Sunday, January 6, 2008

2007 Reading, 2008 goals-in-development

Well, I’d been shooting for 100, and I’d even had them all planned out on the calendar, but holiday preparations cut seriously into reading time. Here's the last 5:

67. Tears of the Giraffe (audio)
68. Cry of the Kalahari
69. Lion in the Valley (audio)
70. How to Eat Like a Hot Chick
71. Orlando (audio)

Total for the year: 71
7 Fantasy/Horror
17 Mystery
26 non-fiction
10 general fiction
1 science fiction
9 classics

The goal for this year is to read at least 50 books, which might be a hard one to manage given that I will be giving birth in August (again), and may have to resort to the slow reading time of audio books for a while.

I haven’t decided which challenges I’m going to try for this year, but I think I’d better go easy, and make them ones I can either finish quickly, or ones that are spread out over the year. Of course, 10-12 books of my overall reading will be for my book group.

Making a monthly schedule has really helped, with reading and with catch-up reviewing. Having this new baby will mean that I will be losing my office for a while (until we can buy/build another one), and many of my books will be in storage. Part of my organizing task will be to pack what I know I won't get to, and to figure out which I absolutely have to keep in the house (mostly reference material).

I won’t count books that are carrying over from 2007, nor rereads (unless it has been so long that I barely remember anything about the book—like from high school days).

I’ve started Murder on a Bad Hair Day, by Anne George, and might even finish it tonight.