I have reached the first major milestone of the year– 25 Books. I appreciate all of the encouragement and the many reading suggestions offered by my faithful readers. I promise I am not ignoring your suggestions, but it can take a while to find certain books at HPB. Eventually I hope to read all of the recommended titles. That’s one of the goals yet to be reached. For now, I want to look back at the one I have accomplished.
I finished my twenty-fifth book last night, on the ninety-first day of the year. That puts my pace at 1 book/3.64 days. Right on schedule. I had hoped to be ahead of that pace after Spring Break, but certain events slowed me down. Perhaps in the summer I can build a cushion to make up for fatigue in the home stretch. I am averaging right at 210 pages per book. My selections have been fairly diverse so far, and I hope to keep that trend going. Here is the breakdown so far:
9 Novels: Cancer Ward, The Sirens of Titan, Rosshalde, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, The Lacuna, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Beneath the Wheel, The Godfather, The Prophet
6 Histories/Biographies: The River War, Churchill: An Unruly Life, A Moveable Feast, History of the Crusades, The Gallic Commentaries, My African Journey
4 Philosophies: Of the Conduct of the Understanding, Human, All Too Human, Dialogue on Good, Evil, and the Existence of God, Arguing About War
3 Dramas: The Comedy of Errors, Julius Caesar, Hamlet
1 Short Story Collection: Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned
1 Poetry Collection: A Boy’s Will
1 Reference Book: The Elements of Style
Later this week I will post my top five from the first twenty-five. Until then, thanks again for reading the blog!
Go, go, go! I’m right behind you with 21 🙂 thanks for inspiring me to even consider a Reading Challenge for myself
Thanks for the support! 21 without a challenge is impressive, keep it up!
Very impressive. May I suggest an audio book while driving or exercising to boost your numbers? Also, perhaps you could use some lighter fare and perhaps a real page-turner. I suggest Lawrence Block’s Grifter’s Game or Charles Williams’ A Touch Of Death. They’re both about 200 pages ea., too. Good, uncomplicated crime fiction from back in the heyday. I must say that you’ve influenced me to set a goal this year–I’m going for 50–so thanks.
Thanks for the great suggestions, I will definitely check them out! I thought about audiobooks, but decided that I want to limit my challenge to books that I actually read myself. Good luck with your goal, keep me posted on your progress!
I’m on no. 11 now (although that figure includes two audio books–I’m in the midst of the second presently).
At that pace you should definitely be able to hit 50 before the end of the year. Keep it up!