Saturday, December 20, 2008

The 50 book challenge - update

Earlier this year, Steve Jobs commented on Amazon's "Kindle" project. He said it was flawed because Americans don't read....he cited a stat that only ~40% of Americans read 1 (or more) book per year.

Myself (and others I know) have set goals to read 50 books in the course of a year. I'm not sure it proves anything, since those setting the goal were already part of the "40%", but perhaps it will show that the reading audience out here is voracious and perhaps there's a chance that our love of reading will spread.

Anyway, here's my updated list of books read thus far. I've still got a ways to go (I slacked off a little over the summer).

Books I've read in 2008:
  1. Grimm's Fairy Tales
  2. The Candy Shop War
  3. The Garden In Which I Walk
  4. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland
  5. Alice's Adventures Through The Looking Glass
  6. The Looking Glass Wars
  7. The Jungle Books
  8. Charlie & The Chocolate Factory
  9. Peter Pan (Peter & Wendy)
  10. Dark Wraith of Shannara
  11. The Eyre Affair
  12. From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
  13. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  14. Hide and Seek
  15. The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe
  16. The Great Book of Amber: The Complete Amber Chronicles, 1-10 (Chronicles of Amber)
  17. The Pale Blue Eye
  18. The Catcher in the Rye
  19. Speak
  20. Artemis Fowl (book 1)
  21. My Name is Asher Lev
  22. Bless Me, Ultima
  23. Seeing Redd (Looking Glass Wars Book 2)
  24. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  25. Sucks to Be Me: The All-True Confessions of Mina Hamilton, Teen Vampire (maybe)
  26. The Book Thief
  27. Virgins and Martyrs
  28. City of Ember
  29. Into the Wild
  30. Sideways Stories From Wayside School
  31. House of the Scorpion
  32. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
  33. The Picture of Dorian Gray
  34. Push
  35. The Canterbury Tales
  36. Wayside School is Falling Down
  37. A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Stories

Well...only a week and a half to go and I'm at 37 books (with 2 more nearly finished). I don't think I'll hit my goal of 50, but I should hit 40...not too far off. I'll start next year's goal earlier and track it better.


Anonymous said...

Sorry you don't know me, (link of a link of a link) but I like your goal and am very glad you found Jasper Fforde. If you haven't, try the Nursery Crime series by him.

Okie said...

Thanks for the recommendation. I definitely plan to keep pushing through the Thursday Next series. They're a lot of fun. I'll definitely add Nursery Crimes to the list.

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad someone can actually get through some of the humor. I recommended one of the books to a guy and he just couldn't get through it! Oh, and the books do get a lot funner after the Eyre Affair.

Jaerixon said...

you sound smart, you should read my blog

Beth Kephart said...

What a great list of stories to have knocking around in your head.

Michael Kent said...

I want to read 50 books!

Steve Jobs is among the other 60% I guess!

How can someone kick reading?!!