Gone are the days when I made serious reading resolutions. A lot of readers say they want to read 100 books this year or they want to start a reading log. Those were my goals for many years until I retired and I had a lot of time with life being pretty stable. Then after a few years the count jumped to 180. That’s enough. More than 15 a month and I get confused. Actually, more than 12 a month is a bit too much for me, although it does depend on what I’m reading. This past year the total was 125 (about 10 a month and think I can stick with that pretty easily. although anywhere 10-15 is fine.
About the blog – back in the 1980s and ’90s I did so want to keep track but every time I tried I would either forget or lose the darned notebook. Then in 1998 or so I found websites. I devised a “library” page and kept my little notes there. Not called blog yet. That was Geocities and it was HTML I blew it and the whole site crashed. A few year later I went onto iWeb and that worked nicely even if it was WYSIWYG but Apple got out of the web business. So I moved again to WordPress in 2011 and I’ve been here since.
Now? I’d like to keep reading about 10 – 12 books a month and continue to keep track of them via my blog.
But in addition I’d like to do a clean up of my TBR “pile.” Pile is in quotes there because I have almost no physical books. I have one going at the moment but that’s only as a supplement to the Kindle (becuase the Kindle doesn’t have the beautiful photos.) I don’t read from that book. I have about 8 “To Be Read” Audio books and I’d like to get about 6 of them read without acquiring more – although if I acquire a couple new ones that’s fine. I don’t want the old ones hanging out and making a permanent home in that folder. I mostly read as I buy.
I want to finish The Transformation of Virginia by Rhys Isaac. I wanted that book for years and finally got it in both the Kindle version and the paperback. I got the paperback first because I knew the graphics weren’t included in the Kindle version. BUT, the trouble with the paperback is that the font is too small to read comfortably and it’s a physically large book. So I read along in my Kindle and when it shows a graphic should be there I check my paperback.
I also really want to read The Children of Ash and Elm by Neil Price but I’ll not make it into a resolution because I haven’t bought it yet, but I think it really needs reading,