The challenge to read 52 books in a calendar year is another something that I came across on Stringing Words, where Eileen and Roma have been starting threads for tracking our yearly readings for the past few years.
I didn’t join in the 52-books fun until July the fourth of last year – at which point I had only 12 books that I could remember reading in 2011 to date, so I was going in with a huge lead to make up. But I had fun reading and keeping track of what I was reading, and by the thirty-first of December, I had thirty-four books listed, which means, I guess, that I read twenty-two books during the second half (or so) of the year, and wasn’t really on pace to get to 52 even if I hadn’t started behind. But that was just the warm-up lap, not really for serious.
This year, I’m bound and determined to get to 52, and I plan to not let myself slip behind. So far, my count stands at six books:
- Darwin’s Radio, by Greg Bear.
- Door to Alternity: The Unseen Trilogy, by Nancy Holder and Jeff Mariotte.
- More than Human, by Theodore Sturgeon.
- The Time Machine, by H. G. Wells.
- Long Way Home: The Unseen Trilogy, by Nancy Holder and Jeff Mariotte.
- Vampire Diaries: The Struggle, by LJ Smith.
The books from the ‘Unseen trilogy’ are all e-books that I bought a long time ago, and was reading on particular portable devices that were properly authorized to access their DRM – Door to Alternity was in an old Adobe DRM format, (before the new ‘Digital Editions’ standard,) and would read happily only on my palm tungsten, and ‘Long Way Home’ was Microsoft Reader DRM and was authorized for my HP pocket PC. I could probably have read either of them on a PC as well, but it’s been nice reading while riding the bus to work or back home every day.
And the other four titles, I read in audible format, from audible.com I’m still working on ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’ in paperback, but it seems like I only pick that up once or twice every week or so.
If you’d like to join in the challenge, you can come over to Stringing Words and sign up to the forums there, and/or check out a blog dedicated to the challenge: Read 52 books in 52 weeks.
I’ve read 6 too, but two of them were cheats – one was a novella and one a short story. 😉 Still, they’re on GoodReads so they count!!
My goal this year is 42 books.
I have found that setting my goal at Goodreads and then keeping track of what I read there is a great way for me to not have to really remember how much I’ve read so far this year. Independently of your Read 52 in 52, I set my goal as the same and right now am at 5/52. Good luck with your goal!
I’m only starting book 4, but two of my books were close to 900 pages, so i’m going to give myself some leeway!
Hey, you’re one book ahead of me. But I’m half done with two I’m reading, so I’ll catch up soon. 🙂
I read “The Time Machine”last year and thought it was pretty cool. Made my homeschooled son read it too, and he was surprised that he found it ‘pretty cool’. 🙂