After counting the unconscionable number of books I read last year that apparently had only white characters, I realized that I need to do a better job of planning my 2016 reading.

Are you surprised I counted? My question is, why aren’t we ALL counting?
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For 2015 I had a few goals:
Read consciously.
Actively pursue reading diversely.
Read diversely.
Read work by diverse authors, across a diverse spectrum. This included reading books I didn’t want to read (more on this later).
Read a lot.
When I’m writing a lot, reading feels distracting. Too bad, I told myself. I wanted to know more about what was being published.
Listen up.
Listen diversely to what books are being talked about on Twitter
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I’m almost recovered from my weekend at SCBWI. I’ll start with all the new things to read: Henry H. Neff, The Hound of Rowan I was fortunate enough to be in Henry’s critque group at the World Building Intesive; he’s an insightful and endlessly kind…

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I had some plans, both for reading and writing this week, but then Kate Messner‘s 59 Reasons to Write showed up and now everything else is on hold until I’m done. If the blog goes quiet for a couple of days, you’ll know why. I…

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Going from reading about the overcrowding and disorder in New York’s Five Points neighborhood (eight people or more to a two-room apartment) to the ladies room at AMC Lincoln Square just after “The Lego Movie” let out.

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The rest of the reading box is a mix of kid lit and adult, chiefly non-fiction.

Read More The 2015 Reading List, Part 2

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Here’s what I have planned while I’m on leave from writing.  I’d like to find one book that’s as much fun as Gabrielle Zevin’s  “Chocolate Trilogy” or as out-and-out good as Lauren Oliver’s “Before I Fall” (more on this later).
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