The 100 challenge

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):

  1. “Resurrection”, Ryk Brown
  2. “Ready Player One”, Ernest Cline
  3. “Storm Front”, Jim Butcher
  4. “Terra dos Homens”, Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry
  5. “The Eye of the World”, Robert Jordan
  6. “The Great Hunt”, Robert Jordan
  7. “The Dragon Reborn”, Robert Jordan
  8. “The Shadow Rising”, Robert Jordan
  9. “The Hardware Hacker”, Andrew Huang
  10. “Sword Art Online 1: Aincrad”, Reki Kawahara
  11. “Sword Art Online 2: Aincrad”, Reki Kawahara
  12. “Sword Art Online 3: Fairy Dance”, Reki Kawahara
  13. “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?