When this year started, I decided to finally have a serious attempt at a quest I had already “failed” at a few times before: reading 52 books in a single year (I’ll go into why I quoted failed later in the post). I convinced a few folks in my family to join as well, and together we started, cataloging on an unified spreadsheet every book read by each person.
After a great start (followed by a bump in the road once the year really got going), I’m now a bit behind on the goal but, while reading Chris Guillebeau’s “The Happiness of Pursuit”, I decided to instead go big and use this year’s challenge as a stepping stone to a higher goal of reading 100 books in a single year. I’ll be keeping tabs here while I go (unless things go awry, as they sometimes tend to) and I don’t expect to achieve that quickly.
The nice thing about this exact quest I chose is: there is no failure scenario in my mind. If I set myself a goal of reading 100 books in a year and end up 80 books short, I’ve still read 20 books (which is pretty damn good).
My choices so far this year have not been premeditated, that is, I have not given any consideration to the actual list of books I’m reading other than simply choosing whatever the hell I thought would be cool to read at that point, but I want to try to change that a little bit going forward.
Here’s the current list for 2017 so far (yes, I’m far behind):
- “Resurrection”, Ryk Brown
- “Ready Player One”, Ernest Cline
- “Storm Front”, Jim Butcher
- “Terra dos Homens”, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
- “The Eye of the World”, Robert Jordan
- “The Great Hunt”, Robert Jordan
- “The Dragon Reborn”, Robert Jordan
- “The Shadow Rising”, Robert Jordan
- “The Hardware Hacker”, Andrew Huang
- “Sword Art Online 1: Aincrad”, Reki Kawahara
- “Sword Art Online 2: Aincrad”, Reki Kawahara
- “Sword Art Online 3: Fairy Dance”, Reki Kawahara
- “Sword Art Online 4: Fairy Dance”, Reki Kawahara
I will setup a tracker for the books here later and start doing some posts with interesting information from some of the books (though frankly not all of them really merit a post, and I’ll likely coalesce series together).
So, that’s my quest. How about yours?