With the end of the year fast approaching I thought that it would be good to give you guys an update. If you have been following along you will have noticed that I have not finished all of the books on “the list”. It was a lofty goal when I set out on this adventure and I had a feeling that I wouldn’t be able to finish all of them in 12 months. Someone said recently that I would have to read a book every three days to finish in that amount of time. If all I had to do was read books and blog about what I think about them I may have been able to finish. With that said, life gets in the way. We moved, which was about a week long adventure. My commute was drastically cut; I’m not complaining but that also cuts into my reading time. And work…a girl’s gotta eat after all.
Now I’ll break it down for you guys:
In these 12 months I have read: 20 books (some only count as one on “the list”; His Dark Materials and The Lord of the Rings)
That brings the count on the list to: 31
That leaves: 69 books left to read. Again, some of these are actual series. The Chronicles of Narnia and The Faraway Tree Collection to name a couple. Also, some of the ones left are just plain gigantic. Now, I’m not afraid of large books, I once read The Autobiography of King Henry VIII; With Notes By His Fool. At just over a thousand pages that was no easy feat, but I prevailed.
I now also own: 46 books from the list. I don’t think I mentioned before that I want to own all these books as well. One day I want to be able to look at my children and point to a certain bookshelf and says “look what mom did…she read all of those great books!” For Christmas this year I am asking for books or gift-cards so I can buy more books.
Like I said when I first started doing this I WILL finish! There is no such thing as defeat or giving up, it just may take me a little longer than I first thought.
Since it is close to the end of the year here are my favorites from the past 12 months: The Secret History, Life of Pi, Wuthering Heights, A Prayer for Owen Meany, His Dark Materials, and Pride & Prejudice. All of the books I read this year were all amazing, but these were all books that I couldn’t seem to put down and ones that I will read again.
In other news: I am breaking one of my rules. When I started on this journey I said I wouldn’t read anything that wasn’t on the list. A few people have come up to me and said “Oh, Em, you gotta read this book I just finished.” Nope…it’s not on “the list”. Last week, though, I went to a book signing. I won’t go into too much detail because I will be writing a blog about my experience, but I met Damien Echols who is a true inspiration. Again, if you don’t know who he is you will after my next post. His book, Life After Death, is not on the list but I can’t not read it. So far it is just as inspiring as hearing him speak. So, I am breaking my own rules, but since I am the sole member of this book club I can’t get into too much trouble.