It often strikes me as amusing that, for as much as we love our words, we bloggers often tend to get caught up in our numbers.
Keeping statistics (sometimes elaborate and complicated ones) chronicling our reading is very much the norm for many book bloggers - yours truly included. The Husband refers to my doing so as "the book blogger version of Fantasy Football."
As much I try not to be concerned about things like the number of books I'm on track to read in a year or how many books I've read to meet certain challenge requirements, sometimes it's too irresistible not to do so.
Last night I finished my 50th book of the year (Marcelo in the Real World, by Francisco X. Stork). For some reason, 50 books always seems to serve as some sort of personal threshold for me. Perhaps it comes from a time (early-parenthood) when I couldn't even fathom that there would come a day when I would be able to once again read 50 books a year. Maybe it is tangible proof that I really do read at least one book a week - not too shoddy of an accomplishment. Whatever it is, something gets triggered when I hit that 50 book mark.
With the calendar page turned to October, it seemed to me that this milestone came especially late in the year. Earlier this spring and summer, when we were getting the house ready for sale, my reading slowed down considerably. But it has picked up pace lately, especially in regard to my consumption of audiobooks. I decided to do what any good book blogger would do. When I went back into the vault and saw my Sunday Salon post for October 3, 2010, I discovered that I reached the 50th book milestone this same time last year.
Given that I read 79 books last year, that's encouraging. Still, I have my doubts that I have 29 more books in me for the remainder of 2011 ... but we shall see, won't we?
Related to all this craziness, September saw me finishing these 5 books (one of which was an audiobook). Links take you to my reviews:
Marriage Confidential: The Post-Romantic Age of Workhorse Wives, Royal Children, Undersexed Spouses, and Rebel Couples Who Are Rewriting the Rules, by Pamela Haag
It's hard to count this one as a book I finished this month, because eagle-eyed readers may recognize this as a book I was reading just prior to our move in August. I had to return it to the library unfinished, but I was able to get it from my new library and finish the last 100 or so pages.
Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen (audiobook)
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs
For today, I think I will be starting off the week by catching up on as many of your blogs as possible. This weekend, we're all-sports, all-the-time in this house, with football on TV today and of course, the same for baseball. I need to catch up on some work from this week, perhaps make a soup in the crockpot (it is a rainy and cold day here, so I'm thinking along the lines of some kind of potato soup or perhaps split pea) and a dinner or two for later in the week. Hopefully I'll also have a chance to start in on what seems to be the perfect rainy day book, Nathaniel Hawthorne's The House of the Seven Gables. (I'm participating in the group read being hosted by Frances and Audrey that is part of this year's R.I.P. Challenge.) I also have this on audio, so I'll be listening to this in the car during my work travels this week.
Hope your literary travels take you to exciting places this week!
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