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Marion’s 2022 Reading Challenge

I have seen quite a few reading challenges on social media in the few past days.  A new year is coming and readers are posting their challenges on how many books they want to read in 2022.  Or what types of books they want to focus on reading in the new year and so forth.

Well, I have decided on a different reading challenge for 2022.  I will not buy any new or used books in 2022.  I will be reading from my own shelf: both physical and digital. I’m beginning to realize that I’m becoming more of a book collector than a reader.  I get it.  We live in a culture that promotes and values what’s new.  And the anticipation of something coming is much more interesting than something you already have.  Unfortunately, many readers have enough books to read for quite awhile.  I thought this type of challenge is worth pursuing and a great test for me.

I have only two exceptions to my reading challenge:

1) If someone buys you a new book as a gift (this was out of your control)

2) You get the book from the library (if you already have it as an eBook or audio book) and want to read the physical copy

That’s it!

The goal of this reading challenge is not to buy books ever again.  Far from it.  But, it is to take a step back and read what you have already and not something new.  For example, I have several book twos in a series on my shelves to read like The Hidden Palace by Helene Wecker (the follow-up to The Golem and the Jinni), Shadowhouse Fall by Daniel Jose Older (the follow-up to Shadowshaper), Written in Starlight by Isabel Ibanez (the follow-up to the wonderful Woven in Moonlight), Bright Shards by Meg Pechenick (the follow-up to Ascending), & The Wizard by the late Gene Wolfe (the follow-up to The Knight) to name a few.

I’m looking to reading those books and many others from my own collection.  I know this will not be an easy challenge because I have a couple of novels that are coming out next year I want to read.  I decided to pre-order Kali Fajarado-Anstine’s Woman of Light & one of my favorite novelists, Guy Gavriel Kay’s All The Seas of the World a few days ago as not to buy them next year when they are released.

I’m glad that my friend Julie Strauss from Best Book Ever Podcast has decided to join me on this reader challenge.  I discussed this challenge with her last month as we recorded a podcast about Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower. I’m looking forward to that podcast being aired in January. This blog post is now public record of that part of the conversation and hopefully we will both succeed in this challenge.  If anyone else wants to join us, the invitation is open to you. I’m looking forward to it!

Can an all-time favorite book be reread?

Can you one of your all-time favorite books be read more than once and is still an all-time favorite? That’s the question I’ve been coming to terms with after reading Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler for the third time recently. Parable of the Sower is on the shortlist of my all-time favorite books… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Story Review 3: Speech Sounds by Octavia E. Butler

What if you lived in a society where speaking is a threat to the social order? Octavia Butler speculated on the aforementioned question in her Hugo Award-winning short story, Speech Sounds. I came across this story when it was discussed on the Novel Pairing Podcast. The discussion was interesting, and I had to read the… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 50: Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

I want to update a review from 2012 for one of my all-time favorite novels, Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler. Parable of the Sower is the story of Lauren Olamina, a teenager growing up in a grim LA suburb where their gated community provided a semblance of a normal life while anarchy reigned… Continue Reading

Marion’s Black Author Reading List

I have been deeply affected (and many Americans) by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25th. Seeing a human being die like that should never happen in a civilized society. As a black man, I saw my worst fears come to light once again. Also, I’m a book lover, author, and book… Continue Reading

Book Review 92: Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler

There has not been a novel that caused such discomfort, challenge my assumptions, or made me defensive while reading like Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler. It is the sequel to Parable of the Sower and continues Lauren Olamina’s quest to create a new religion, Earthseed, in a believable and frightening post-apocalyptic America reminiscent… Continue Reading