Friday, April 16, 2010

25 books: a reading challenge!

So, I lost track of how many books I've read over the past year (thanks in part to the Patriot Act, which requires libraries to make their check-out records available for perusal by the feds, to which libraries responded by not keeping any records of an item checked out after it's returned), but I think it was something like 15, maybe 20.

Recently, though, my to-read list (which is hundreds of books long, and which I'm sure I'll never finish) has ten books at the top which I consider very urgent. I need to pick up the pace.

And it's not impossible to do. I easily read a book's worth of words on the internet every week or two, often on very transient and inconsequential topics, just killing time. The laptop is just so useful, so ever-present, that it's like attention flypaper. Once I'm on it, it's hard to tear myself away.

So I'm giving myself a challenge: 25 books by my birthday. That's 6 1/2 months away, giving me an average of a book a week with three extra weeks for leeway. Can I do it? I'll keep a running tally of books finished over in the sidebar to help give me incentive to keep up.

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