Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Ack! I'm woefully behind on my reading goal for 2009!

Thus far, I have only read 52 books this year. I know, that sounds like a lot. But in both 2007 and 2008, I read 69. So to me, 52 is a sad, sad number!

Can I read 17 books in the next month? In between writing a novel, sending out query letters, working, holidays and two birthdays?

Doesn't sound particularly feasible, does it? But I have a plan!

I've got a book I read before I go to bed. I've got a book I'm listening to in the car. And another on my iPhone to read while I'm standing in line, etc. and yet another to listen to while I'm walking/running.

And while I'm trying not to choose the shortest books I possibly can, I'm also not choosing the longest books. (Gone with the Wind and War and Peace will just have to wait till next year.)

Don't forget that around Christmas and New Year's, I should have more reading time available since everything slows down. I'm hoping that there's another crazy three weeks of unheard of snowfall and we're forcibly housebound again. That was so fun last year! (Well, except for the part that my parents' flight in was canceled and they had to miss my birthday. That part was a bummer.)

Now it's late (almost 11pm), so I'm going to open up the book on my iPhone while I have a quick snack. Then, I'll read the book next to my bed while I'm falling asleep.

(BTW, I've come up with a fantastic new idea for reading in bed at night. Usually I go to bed before Scott (so I can read and he can watch his icky SciFi shows) and I always seem to fall asleep with the light on. I can feel myself falling asleep, but I'm too comfy to reach up and turn off the lamp on my nightstand. Now I use my booklight instead of the lamp, so when I start dozing off, all I have to do is push the button and the light is off. No more reaching up out the comfy depths of sleep to turn off a lamp.)

And progress toward my goal will be made!


Mandajuice said...

This made me curious to see how many books I've read this year and it was... scary. There are 130 on my kindle and after I took away the samples/things I didn't read, there were 116 books.

I bought the kindle in JUNE. I have no idea how many books I read before then (not that many, though, because I was busy writing).


And that doesn't even count the dozen or so library books I also read this year.

If anything, my goal for 2010 will be to read LESS.

Barbara said...

I've read or listened to 35, the most for me in many years.

Kate said...

Mom, don't you just love retirement? :)