50 books a year

I haven’t posted in a while, mostly due to a lot of things I won’t be getting into here (the holidays are one of them, though). I’ve been slowly getting back into reading, although it’s rather slow going. Reason for this is that ever since college, a lot of other interests/activities took up my time, and I was around people who did not really read. Now, that’s even more difficult, given the fact that I work full-time, work on freelance projects, work on my hobbies-turned-responsibilities. And then I have to read. And, read what?

I have a couple of books on my currently-reading and to-read reading list, which I’m hoping to finish. I had the thought that it was probably high time to do something concrete about this, and what better time than now, just before new year? I’ve decided that I’m going to read 50 books next year — at least 30 of them new books. I will read 50 books. That’s roughly one book a week. I can finish one book a day (unless it’s very long and doesn’t grab me early enough) so this should be “easy”, even with full-time work. I initially thought of 100 a year, but I didn’t want to be too ambitious (especially because of work!), as this isn’t like movies which you can finish in two-three hours.

I already have a few which I know will be on that list. I’m still working with Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, and like I mentioned in my journal, I have Orhan Pamuk’s My Name is Red as well. I’ve put some other books back on my to-buy list, like Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea and Mineko Iwasaki’s Geisha: A Life. I have a few books I was to revisit, like Noli me Tangere and Florante at Laura which were both required reading in high school, but ones I feel I should like reading in a non-academic setting. So, I already have a few books slotted for the 50, and I made a progress meter as well:

[pfmeter id=2 target=50 progress=1]

Still zero, obviously. ;) I’m excited! Anyone care to join me? (I’ll probably put a page up somewhere with my running list soon.)


  • […] I’m liking the fact that having a goal for the year (50 books) is spurring me to rediscover my love for reading. I’ve always loved reading as a child all the way ’til I was in high school, but when college came and I was caught up in the Whole New World of software, web development, and of course Having A Boyfriend — I did not read as much as I should have (nor write, for that matter). I read here and there but I probably read only five new books a year; quite a disgrace. […]

  • Good luck, Lisa! :D Ya books are such easy reads, I finished one in two days, just reading at night when I’m done with work (if I didn’t have other things I need to do, I’d have finished it earlier, too). I’m already plotting to stock up on a few YA books XDDD but I’m hoping to also broaden my reading list, too. :D

  • I read over 50 last year but I have to admit 3/4 were YA books. I was having a hard time concentrating on most books. Hopefully this year isn’t a repeat! ;)

  • Good luck din! I figured one a week wasn’t too bad, and right now while I’m reading YA fantasy eh feeling ko I could even devour two a week XD I think the book ban is a good idea — at least you get the reading list down! :D

  • This is interesting. :) Haha I have a lot of books on hold here, but I doubt I’d reach 50. I could try though. But I’m on buying book ban until June or so…I spent most of my money in Doulos last weekend. :D New books! Haha.

    Good luck!

  • Eee yay! So far I’m doing quite good with it, I’m on my third book — one book a week. I mean to put them all up with reviews and such here soon, there’s just no time to, plus I can’t find a good WP plugin which I can use :P Boo! XDD

    I also commute long distances, but I get very sick if I attempt to read while in transit. :)

  • I’ll join you! I managed to read 50 books in 2006, and hope to do it again in 2007. My list/post is here and I’ll also be posting updates and reviews at my book review site, the Athenaeum. =)

    I’m kinda lucky in a way, as I commute long distances to work each day, and get to pack a lot of reading in whilst travelling. ;) If you read a little bit each day, you’ll definitely be able to do it!

  • I did not know about that LJ Comm! :O Bad Angela! 12 books in 2 days would be… well, a strain on the eyes at the very least ;) hee!

    I’m excited! :D I’m going to join that book comm :D hee hee! Thanks for pointing that out!

  • Yay, books! :D

    I’ve failed reading 50 books in 2006: http://www.uinen.com/fifty.php (I don’t think I will be able to read 12 books in 2 days ;)) but I’m going to try again in 2007. :)