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!