in saturday’s k-w record, there was a column written by chuck erion, the former (now retired) owner of words worth books. in the article (click here to read it, if you want), mr erion discusses his 2011 goal of reading 52 books in one year. he shares a couple of his favourite choices, and how much of his goal he achieved.
can you guess how many books he has read this year? remember: this gentleman is a former professional in the book world!
got your guesstimate?
[stalling before i give you the answer…]
i was surprised! i would have thought this number would be higher! although if some of his choices were 500+ pages, i’ll grant him some slack [actually, i wish he had given his whole list of 2011 reads, instead of just three recommendations].
i did a quick tally of how many books i’ve read this calendar year. if i get through the time traveler’s wife (still 150 pages to go! yikes!) by december 31st, i’ll have read at least six books this year. i say “at least,” because i’m pretty sure i forgot to write down some titles. [shades of my grandpa c, i have a coil-bound notebook, dating back to 2004, where i record the date i finish a book, the title, the author, and my out-of-four-stars review].
here’s what i have:
the hour i first believed ~ wally lamb (started it in 2010, but finished it january 25th, so i’m counting it)
[in my log, i have the word “missing” written here…if i could write down missing, why could i not record titles?!]
the help ~ katherine stockett
[i know i had a few starts and stops in here as nothing was matching the excellence of the help].
sizzling sixteen ~ janet evanovich
sloppy firsts ~ megan mccafferty
american wife ~ curtis sittenfeld
[a few more ditched-after-a-valiant-effort books, here, including the girl with the dragon tattoo].
et c’est tout!
i wonder if i can time my pacing so i finish the time traveler’s wife on december 31st – i’d love to welcome january 1st, 2012 with a brand new read!
how many books have you read this year? 2011’s 6-ish total is a low year, for me.
how many books did you guess for mr erion’s final total? i would have predicted he could do 40, at least.
as you know, it’s all christmas all the time here in kiki-land. and i fully intended to show your our festively decorated lobby for the condo building, in today’s blog post. the lobby looks so warm and welcoming – it’s simply lovely. but we’re ditching that idea because i have news to share that trumps christmas. yes, it is so.
when i was linking up to chuck erion’s column, another entertainment headline caught my eye:
madonna is performing at the super bowl half time show.
(click here for the link to the newsflash).
to say i am excited to learn this news is the understatement of the month. remember: on my life bucket list is “see madonna live, in concert.” watching a superbowl half-time show on a big-screen tv is one step closer to that dream??!!
february 5th. late aft/early eve. you’ll know where to find me.