So Goodreads is telling me I’m behind in my 2012 reading target – 16% behind, to be precise – and I don’t like it one bit. Plus, it’s December already!
Since I’m an engineer, I can’t help obsessing about numbers. My target for the year is to read 50 books. I finished 38 already and I’m now working on book #39 and #40. I’ve read more than 38, actually, but I exclude some from the list because they’re too light or short. That leaves me with 10 more books to go this month. Last year, I read the most books in December, so there’s still hope for me.
I think I can do it. No. I know I can.
I just have to alter my strategy a bit. Maybe I’ll target books that range between 150-300 pages, and leave those 500+ pages biographies for next year. But then again, biographies have a way of sucking me into their world, accelerating my reading speed. The biggest problem, though, is that I don’t have enough medium-sized books to make 50 yet. Right now, this is my list for the rest of the year:
39. On Writing Well by William Zinsser
40. The Prophets by Abraham J. Heschel (which I may have to ditch and pick up next year since it’s like…700 pages long!)
41. Every Good Endeavor by Timothy Keller
42. The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller
43. The Prince of the Marshes by Rory Stewart
I’m very excited about #41-43, so there should be no problem finishing them (#41 and #42 are arriving today via Amazon shipment. Woohoo!). But now it gets trickier, and the rest is still tentative.
44. A Governor’s Story by Jennifer Granholm
45. William Wilberforce’s book (long, old English)
46. John Newton’s biography (long)
47. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
And I still don’t have good candidates for #48-50. Need help. Any recommendations?