Psssst, I’m number 885.
“If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.”
- Toni Morrison
I did something stupid.
Something to propel me.
To force me to read more.
Except, I’ll never be able to do it.
The goal to read 100 books in 2010 sounded like a good idea.
Except, I didn’t sign up until July.
And I’d only read 19 books by the time I’d signed up.
Though I’m a speed-reader, reading 81 more is daunting.
I’m bad at math, but even I know there’s less than half-a-year left.
That’s… some amount of days.
What’s half of 365, take away a month or so?
Is that like one every couple of days or something?
Here’s my list of 20 (that I remember) I’ve read this year, so far:
1. What the Dog Saw Malcolm Gladwell
2. Page after Page Heather Sellers
3. Bird by Bird Anne Lamott
4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J.K. Rowling
5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets J.K. Rowling
6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban J.K. Rowling
7. Tantalized Cynthia Leitich Smith
8. Desert Nomad Aubrie Dionne
9. The Many Adventures of Courtesy and Patience Jackee Alston
10. Shiver Maggie Strievfater
11. Hush, Hush Becca Fitzpatrick
12. The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins
13. Girl Coming in for a Landing April Halprin
14. The Lightning Thief Rick Riordian
15. The Sea of Monsters Rick Riordan
16. The Titan’s Curse Rick Riordan
17. On Writing Stephen King
18. Eats, Shoots & Leaves Lynne Truss
19. Because of Winn Dixie Kate DiCamillo
20. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire J.K. Rowling
Each time I finish a book, I’ll add it to the list.
21. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix J.K. Rowling
22. The Graveyard Book Neil Gaiman
23. Under the Table Katherine Darling
24. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince J.K. Rowling
25. Evermore by Alyson Noel
26. Orange Mint and Honey Carleen Brice
27. Secret Lives of Great Authors Robert Schnakenberg
28. The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity Mac Barnett
29. The Accidental Tourist Anne Tyler
30. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows J.K. Rowling
31. Catching Fire Suzanne Collins
32. Mockingjay Suzanne Collins
33. Frindle Andrew Clements
34. The BFG Roald Dahl
35. Gregor the Overlander Suzanne Collins
36. Agent Demystified Authoress
37. Malcifer Aubrie Dionne
38. Paranormalcy Kiersten White
39. The Mouse and the Motorcycle Beverly Cleary
40. More Six-Word Memoirs Edited by Smith Magazine
41. Voices of Ire Aubrie Dionne
42. The Eternal Ones Kirsten Miller
43. Heat Bill Buford
44. Tithe Holly Black
45. How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack Chuck Sambuchino
46. Radiance Alyson Noel
47. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Grace Lin
48. Joey Pigza Swallows the Key Jack Gantos
49. The Force is Middling in This One Robert Kroese
50. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane Kate DiCamillo
51. Firelight Sophie Jordan
52. Whales on Stilts MT Anderson
53. The Hating Game Talli Roland
54. Reckless Cornelia Funke
55. Gregor the Overlander Suzanne Collins
56. The Higher Power of Lucky Susan Patron
57. Personal Demons Lisa Desrochers
58. Gregor the Overlander and the Prophecy of Bane Suzanne Collins
59. Gregor the Overlander and the Curse of the Warmbloods Suzanne Collins
60. Gregor the Overlander and the Marks of Secret Suzanne Collins
61. The Cricket in Times Square George Selden
62. The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen Jacques Pepin
63. Gregor the Overlander and the Code of the Claw Suzanne Collins
64. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone J.K. Rowling
65. The Thief Lord Cornelia Funke
I don’t expect to read 100 books.
Besides, there’s no magical binding contract.
Like in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. (I think.)
I just have to make sure:
It motivates me to read for the joy of reading.
It doesn’t become a chore.
It doesn’t stress me.
And how stupid am I for reading Harry Potter books?
Each one in the series gets bigger.
And I could be reading two or three books for every GIANT one.
So far this summer, my writing schedule has been:
I’m getting less writing accomplished than I was during the school year.
And it’s already my fourth week into summer.
It’s those darned kids, I tell ya.
I feel obligated to pay attention to them.
While I’ve edited, it’s not going as quickly as I’d like.
I had a list of places to query, but have only gotten about five out.
My rough draft of Naked Eye hasn’t received even one new word.
But I think about it all the time.
When I’m not away, I need to devote two hours every morning to writing.
Not blog writing.
Not blog commenting.
Not even critique group editing.
If I call myself a writer, I need to write.
Reading is important too.
For reading will make me a better writer.
But reading can’t replace writing.
When I don’t write, I’m less WHOLE.
How do you balance conflicting desires and responsibilities?
Is anyone else trying to read 100 books in 2010?
How’s it going, so far?
“Easy reading is damn hard writing.”
- Nathaniel Hawthorne