I’ve noticed there are a lot of people out there in the literary portion of the blogosphere engaged in a “50 book challenge” — an effort to read 50 books in a year. I’m not sure where it started, but it’s a great idea and a great challenge. Especially for those of us who are not exactly what you’d call speed-readers. Some people can read a book in a couple days, but I’m not one of them (I can only wish).
However, even though I’m reading more this year than in any previous year of my life, I still don’t think I’m gonna make it to 50. The year is almost half over and right now I’ve read 17 books, and working on numbers 18 and 19. So optimistically, I might make it to 40. But then, quite a few of the books on my “unread books” shelf are long ones, so I’m aiming for a respectable goal of 35 this year.
Next year, maybe we’ll raise the bar and actually go for 50!
Along with the numerical goal, though, I also have another goal for myself. I’d like to read, during this year, science fiction from every decade of the 20th century. I think I’ve got the majority covered already, but I still need to fill in the earlier parts of the century, specifically the 1900′s, 1910′s, 1920′s, and the 1940′s. If anyone has any favorites from those periods, I’d love to hear your suggestions.
Excuse me, I have to go read now……