The last couple of nights I haven't gotten to sleep until about quarter to 5. Friday night was intentional; last night was not. During one of my prolonged fits of wakefulness last night, I decided to read through a few friends' friends' posts. I saw a reference in bbbsg's journal to the 50bookchallenge community. I looked it over and decided to join. This evening, I unjoined, since I simply cannot handle the sheer number of posts in a community.
However, I like the purpose behind that community. They have a stated goal of reading at least 50 books during the year. I would very much like to meet that goal, although it seems unlikely I will unless I move to England soon or find a lot more free time on my hands that I don't spend on non-reading activities.
Here's what I've read so far in 2005:
Profiles in Courage
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Life, the Universe and Everything
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
A Grief Observed
In the next month I will be reading Flannery O'Connor's Everything That Rises Must Converge, which is technically a collection of stories but I will count it as a book for the purposes of this tally. Likewise, if I get around to reading the other stories in my book of Victorian Tales that I was reading in early January, I'll include that. I've got lots of titles to choose from for other reading and might start Cryptonomicon, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the second Harry Potter book, or Many Waters.
Anyway, I'm really going to make an effort to read the 50 books, something I've never come close to accomplishing before. I'm just not going to avail myself of the community. Y'all might have to play proxy: that is, I might need to be prodded or encouraged sometimes, and recommendations on titles are always welcome.