Friday, July 27, 2012

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  
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?


  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 :)

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

  3. I am absolutely adoring it so far. I'm nearly finished and may share what I thought about it once I'm done.

  4. 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...

  5. 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.

  6. My goal is always just to read more, not to let months go by between books. Family Matters is SUCH a good book, btw. I love Mistry's writing!

  7. Ya, 50 shades will be an easy breeze for you! Good luck w/ your challenge :) Keep us posted with good book recommendations :)

  8. 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!

  9. I don't usually have goals either and tend to do exactly what you do. It's been kind of fun, though, planning out what I'm going to read and striving for a goal.

  10. Finished! and I LOVED it!

    So sad though. I read about the accident when I was on the subway home from having a drink with a friend. I always seem to end up reading sad parts of books on transit...