A couple of things: first, The Sanctum of the Sphere is free today at Amazon. Have some other e-reader? Email me or leave a comment (you have to provide an email address for that anyway) and ask for a copy for whatever your device is. No problem!
Second: my Top 10 New(*) Books I Read in 2015 post is coming soon. Previous editions are here and here. I’m probably going to wait until after Christmas, but since I’m into my mostly-annual Lord of the Rings reread and therefore nothing on it is likely to change, if I end up with nothing to say sometime this week I’ll get it done earlier. One way or another, coming soon.
Third: I’ve read 99 books in 2015 so far, and it’ll probably be 101-102 by the end of the year. 37% of those books were by women or people of color. I’ve been interested in increasing the number of books by women/POC that I’m reading, mostly as a way to find new authors, and I’ve been going back and forth on how exactly I was going to do that, from “I will read no books by cishet white men during X months in 2016” to trying to set an arbitrary number, and now I think I’ve come up with a slightly softer method: I’m going to double that percentage in 2016. Slightly more than that, actually, as my goal for this next year will be that 75% of the books I read will be by women or people of color. I think white gay or trans men will probably count too, but as I don’t intend to do research into the sexual presentation/orientation of the writers I read, unless I somehow already know someone is gay I don’t think it’s going to add too many books to the total.
Probably easier to just say I’m limiting cishet white guys to 25% of my reading and leave it at that. The main reason I’m not doing a blanket ban, either for all or part of the year, is that I follow a fair number of indie authors, and I don’t feel like carving out an exception so that I can read Book 5 of The Yellow Hoods when it comes out. Easier to just say “I’m going to double how many I read” and leave it at that.
New books only, by the way. Rereads aren’t counting toward the total.
Do you have any reading goals for next year?