Since the beginning of the year, I made a plan to read and review a book a week. Obviously, I have failed in this endeavour as of today. Lately, I’ve been thinking about my great reading experiment for 2014. As I quoted Neil Gaiman at the beginning of the year: "I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes."And with the tendency to be a bit hard on myself, I have accepted defeat on a certain level, but have taken a long look and plan at the rest of the year in an effort to possibly make it up. Not to you, of course, but to myself. Mistakes are inevitable, but what we do with them defines who we can be.
On average, I probably finish about 20-25 books a year. And I dip into and sample about 2-3 times that many throughout the same time frame. (And I probably buy quadruple that amount – my God what is wrong with me!!) In an effort to be more of a finisher, and not just a beginner, was one of the impetuses of this blog in the last several months. To make up for this discrepancy, according to my Goodreads list I need to read 27 books between now and the rest of the year to end at 52 books read for the year. Having just finished off a week long vacation in which I finished off four novels, I feel I am coming out of my reading funk and ready to tackle this new goal. In looking at this realistically, despite being a voracious reading, I have never been a fast one. So to achieve this goal will take a combination of shorter novels (i.e. The Great Gatsby), a handful of graphic novels, but I won’t shy away from bigger stories that are grabbing my interest (A Prayer of Owen Meaney and the upcoming Stephen King being a couple that I want to read at the moment.)
Now whether I will post a full length review of each book is another matter entirely. At this moment, I don’t plan to. Rather I’ll post reviews of the books that speak to me the most, which I still hope will be about one a week. Not sure how it will turn out, but I haven’t given up defeat. Nor will I.