Tuesday, January 5, 2010

In the beginning

The purpose of this exercise is primarily to catalog my effort to meet two important reading goals for 2010:

1. Read all of Neal Stephenson's novels.

2. Read 96 books total.

Along the way, I will probably also keep track of the movies and TV shows I'm watching or occasionally a neat article or two. But, mostly books.

Yes, I realize there are applications for keeping track of every book that you've ever read or movie you've ever seen. But, I'd like to have a more in depth record of my first impressions. I also like being able to have some discussions with the two to three other people who have expressed interest in reading this. I've never been one to obsessively keep spreadsheets or lists. I won't be able to keep to any kind of regular posting schedule, but since I have specific goals to track I believe this effort should last much longer than if I was trying to keep any kind of regular diary or talk about my life. My life is not that interesting. The books I read often are and even if they aren't, I can warn you ahead of time.


  1. 96 books! Good luck with that, especially if you're reading Stephenson's books (which routinely hit 900 or so pages)... I'm not sure I've ever read that much in a year. I was going to make a pact with myself to read at least 12 books this year, 24 if I'm lucky:p

  2. I didn't really count how many I read in 2009. It was at least in the sixities or seventies. I have a friend who has pledged to read 95 and I am competing with her.

  3. According to my records, I read about 150 books in 2007. I stopped counting at 96 and guesstimated the rest of the list. And let me tell you, I do not remember many of them. Apparently I liked The Seduction of Water by Carol Goodman, but I can't remember off the top of my head what it's about, aside from water and seducing maybe.

    I think there's a good reason why I didn't read much in 2008 or 2009. I now know that more than 80 books is probably too much of an overload for my brain. I'm not even counting all the articles and blogs I read. Geez, I was out of control!

    I hope this blog helps to keep you sane Sov!