Photo Friday: Books and a Goal

I think I might be crazy.

I think it’s a good crazy, but a crazy none-the-less.

See, yesterday at around 3 in the afternoon, I popped onto twitter and saw this tweet:

@RandomHouseCALooking to tackle your reading pile? Join our #OlympicReadathon 

Well, no. I don’t really have a ‘reading pile’. I don’t make must-read lists. I see a book, I’m interested in reading it, I read it. True, there are a few that I’d love to read that I haven’t yet, but that has more to do with a) funds and b) lack of forsight to set holds at the library.

Even so, I was intrigued. I did some research, a little thinking about the logistics, then signed myself up, a house blogger in the midst of all those book bloggers. Why not? I miss reading the way I used to, the way I used to before I decided I should do a BA in English Literature.

(Don’t get me wrong: I love that I have a BA in English Literature and I would most definitely go get it again if I had to do it all over again. But it does take the pure joy out of plowing through a book and loving it just for the sake of loving it.)

Now I have a goal. 1000 pages between today and August 12th. That’s about 60 pages a day, no skipping days, especially on the weekends. Last night, I hemmed over my bookshelf for a while before selecting two books that I picked up from a free book table in my neighbourhood last week. I added my Kobo to the top of the pile, with Wuthering Heights loaded on it. And, I’ve still got 177 pages to go in the book I started last week.

Here they are:

I know I’m not the only house blogger who reads. Do you set reading goals?

0 thoughts on “Photo Friday: Books and a Goal

  1. I loved the book The Girls. We read it at my book club and everyone enjoyed it. Let me know what you think of it! Good luck and happy reading!


  2. I agree with ya…if i see something that I think it'll be a good read then I'll read it but i dont have a must read list. I have a must read list for wedding magazines though πŸ™‚

    I totally jumped onto the bandwagon of reading 50 shades of grey though… did you read it?

  3. I haven't read 50 Shades of Grey. I haven't been interested in quick reads recently, like 50 Shades, which is going to make this challenge interesting. The last two books I read were Jane Eyre and Madame Bovary (with a break for a not particularly good quick read, Open House by Elizabeth Berg), in that order. I've been loving getting into the parts of the canon that I didn't get a chance to touch while I was doing my degree. Picking such serious books like Wuthering Heights and Family Matters could be the death of me in this challenge though…

  4. I can't say I have a reading pile or reading goals, I usually read everyday on my lunch break and if its something really good, I try to squeeze in some more reading time before and after work. When I see some new books I want to read I just download them onto my Kobo reading for when I'm done what I'm currently reading. Lately I've seen quite a few I want to read so my pile hasn't depleated and I haven't had to look for anything to read next. I just pick the one that seems the most interesting or the style I'm in the mood for.

  5. I started it on the weekend and am falling in love with it!

    I know what you mean… I do the same thing. When I was a kid, I could jump from book to book really easily but now, I always have to take a few days to reset my brain. That's not allowed for the next few weeks!

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