mechanicaljewel (mechanicaljewel) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

My Goals for 2011

Hi everyone!  I'm new this year, and I'm really excited about this.  I used to read voraciously, but over the past few years, the Internet and life rapidly encroached on my reading time.  One of my resolutions is to carve out reading-only time.  Another is my real purpose here.

I'm not going to challenge myself to read 50 books.  I'm going to challenge myself to read all the books I own that I have not finished or ever read.  And as it currently stands, according to my LibraryThing catalog, I'm looking at 54 unfinished books and 239 unread books.  But I know there are books tucked around my apartment that I haven't even cataloged yet!  (Of course, there are probably also some that I got rid of months ago during my last purge.) Some of these books I got last week, some of them last century.  And every year I swear that I'm going to read more books than I buy, but that has never worked out. 

However, this leaves me with a logistical challenge. ~300 books in 360 days is a pretty tall order, especially with school and work.  But, I think there is some hope for me.  12 of the unfinished and 53 of the unread are comics/graphic novels/manga, about 20 or so are short story collections and anthologies.  A handful are plays and poetry collections.  And I have no problem reading more than one book at a time. 

So if you were me, how would you do this?  I was thinking that I'd do theme months (one month for comics, one month for YA, one month for biographies), but it would probably take more time to figure out the best way to do that then it would to actually read them.  Or if you just want to warn me that some of my books suck so hard they're not worth reading at all?

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