I have been reading several posts about goals and resolutions for the New Year – reading goals and just general life goals. While browsing through these posts I came across an interesting idea that I had not heard of earlier – Word of the Year.
I let the concept marinate in my brain, but could not come up with any single word that I would want to center my life around in 2016. Mostly because I am not sure of how this works. For instance, if I go with the word – Balance (something that I always strive for) – I need to have a plan to ensure that I am able to incorporate balance in my life, right?
But then I do little things to find balance in all things, even now. So, what would be so different when I select this as the Word of the Year? I know, I am probably overthinking this, but that is just me.
A goal without a plan is just a wish. – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Having said that, the concept stayed with me, and I thought about which area of my life I can apply this to; where it will add value and meaning to what I want to do.
The answer was clear – I could use a word to define/set expectations for my reading year 2016, and the word I chose was – diversity.
Word of The (Reading) Year 2016 – Diversity.
This is the one thing I want to keep in mind while reading this year. Especially because it is easy to set lofty goals, but without a way to track these goals, it is equally easy to get carried away, and indulge in mindless reading.
This year, my goal is to ensure diversity in genres, themes, countries, authors, and even formats (audiobooks-this is going to be the year we meet).
The other thing I want to achieve is – balance. Here is why – until last year, I had not read any Indian authors at all (yes, shameful, I know). Okay, outside of the odd Chetan Bhagat book (5 Point Someone) that I read in my teens.
In 2015, I wanted to address this situation, and I did. However, I got so involved in it, that at the end of the year, I realized that 75% of the books I read were by Indian authors. While this statistic by itself, is neither good nor bad, when considered in isolation, but this is not what I wanted. This was just one of my goals, but it overshadowed all the other goals.
A Bookish Bingo!
So, this year, to ensure Diversity/Balance, I have come up with a plan. I listed all of my goals, and created a Bookish Bingo. Because (like I said in my post about setting reading goals) reading has to be FUN!
And so here it is..
Later this week, I will have a post up discussing these categories (update – here it is!), and also my (tentative) picks for them. I would love your inputs too. Please do leave your suggestions in the comments below. I will certainly keep them in mind while I make my list.
I am open to suggestions in all categories, but am especially looking for suggestion for these- A Book Set in the Future, A Book revolving around World War 2, A book in the Dystopian Genre.