Friday, September 3, 2010


For all book lovers out there, I have something special for you. I've been using this sheet of paper for almost eight years, and it gets better and better every time I use it.

My version looks a little something like this, only it has a place to put your rating from 1-5. When I was 8, I was totally content with having only 5 numbers to rate with. But as I got older, and the books I was reading got more and more amazing, it slowly morphed to 1-15. I wouldn't recommend that - it gets so utterly confusing. 5 is definitely easier to keep track of.

Since I've been keeping track for so long, I decided that it was time to count the number of books I've read. My grand total: a wopping 410 books!

Now, that's awesome. But here are some goals that I've set and how far I've come.

Goal #1: I told myself that this summer I was going to read 20 books. I thought to myself, no biggy! But when I started telling people, and realized that their reactions were more shocked and amazed than I'd expected, I began to think...well, maybe that's harder than it seems. So I set myself up for the challenge. Well, as of a week ago, I'd read 21 books, dating from June through August. While looking at my book list I thought, "Well, I skimmed two of those books, one because of the content and the other because it was boring in parts. Do those count?" Well, at the beginning of the summer, I started a book of Sherlock Holmes mysteries. What I've read of that this summer, I believe, makes up for the parts of those books that I skimmed. Therefore, I reached and surpassed my goal and read 21 books this summer.

Goal #2: Last year, 2009, I read a total of 60 books. Not bad, but this year, I told myself I was going to read 61 or more. I think I can make it - so far this year, I've read a total of 50 books. Yay! 11 more (and most of those will be for school) and I will be "victorious."

This morning I just read about 50 pages from Crime and Punishment, and am enjoying it so thoroughly that I don't know what I'm going to do when it's over. At the moment, I want it to go on and on and on... Dostoevsky is wonderful!

Happy reading! :)

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