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Reading Update: What I’ve Done, Couldn’t Finish, And Plan To Do

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The end of the year approaches—too quickly, I’m afraid—and time to offer my accomplishments, my failures, and my plans for the upcoming year in the what I like to call my reading life.

I have read 34 books so far, and am currently reading four more (with plans to finish them by the end of the year), for a total of 38 when the clock strikes midnight on December 31st.

This is well below my goal of fifty books a year I set for myself every year, but almost always fail to achieve it. I know now why: first, fifty books years is a wee bit on the ambitious side to begin; I was setting up myself for failure at the start. Second, in the past year, I have read books that are just too long to finish in a week.

So my goals for 2008 are as following: I will read fifty books, but this time I’ll make sure whatever book I read will be 300-pages or less. I have plenty of those. I will skew toward more fiction, which are often quicker reads then, say, non-fiction. Looks like a lot of hard-boiled, noirish detective novels in my future—Furst, Chandler, Ambler, Hammett, etc.

I was planning to read Foucault’s Pendulum and Khruschev’s Cold War, but they will have to wait since they are both 600-plus pages each.

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Written by niraj

December 10th, 2007 at 3:50 pm

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  1. I once read that Jacques Derrida had in its personal library over 10,000 books. When a reporter ask him if he really had read all those books Derrida answer: well, not really, in fact there are only four books that I’ve read extensively. Of course, what he was trying to say is that there can be a lot of books, but the ones that really worth the time were very small. However, to know that for a fact you need to read a lot of books, so it’s awesome that you put yourself a goal of books to read. Hope you can make it. Cya!
    (Sorry for my bad english 🙁

    Samuel Hanke

    10 Dec 07 at 16:06

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