January 27th, 2005


The Books I Read: 2004 Roundup

Several years ago, in order to force myself to read more of the lovely books which I own, I made a pact to not buy any new books until I'd read 10 that I owned. So I started a list of books that I read and when I finished them. The pact was over before the first month (when one local bookstore went out of business and I bought 3 books, making me 30 books behind in reading!) But I kept the record up ever since. One thing that I do not put in my "Books I Have Read" list are books that I have reread. So all of the New Adventures of Doctor Who which I reread in the past few years didn't make it on the list.

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I liked the idea behind my pact, but I lack the willpower to carry it out. However, keeping track of my read books has helped me concentrate on reading books which I've owned FOREVER but have never read. I used to buy books from the Troll Book Club and other school-sponsored book clubs. God, I miss those days! Books like Oliver Twist, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Journey to the Center of the Earth, and Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates have sat on my shelves for years. But I'm slowly getting through them. I finished The Old Man and the Sea (a gift from my father to coach me in writing shorter sentences - might have helped if I'd read it) last night. I'm going to tackle Washington Irving tonight. Perhaps I'll sample Jules Verne next week.

Ahem, so many books, so much time putzed away on the computer writing this all up... So anyhoo, I thought I'd compile a list of, say the top 10 books that I read in 2004. And for those of you keeping score at home, I'll include the top 13 books I read in 2003 (from an e-mail I sent to a mostly quiet book mailing list I'm on).

First off, however, my stats since I've been keeping score:

  • From Jun of 2001 to Dec 31 of 2001, I read 27 books.

  • For all of 2002, I read a mere 22 books (eep!)

  • I managed to read 33 books in 2003.

  • And now, for 2004, I managed 40 books. Woohoo!

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Gah, I've taken too long as it is. Perhaps tomorrow I'll post my top 13 books from 2003. Or maybe I'll stay offline and just read. *snerk* Come on, who's kidding whom, here?
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