I've participated in a couple of the previous rounds. My goal this year is to read more than 21 books, I read 21 books in 2009 so I'm trying to increase that number this year. I'm participating in 52 books in 52 weeks on Ravelry, although I doubt that I'll make 52 books, it is something to strive for.
I always end up with a LONG list for these challenges, I don't get upset if I don't read everything on the list. It is after all a personal challenge and no one is going to cart me off to jail or anything because I don't read them all. So without further ado, my Fall Into Reading 2010 goal list:
Three Junes by Julia Glass
Searching for Paradise in Parker, PA by Kris Radish
blink by Malcolm Gladwell
Buddha in Your Backpack by Franz Metcalf
The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood
The Elegant Gathering of White Snows by Kris Radish
Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot
Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
Knitting by Anne Bartlett
Yarn Harlot, the secret life of a knitter by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Chicks with Sticks (It's a purl thing) by Elizabeth Lenhard
Sushi for Beginners by Marian Keyes
Knitting under the Influence by Claire LaZebnik
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
That's a total of 15 books to be read by December 21, 2010. Okay, how scary is it that it'll be December before we know it?
I follow what's called “The Rule of 50” , it’s interesting because you have to figure age into the equation. According to this rule, if you are under 50 years old, give yourself 50 pages to decide. If you are older than 50, subtract your age from 100 and that’s the max number of pages that you should read before you decide to continue with a book you’re not sure about. Since I am younger than 50, I give myself 50 pages. I put the Poisonwood Bible down before I even got to page 50, decided I wasn’t quite in the mood to read that book but I may pick it up later.
Another thing I like to do is to choose the next book I am going to read by the time I have 50 pages left in the book I'm currently reading.
This time around I'm thinking about writing reviews for each book I read. The reviews wouldn't necessary be super in-depth, probably my basic opinions about the book. What do you think?