Okay, so I didn’t quite make it to 50…
But I still call the experiment a success because I read about 17 more new-to-me books than a normal year. That is, I read:
*19 new books
*13 new authors
*6 books out of my favored genre
*8 five-star books
*4 four-star books
Makes for a pretty good year : ) This project did teach me that when reading a book for the first time, I have trouble setting it down. I tried reading a chapter before going to bed or on my 30 minute lunch break, but it’s rough. If I like the book, I don’t notice that the chapter has finished or I have to stop in the middle of something great. If I don’t like the book, it’s that much harder to return to it and press on. However, it is often harder to find the time to read a book properly, that is in several hour chunks. Finding a balance there is something I hope to achieve going forward.
This year, I think perhaps a 50-book goal is a bit… ambitious, so I’ll be aiming for 25 instead. Good news is, I have the first one of 2013 ready to go.