reading. I am three-quarters the way through my third handwritten volume. I'm at 9091 books read.

Three years ago I predicted that by January of 2018, I would cross ten thousand books. Silly me. I I just crossed 9,000 and won't hit 10,000 until December 2022.

My first book for year 33 was The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton. My last book was a re-read of Tik-Tok of Oz by L Frank Baum. I will probably get it reviewed by early next year.

Last year I mentioned that I was through my backlog of reviews and would be focusing my reading on diversifying my reading. While I have done that where 60% of the books I read each month are by diverse authors, I need to adjust my focus to actively include more books by Black authors.

11% of the population where I live is Black. My blogging should at least reflect the demographics of where I live. Right now my reviews of Black written books account for 3.3% of my reviews. For my 34th year of reviewing (from June 9, 2020-June 8, 2021) I should bare minimum read and review books by forty new-to-me Black authors.

To keep track of my new reading goal, and to make my blog more useful, I've created a new author index of books by Black authors reviewed on here. The index is available from the header on every page. The direct link is here.

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