Greetings and Happy New Year.
I hope you’re feeling more like this:
Today I’m launching my 50 Books in 2012 goal. Recently I was at a dinner party and one of the fellow attendees was telling me that she sets a goal to read 50 books each year. I’m an avid reader and thought this sounded like a good goal and plan for the new year.
Reading has always been something I’ve enjoyed. Growing up, I was the kid in the backseat of the van reading my book as our family drove around town or made one of our many road-trips. A “big deal” for me at the time was when my mom allowed me to ride my bike by myself to the Pick-A-Back book exchange in my hometown. I was in heaven – shelves of used paperbacks and I’d earn credit by returning books which just meant I could buy more books. Even with all my access to technology, I still prefer real books! And yes, I’m the one who has to weigh my suitcase based on books, not shoes, when I travel.
I always keep track of books I’ve read; in 2011 I made it through 36 books. A few favorites included Aleph by Paulo Coehlo, Patron Saint of Liars by Anne Patchett, and Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazaro.
So far a few family members have agreed to participate. I’m particularly proud of my niece who jumped at the goal. If you’re interested in participating, send me an email at applesandarteries at gmail.com. Throughout the year I’ll post thoughts on books I’ve read and book recommendations from others.
I’m currently reading Latitudes of Melt by Joan Clark. Time to get back to my book!