I don’t talk all that much about books here anymore, especially since I stopped publishing my reviews on the Bookshelf tab. (You can access all my latest reviews on Goodreads and the earlier reviews are all still under the Book Reviews tab.) That doesn’t mean I’ve stopped reading.
Far from it.
I could never stop reading. I’m convinced that in my former life I was an English teacher, what with my love of reading and talking about books and my predilection (some might call it ‘nasty habit’) of correcting peoples’ grammar. And I don’t mean silently.
Resistance is futile. I don’t even try anymore.
So, yes I still read. If anything, my reading is amped up in the summer months, since I have more free time. I usually spend at least an hour working outside every day, and try to get in a few hours of actual work (professors DO work in the summer, contrary to what you may have heard.)
But what is the point of doing all the yardwork, beautifying my yard, if I don’t make time to enjoy it?
I have to remind myself sometimes, but I do make time to enjoy the fruits of my labor, if you will. And that enjoyment usually takes the form of an hour or two of reading, outside, usually here (unless the mosquitoes are too bad, in which case….no.)
I am doing the Reading Challenge on Goodreads, and my official goal is to read 60 books in 2013. But you may recall that I had a few qualms with the Number of books challenge. Namely, that 100 page books “count” the same as 500-page books and this may have been influencing my selection.
So, after looking on Goodreads and discovering I could view the total pages read, I changed my challenge. My goal is to read more pages than I did last year; I read 53 books or 14,604 pages, or an average of 275 pages per book in 2012.
Since we’re at the 6-month(ish) mark, let’s check in, shall we?
So far this year, I’ve read 34 books (7 ahead of the official goal towards 60!) and 9188 pages, for an average of 270 pages per book. I guess I really like books that are just under 300 pages, huh?
This means that I have to read 5417 more pages to “beat” my total from last year. Which means that I am WAY more than 50% of the way there, and since we are just over 50% of the way through the year….I’m doing AWESOME. (Shameless pat on my own back, I know. But someone’s got to do it.)
Of course, being a science nerd also, and lover of spreadsheets, I was a little too excited to see that you can download a .csv file of all the books you’ve added to Goodreads.
So I made one. DUH.
After tinkering with a little bit, I’ve got a list of the 34 books I’ve read this year. And I’m sharing it with you, because, well because that’s what I do here.
By “that”, I mean that I share things that you couldn’t care less about. And you pretend to like it with a comment about how you DO care, because you recognize that my fragile ego will be hurt otherwise. (Thanks for that.)
As you can see, I’m a bit stingy with that 5th star. A rating of three means I liked the book, but it was nothing to write home about. A 4 means I like it a lot and I will probably tell you about it if we start talking about books. A 5? That means I will likely be found yammering about that book at any chance and might even be heard screaming about it from the rooftops.
And….that’s all I have to say about that.
What was the last 5-star book you read? What are you reading right now? Does anything on my list sound like something you want to read?
Any other grammar nazis out there? Speak up! It isn’t anything to be ashamed of! (Ooooh, do you see the irony in that sentence?)