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Reading Summary (or, how well did I do?)

If you'll recall, back in early March I set myself a goal of reading 50 books during 2005. I know, for a few of you that's not much of a challenge; but for me it's quite daunting.

Alas, I fell woefully short. But how short? I knew I haven't read close to 50, but I really couldn't tell you off the top of my head whether I'd even reached the halfway mark. Thus, I decided to go back and make a tally of the books I've read this year.

Here they are (if I'm not forgetting anything):

  1. Kennedy, John F.: Profiles in Courage
  2. Adams, Douglas: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  3. Adams, Douglas: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
  4. Adams, Douglas: Life, the Universe and Everything
  5. Adams, Douglas: So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
  6. Adams, Douglas: Mostly Harmless
  7. Gaiman, Neil: American Gods
  8. Lewis, C.S.: A Grief Observed
  9. Stephenson, Neal: Cryptonomicon
  10. O'Connor, Flannery: Everything That Rises Must Converge
  11. Akutagawa, Ryūnosuke: Rashomon and Other Stories
  12. Cisneros, Sandra: The House on Mango Street
  13. Conrad, Joseph: Heart of Darkness (the Norton Critical Edition with a bunch of background text and critical essays, making the book 3 times as long as the novelette)
  14. Angelou, Maya: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  15. Wells, H.G.: The War of the Worlds
  16. Lewis, C.S.: The Magician's Nephew
  17. Lewis, C.S.: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  18. Lewis, C.S.: The Horse and His Boy
  19. Lewis, C.S.: Prince Caspian
  20. Lewis, C.S.: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader
  21. Lewis, C.S.: The Silver Chair
  22. Lewis, C.S.: The Last Battle
  23. Asimov, Isaac: The Naked Sun
  24. Heinlein, Robert A.: Stranger in a Strange Land
  25. Alexander, Lloyd: The Book of Three
  26. Wibberley, Leonard: The Mouse That Roared

By the end of the year I will have also finished:

  1. Anthony, Piers: On a Pale Horse
  2. Lewis, C.S.: The Four Loves
  3. Proulx, Annie: Close Range: Wyoming Stories (or, at the very least, "Brokeback Mountain," which is in this collection)

That would bring my total for the year to 29, just past halfway. I think I'm going to push for 30, so that I can at least say I accomplished 60% of my goal.

Yeah, I fell far short. But you know what, I think this is quite possibly the most reading I've done in a year. If I hadn't gotten involved in two rugby seasons, a 7-month relationship, and Merry Wives of Windsor (or chosen one book that was about 1000 pages long), it's quite possible I would have come closer to my goal. But I wouldn't make that trade. I cherish my experiences with rugby, K, and MWoW, and the books will still be there next year.


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 16th, 2005 07:20 pm (UTC)
If you're not too sick of the C.S. Lewis, try "Till We Have Faces." It's my favorite of his books...and I really like his books.
Dec. 16th, 2005 07:32 pm (UTC)
I don't think I can get sick of Lewis. Last year I read Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, A Problem of Pain, and Miracles. On my bookshelf, still unread, are The Weight of Glory and The Abolition of Man</a>. Some day I'd like to read Bunyan's A Pilgrim's Progress and follow it up with Lewis' A Pilgrim's Recess. Plus, I really want to read his Space Trilogy. I will definitely put Till We Have Faces on the list!
Dec. 17th, 2005 07:23 am (UTC)
Cathy is currently reading the Narnia set. I'm still bogged down in Cryptonomicon. I've been doing other things, too -- mostly with the computer. I once more have both computers downstairs talking with my network. I also got the VCR set-up working so that I can record old tapes to DVD. I just found a box with some tapes of your high school performances and football that I plan to commit to plastic disks in some remote future.
Dec. 19th, 2005 09:48 pm (UTC)
Re: books
Cryptonomicon was a big reason why I didn't read more books this year, but I felt it was worth the time to read.
Dec. 19th, 2005 11:30 pm (UTC)
Re: books
I agree with its value, but I have many other excuses for not reading more.
Dec. 19th, 2005 11:31 pm (UTC)
Re: books
I agree with its value, but I have many other excuses for not reading more.
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